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Euro Group A: Germany Favored, But Can Hungary Upset?

As summer approaches, so does the Euro 2024. The Euro predictions you’ll find here are the freshest, adapted to the upcoming tournament.

 

Euro Group A: Germany Favored, But Can Hungary Upset?
Germany's midfielder #08 Toni Kroos | Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

Is Germany the Clear Favorite to Win Group A?

Germany has endured a difficult few years. Back-to-back World Cup group-stage exits sandwiched a last-16 loss to England at Euro 2020, and thus fans head into Euro 2024 more with hope than expectation for the hosts to make a deep run.

However, Julian Nagelsmann seems to have Germany headed in the right direction with recent friendly wins (2-0 over France and 2-1 over The Netherlands) re-establishing the identity of the German national team, technical and tactical ability combined with a variety of speed, size, and power.

Question marks remain over the final makeup of this roster, with experienced vets like Toni Kroos, Antonio Rudiger, Ilkay Gundogan, and Kai Havertz meshing with young, talented stars like Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz, and Maximilian Beier who are all looking to make a case for what they bring to the table.

Expect Germany to possess the ball a lot against teams that simply can’t keep pace with Germany for 90 minutes and will look to exploit space on the counter.

Germany is figuring things out at the right time but many important players are out and will not play this summer. Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt, and Karim Adeyemi didn’t make the cut.

A hamstring injury, meanwhile, rules Serge Gnabry out. The most important name missing is Matts Hummels, who will play the Champions League final with Dortmund and who was arguably the MVP against PSG in the semis.

This isn’t the easiest group, with Hungary possessing some serious talent and both Scotland and Switzerland capable of getting a result, but I think Germany will have enough about them to put some poor recent performances behind them. With that said, we will include them in our soccer picks at -250.

 

 

Dark Horse Bet: Can Hungary Shock Switzerland & Scotland?

The fight for second place is where the real drama could unfold. We have Hungary, Switzerland, and Scotland, all with squads thirsty to make their mark on this grand stage. Hungary, the underdogs, are known for their resilient spirit. Don’t be surprised if they pull off a shock or two against their more favored counterparts.

Switzerland, on the other hand, is no stranger to tough European battles. Their team, laced with players who grace Europe’s top clubs, has proved they can stand toe-to-toe with the best. Solid at the back and with a knack for timely goals, they could very well secure that second spot.

Then there’s Scotland, a team with unyielding passion and the ability to rally as one. Scotland hasn’t looked this good since the ‘98 World Cup, a competition it hasn’t appeared in since. They’ll aim for a better result this year after falling to the bottom of group D in the last European Championship, ending with only a single point from their draw against England.

The heart and soul of the team is its midfield with players like Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, and Aston Villa’s John McGinn. However, a strong midfield is the team’s silver lining.

Many are predicting that Hungary could be the dark horse among the 24 nations in the competition. They are in good form, having impressed in the recent edition of the Nations League, while Marco Rossi’s team has shown they can score goals against strong opposition.

They are third favorites to win the group at +700 according to the latest soccer odds. It will be very difficult for them to achieve that result, but if you’re looking for a dark horse bet, Hungary is the way to go.

 

 

Question Of The Day

When will Euro 2024 take place?


The tournament will be played from June 14 to July 14, 2024, with a total of 51 matches being contested to find which team succeeds Italy as European champions.

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