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Young Talent Boosts Dangerous Spain at Euro 2024

Sad news for all soccer betting enthusiasts since we won’t be having the top European leagues back until mid-August. The good news is that we’re having the European Championship, a tournament that many consider even better than the World Cup.

In this piece, we’re talking about Spain, the Euro winners in 2012 and one of the favorites to dethrone Italy. La Roja will be led by Lamine Yamal, a player who will turn 17 during the tournament. I can’t even remember what I was doing when I was 17. Anyway, let’s talk about Spain’s chances of winning the 2024 Euro.

Young Talent Boosts Dangerous Spain at Euro 2024
Lamine Yamal | Joan Valls/Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via AFP

 

EURO 2024 Information

  • Dates: June 14 – July 14
  • Location: Germany (10 venues)
  • Teams: 24
  • Defending Champions: Italy

 

Yamal Among Young Stars for Spain

I’ll start by saying that Lamine Yamal totally deserves to be on Spain’s team. The youngster had a very good season with Barcelona, enough to be the most valuable player in several games, including the last edition of El Clasico. He’s a very explosive and skillful winger who’s more than ready to face the best defenders on the continent. I have no doubt that he’ll be a starter.

There’s also Fermin Lopez, a 21-year-old midfielder who also plays for Barcelona. Giving him a chance was the best thing Xavi Hernandez did while coaching Los Azulgranas. And to finish with the youngsters that will represent Spain and play for Barcelona, there’s Pau Cubarsi, who’s considered the best young center-back in all of Europe.

As for experienced players, the defensive unit will be led by Dani Carvajal and Alex Grimaldo. Carvajal has won it all with Real Madrid while Grimaldo was crucial for Bayer Leverkusen to win the Bundesliga title unbeaten. Marcos Llorente will be in charge of midfield while Alvaro Morata and Joselu Matos will be in charge of the attacking unit. Summing up, we’re talking about a well-balanced squad.

Now, let’s talk about those players that were left behind. Lucas Vazquez from Real Madrid and Marco Asensio from PSG lead the list. Vazquez was crucial for Real Madrid to win the La Liga title and reach the UEFA Champions League title game, while Asensio helped PSG to conquer Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France. In the end, that only shows that we’re truly talking about a team with talent to spare.

 

Recent Results

Spain’s last official tournament was the 2022 World Cup. La Roja suffered much more than expected to advance to the Round of 16. Japan ended up winning Group E with six points while Spain finished second with four – same as Germany – but having more goals made the difference.

Later, La Roja faced Morocco in the Round of 16. Spain won possession with 77 percent and finished with 13 shots, seven more than Morocco, but the match finished with a goalless draw. Morocco won 3-0 in penalties with Yassine Bounou as MVP. Spain’s head coach during the WC was Luis Enrique, who now coaches PSG. De La Fuente took over right after.

Regarding the Euro qualifiers, La Roja had no trouble winning Group A to advance directly. De La Fuente and his boys finished with a 7-0-1 record, 25 goals for and only five against. Their only defeat was in Scotland 2-0.

Here’s why Morata and Matos will be leading the attacking unit. Both scored four goals during the qualifiers, enough to be the team’s top scorers. They were followed by Ferran Torres, who’s also on the team, with three goals. I know you’re wondering about Yamal, well, he scored two goals.

 

What about the Soccer Odds?

Time to talk about Spain’s options to win the Euro 2024. According to the latest odds, La Roja is +800 to win the title. That’s better than the defending champions since Italy is +1400 and also than other powerhouses like Netherlands and Belgium, who are both offering a +1600 price. England (+300), France (+400) and Germany (+550) are the top three favorites.

Regarding Group B, Spain is -125 to finish atop the standings, followed by Italy at +200 and Croatia at +450. Albania comes last at +2500. Spain deserves to be favorite but watch out – we’re talking about a very difficult group. Italy won the last edition of the European Championship and Croatia reached at least the semifinals in the last two editions of the World Cup.

Finally, take under consideration that Spain is +350 to reach the Grand Finale while the price to finish as the runners-up is +600.

Individually, keep in mind that Morata is +3300 to win the Golden Boot. No other player from Spain offers a better price. Morata leading the way makes sense, but I don’t think he’s going to fulfill that role.

Regarding assists, Grimaldo is +2500 to finish the tournament atop the board. That’s way more realistic since we’re talking about a midfielder who loves to attack. Plus, he finished the Bundesliga season with 13 assists, more than any other player.

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions of the Day

Which team has won the most EURO titles?


Germany and Spain with three each.

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