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Euro 2024 Group B: Who Wins the Group of Death?

Every major international competition has what’s often referred to as a “Group of Death,” and it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say Group B is a contender for the crown. Check out our Euro 2024 previews and top soccer betting picks.

 

Euro 2024 Group B: Who Wins the Group of Death?
Jesus Navas, Alvaro Morata, Dani Carvajal Of Spain | Maurice Van Steen / Anp Mag / Anp Via Afp

Spain a Good Bet for Winner of Group B

We can’t take anything for granted in Group B, but one thing is more than likely: We’ll lose at least one big-name team from the competition after three rounds of fixtures from this set.

Spain is the early favorite to win the pool, but they must fend off the current European champions, Italy, who beat England in the Euro 2020 final. Croatia is another great side that’s good enough to progress.

Spain has won the European Championships three times in the past, putting them at the level of Germany as the tournament’s most decorated team.

They are one of the pre-competition favorites priced at +800 to win it all. It does not take an expert to work out that Spain are strong contenders to lift the trophy in Germany. They will dominate possession in all their games, yet they must ensure they score enough goals.

The absence of Gavi is a blow and their manager Luis de la Fuente is not a big name, but they are a talented squad, won their qualifying group and we expect them to win the group. We will include them in our soccer picks and parlays at -125.

Three squads from Group B are projected to advance, according to the latest 2024 European Championship odds. The four best third-place squads in Euro 2024 will advance, so there is an opportunity, regardless of how difficult it will be to finish in the top two in Group B.

Can Italy Defend Title?

The Italians will arrive at the Euro 2024 as the defending champions, but even their own fans do not predict a repeat of their achievement three years ago. This one is not a vintage Italy squad, but Luciano Spaletti is a gifted coach and it is never wise to write the Azzurri off.

Italy finished second behind England in Euro 2024 qualifying Group C, but they won’t lose sleep over allowing England to pip them to the post at that stage.

It was Spalletti who masterminded Napoli’s stunning Serie A title triumph last season and, despite taking over just before the conclusion of the campaign, he managed to get his country to Germany.

He still has plenty of work to do if Italy are to have any hope of retaining their European crown, but his squad has plenty of experience and we expect them to make it at least to the quarter finals. If you love soccer props, you should back Italy to reach the quarterfinals at +110.

 

 

Croatia has the skills to reach the knock out stages

Croatia knocked Brazil out of the last World Cup as the perennial overachievers punched above their weight again. Every soccer capper in the industry will take Croatia seriously this summer, yet they would have hoped for an easier group than this one.

They’ve still got their golden generation core at their disposal, but they could struggle this summer. It would be a shame to lose Croatia after three games but don’t write them off yet.

Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic are all still in great form, with Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida still going strong, too. There’s fresher faces in the team nowadays, however, with Manchester City defender Josko Gvardiol having developed into a brilliant player for the national team. Josip Stanisic and Marco Pasalic are strong talents as well.

Croatia has successfully qualified for every Euros except the 2000 edition, held in Belgium and the Netherlands. The team’s notable achievements include reaching the quarterfinals twice, in 1996 and 2008.

 

 

Questions of the Day

Who scored the most goals in the Euro 2024 qualifiers?


Romelu Lukaku finished as the top scorer in UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying having hit four goals in Belgium’s final game to surge past Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and set a new record in the process (14 goals). 

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