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Can Favored England End Drought, Finally Win the Euros?

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England have not won a single trophy since the 1966 World Cup, but they have come closer and closer to breaking that drought under Gareth Southgate. Having reached the World Cup semifinals in 2018, the Three Lions made it all the way to the Euro 2020 Final, only to lose on penalties at Wembley to Italy.

Three years later, England find themselves as the overwhelming favorite to come away with their first Euros title, with the sportsbooks backing them to win the tournament at +325 ahead of France (+375) and Germany (+525).

Can Favored England End Drought, Finally Win the Euros?
Harry Kane of England | Alex Nicodim / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

The odds are in England’s (-217) favor as they look to come away with a victory against Serbia (+643) and kick off their tournament with three points at Gelsenkirchen.

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England vs Serbia Match Information

  • Match: England vs Serbia
  • Location: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Day/Time: Sunday, June 16, 3:00 p.m. ET
  • England vs Serbia Live Stream: Fubo.tv

 

England vs Serbia Odds and Spreads

Serbia
England
+623
Money Line Game
-217
+1 +110
Handicap Game
-1 -140
+347
Money Line Draw
+347
Over ½ -123
Team Total Game
Over 1½ -153
Under ½ -107
Team Total Game
Under 1½ +123

 

  • England have won six of their last eight competitive matches, drawing the other two.
  • England have scored 2+ goals in nine of their last 14 matches in all competitions.
  • Serbia have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 of their last 12 matches.
  • Both England and Serbia have featured less than 4.5 cards in their last seven matches.
  • England have opened their last three major tournaments with a victory since Gareth Southgate’s appointment.

 

Can Serbia Make Life Difficult for England?

On paper, England have the best squad out of all of the 24 teams competing in the Euros. They have the current European Golden Boot winner in Harry Kane, the La Liga Player of the Season in Jude Bellingham, the Premier League Player of the Season in Phil Foden and a devastatingly talented crop of young talent featuring the likes of Cole Palmer, Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice. However, if you think that their opening match against Serbia will be a walk in the park, you are sorely mistaken.

England have had a fairly lackadaisical run of form, winning just one of their last five matches – a 3-0 win vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina. They have conceded the first goal in four of their last five matches, and whilst all of those have been friendly matches, their pre-tournament preparation has been far from ideal. As their latest match emphasized – a 1-0 defeat to Iceland – this England side has plenty of work to do if they are to finally end their trophy drought.

As for Serbia, their backline has been far from watertight, with clean sheets coming at a premium for Dragan Stojkovic’s men. However, they do have a scintillating front six that counts on the technical proficiency and vision of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Dusan Tadic as well as the sharpshooting skills of Dusan Vlahovic, who has led the line at Juventus with remarkable composure. Despite plying his trade under the conservative tactics of Max Allegri, Vlahovic racked up 16 goals in Serie A this season, second only to Lautaro Martinez.

 

Mitrovic the Man to Watch for Serbia

It is a mouth-watering assortment of attacking options, but there can be no doubt that Serbia’s attacking talisman is Aleksandar Mitrovic. With 58 goals, he has emerged as Serbia’s all-time leading goal scorer, grabbing 21 in 23 competitive appearances under Stojkovic. Whilst he has spent the past season in Saudi Arabia, scoring 40 goals and eight assists in 44 appearances for Al-Hilal, he has ample experience in the English first division and second division with Newcastle and Fulham.

England, meanwhile, will be without veteran defensive leader Harry Maguire due to a muscle injury. This, compounded by Southgate’s decision to leave Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite out of the squad, means that England could be easily exploited by the pace and physicality of Mitrovic.

An aggressive, hard-working forward who can snuff out opportunities in the blink of an eye and come out on top in just about every single aerial duel, he will be spearheading a tall, physically imposing Serbia side that will be looking to make the most of the opportunity to shine in European football’s biggest stage. We’re backing both teams to find the back of the net, and we’re backing Mitrovic to make himself a nuisance against England’s backline in our Euro parlays.

Best Euro Bets: Both teams to score (Ev)

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

Will England keep a clean sheet in their opening match?


England have conceded the first goal in four of their last five, and they will have a tough time keeping a clean sheet vs. Serbia.

Which player is likely to score this week?


Aleksandar Mitrovic is in sensational form for club and country, and he’s capable of testing Jordan Pickford with his dangerous strikes.

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