The 16th edition of the European Soccer Championship, better known as the Euros, is set to begin June 11, but it’s never too early to start checking the Odds to win the Euros and make some predictions.
If thought you were going to miss soccer now that the European domestic leagues are coming to an end, don’t worry, because the Euros brings together many of the best players in the world, and the action is pretty wild!
Euro 2021 Betting Lines
In 2018, the World Cup trophy almost returned home, but England lost to Croatia in the Semifinals. Now, practically the same roster will try to win the Euros for the first time, and the odds are on their side thanks to a +400 price.
With Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mason Mount, Phil Foden and many more on board, England should have no problems winning Group D against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic.
England won their first three 2022 World Cup Qualifiers games with a 9-1 aggregate, they defeated San Marino, Albania and Poland. I know San Marino is not a tough competitor, but they crushed them 5-0.
In 2016, England lost to Iceland in the Round of 16. I think they’ll definitely do better than that this time.
Guess what? Karim Benzema is back after a five years absence due to some personal issues with manager Didier Deschamps. Now, France own an offensive unit with Benzema, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman, it can’t get better than this, as the odds are suggesting with a price of +450.
France also started the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers with the right foot after drawing 1-1 with Ukraine and beating Kazakhstan 0-2 and Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0.
Everything sounds pretty good for France, not so fast, they first have to survive the toughest group in the competition. They share Group F with Hungary, Germany and Portugal.
The French come in as reigning world champions, and they’ve won the Euros twice (1984 and 2000). In 2016, they lost the Grand Finale to Portugal despite being the host.
Believe it or not, Belgium lead the FIFA World Ranking, and they are +500 at the Odds to win the Euro. It shouldn’t be a surprise when you realize that this roster includes Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and many more, the only problem is that Hazard is not at his best.
Belgium remain unbeaten in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers with a 2-1-0 record. They beat Gareth Bale and Wales 3-1, drew 1-1 against the Czech Republic, and crushed Belarus 8-0 — that’s exactly what a powerhouse should do, right?
Roberto Martinez has been the manager since 2016, and he has been doing a great job with these players. Belgium share Group B with Denmark, Finland and Russia, and they should finish at the top.
Belgium have never won the Euro. Their best result was finishing as runners-up in 1980. In 2018, Belgium played an amazing World Cup, but they were eliminated by France in the Semifinals.
This will be Joachim Low’s last official tournament as Germany’s manager, and that could boost their motivation a little. Right now, Germany is offering a +600 price, but don’t forget that they couldn’t surpass the Group Stage in the 2018 World Cup.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen already said he’s not going to be able to play in the Euro, but they’ve Manuel Neuer and Kevin Trapp. Their offensive unit includes Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Kevin Volland and Serge Gnabry — not bad at all!
Germany is 2-0-1 in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. They defeated Iceland 3-0 and Romania 1-0, but suffered a shocking defeat (1-2) against North Macedonia.
They last won the Euros in 1996. More recently, their best result was to finish as runners-up in 2008, when Spain won their first.
Last but not least, Spain offer a +650 price. Manager Luis Enrique returned to lead much needed generational change, and he has been giving a real opportunity to players such as Unai Simon, Daniel Olmo, Pedri, Eric Garcia, Ansu Fati and more.
In the 2018 World Cup, Spain lost in the Round of 16 against Russia, but this is a completely different team. In the Euro 2021, Spain share Group E with Sweden, Poland and Slovakia, and they should have no trouble advancing to the second round, especially because Sweden will be without Zlatan Ibrahimović.
They’re 2-1-0 in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. They defeated Georgia 2-1 and Kosovo 3-1 and drew 1-1 against Greece.
Spain won the Euros in 2008 and 2012. In 2016, they lost in the Round of 16 to Italy.
Final Analysis and Predictions
For me, the inclusion of Karim Benzema in the French national squad changes everything. With Benzema and Kylian Mbappe up front, France should be nearly unstoppable, but that’s not all, they also have a very solid defense, and they’re very motivated after winning the 2018 World Cup.
France won the World Cup in 1998, and then won the Euros in 2000. I expect that to happen again, that’s why I think France should be your sports betting pick here!
My Dark Horse pick is Portugal. I know, they’re not in the top five on the odds board, but they’re offering a +700 price, and this team is so much more than Cristiano Ronaldo, who could be playing his last Euro, they also have Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, Joao Felix and more!