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France, Netherlands Teams to Beat in Euro 2024 Group D

France are one of the favorites to win the entire tournament but their passage out of Group D isn’t as straightforward as many expect.

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France, Netherlands Teams to Beat in Euro 2024 Group D
France’s Kylian Mbappe | Keita Iijima / Yomiuri / The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP

 

France Bidding for Third Euro Trophy

After a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign that saw France crash out on penalties to Switzerland in the last 16 and World Cup heartbreak at the hands of Argentina in the final in Qatar in 2022, Didier Deschamps will be hoping his troops can pick themselves up, go all the way and lift the trophy in Germany.

The French side will renew rivalries with the Netherlands this summer, and they will feel that they already have an advantage over the Oranje. They won Euro 2024 qualifying Group B in excellent fashion. Remaining unbeaten in their eight games, the French dropped just two points along the way.

France has been one of the most dominant teams in soccer over the past decade or so. The country won the 2018 World Cup and reached the final of the same tournament in 2022.

You could say that Euro 2020 was a disappointment, but overall, France is always among the favorites and this year’s European Championship is not an exception.

The squad features world-class players at multiple positions, making it an excellent outright winner pick. We don’t expect France to have any issues in their group, even if the competition in this Group D is pretty strong.

What’s more, the squad is equipped with an unbelievable amount of talent with players such as Kylian Mbappe, Aurelien Tchouameni, Antoine Griezmann, Theo Hernandez and Ousmane Dembele all likely to grace the European stage in Germany. France will be one of the teams to beat, without a doubt.

They are priced at -190 to top their group according to the latest soccer odds and are second favorites to lift the trophy at +400. Given their attack firepower and the depth of their squad, we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.

 

The Netherlands Look Ready to Impress

The Netherlands hasn’t quite lived up to the high expectations of its fans in recent times, but Euro 2024 is a chance to remedy that. They have a star-studded squad packed with players good enough to win a game with a moment of individual brilliance.

Unlike in past tournaments, the Netherlands are not among the favorites to win the summer championship. The Oranje finished second in Group B to qualify for Euro 2024, losing twice to eventual winners France, who they will face again soon.

Ronald Koeman inherited a talented squad from Louis van Gaal after their impressive run to the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals, and will be confident of making an even bigger splash in Germany this summer.

Not many people are predicting this scenario, but if Koeman’s team wins Group D, they will face the runner-up of Group F next, which is likely to be Turkey based on the betting odds.

If the Dutch team progresses to the quarterfinals, they will probably face the winner of Group E, which is expected to be Belgium.

The potential of players at Koeman’s disposal is huge with players capable of winning games from seemingly nowhere. There are doubts about Koeman’s ability to lead this generation of players and questions about his tactical prowess remain, but with the talent pool available, we expect the Netherlands to enjoy a deep tournament run.

They will fight Austria and Poland for a place in the knockout stages. Austria have been buoyed by the news that ex-Manchester United coach Ralf Rangnick has rejected Bayern Munich to remain in charge of a national team that excelled in the qualifiers while Poland looks mediocre at best.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

What’s the format of Euro 2024?


The competition takes a similar format to the World Cup: six groups of four teams will be contested on a round-robin basis, with the top two in each group and four best third-placed teams progressing to a knockout phase. The 16 remaining teams play a series of elimination rounds, with extra-time and penalty shoot-outs required if scores are level. The final two teams will contest a final, with the winners to be crowned European champions.

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