Euro 2020 Betting
WATCH: The Euros Verdict
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The best bookmakers (many of whom offer ACCA insurance) are prepared to lay around 6/1 about an England victory and they are likely to see plenty of patriotic money come their way. Indeed, every bookie will hope the Three Lions go deep to further the betting interest in the tournament although most operators will report a loss if Gareth Southgate steers the team to a first major tournament victory since 1966.
The world champions currently sit at 9/2, while the biggest we’ve found about Belgium is 7/1. We’d recommend you take a slice of this before the Red Devils shorten as the knockout rounds approach.
The Netherlands are generally a 7/1 chance and the Dutch could have a favourable quarter of the draw, while Germany, Spain and Italy are all available at single figure quotes with the best bookmakers for the Euros. However, the Azzurri are as big as 14/1 with many bookies who seem determined to take on some of the leading lights.
Portugal stunned everyone at Euro 2016 although many bookies are comfortable enough to lay 20/1 about Cristiano Ronaldo & Co doing it all over again, while the bookies think that Croatia are realistically the only other team who can triumph at the Euros, with the Blazers a best price 28/1 if you shop around hard enough. As the Euros progress you’ll find up to date betting tips on bookmakers.co.uk so make sure to stick with us throughout the tournament!
What Happened With Qualifier Playoffs?
In five of the last six EUROs there were playoffs. However, the 2020 play-offs offered a totally different format. For the first time teams had to advance in more than one round. Unlike preceding tournaments, sides qualified through the UEFA Nations League rather than European Qualifiers.
A number of draws in November 2019 dictated the playoff fixtures. The qualifier play-off semi finals took place on 8 October 2020. The results were as follows:
- Bulgaria 1 - 3 Hungary
- Iceland 2 - 1 Romania
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 - 1 Northern Ireland (3 - 4 pens)
- Slovakia 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland (4 - 2 pens)
- Norway 1 - 2 Serbia
- Scotland 0 - 0 Israel (5 - 3 pens)
- Georgia 1 - 0 Belarus
- North Macedonia 2 - 1 Kosovo
- Hungary 2 - 1 Iceland
- Northern Ireland 1 - 2 Slovakia (extra time)
- Serbia 1 - 1 Scotland (4 - 5 pens)
- Georgia 0 - 1 Macedonia
Top Goalscorer Betting Odds
Harry Kane was the Golden Boot winner at the 2018 World Cup and it’s no surprise that the England captain is among the market leaders to score the most goals at Euro 2020. The Three Lions have a relatively easy group that includes Czech Republic and Scotland, with the Tottenham forward potentially filling his boots as he did two years ago.
However, some will think the 11/2 quotes a touch on the long side and we prefer the 13/2 about market leader Romelo Lukaku who looks certain to lead the line for a high-scoring Belgium side. The Inter forward was breathing down Kane’s neck at the recent World Cup and is sure to get plenty of ammunition from the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.
Cristiano Ronaldo is a 14/1 shot although could run into problems during a difficult group stage, while the same applies to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann who will come up against stubborn German and Portuguese defences. It’s worth noting that the tournament top scorer generally has a few on the board before the knockout stage.
Memphis Depay and Alvaro Morata are trading at a bigger price, with the former likely to operate in an advanced position for the Netherlands, while the Spanish striker could make hay in Group E considering Sweden, Poland and Slovakia lie in wait.
England supporters may want to bear in mind that Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick against the Czechs during qualifying and the Manchester City forward is a best price 20/1 to win this summer’s Golden Boot, while Italy’s Ciro Immobile is trading at similar odds and could be Roberto Mancini’s preferred option.
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