When Turkey meets Italy in Rome on Friday, it’ll kick off a jam-packed soccer betting summer. The European Championship is usually full of surprises and the last edition was no different. Portugal, by way of Eder’s extra time goal, shocked France in 2016 to take home Europe’s biggest prize.
France opens as our favorite to win Euro 2020 at +450 but there are plenty of contenders who are in the running. Let’s kick off what should be an exciting Euros with prop predictions for the first fixtures in groups A-C.
Italy vs Turkey – June 11th, 3 p.m. ET, Rome
Roberto Mancini’s Italy hasn’t lost in 22 games. The Azzurri missed out on the World Cup in 2018 for the first time in 60 years. Since then, the Italians have been an exciting side and have a decent shot to win the tournament. Italy has the benefit of playing all of its group stage games in Rome but faces a tough test against Turkey.
Turkey boasts wins over the Netherlands and France in the past couple of years and has some exciting talents. However, even with 35 year old striker Burak Yilmaz defying father time, it’ll be difficult to score on this Italian defense. Italy has kept a clean sheet in seven straight internationals and I expect this trend to continue.
Pick: Italy To Win To Nil (+125)
Wales vs Switzerland – June 12th, 9 a.m. ET, Baku
Wales reached the semi-final of Euro 2016, but has its work cut out for it in a difficult group and will be missing manager Ryan Giggs. Plus, Wales has scored just three goals in its last five internationals. With Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, though, Wales will always have a fighting chance.
Switzerland, on the other hand, has won its last six games and has a more balanced team. Haris Seferović scored 22 goals for Benfica this season but has often struggled to recreate that form with the national team. With Wales scoring more than one goal just once since 2019 and Switzerland playing a methodical style, a 0-0 draw has some value here.
Pick: No Goal (+500)
Denmark vs Finland – June 12th, 12 p.m. ET, Copenhagen
These two Scandinavian nations will meet as Finland qualified for its first ever Euro. Denmark is a dark horse and could make a deep run in the tournament with an especially strong midfield. Christian Eriksen (Inter), Thomas Delaney (Dortmund), and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham) form a formidable three.
Finland’s form leading up to the tournament has been dreadful with three straight losses and no wins in five matches. In Teemu Pukki, Finland has a goal scoring threat but Denmark should cruise to a win.
Pick: Denmark and Total Over 2½ (+155)
Belgium vs Russia – June 12th, 3 p.m. ET, St. Petersburg
Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne became one of just three players to win consecutive PFA Players’ Player of the Year Awards. He suffered facial injuries in the Champions League Final and remains doubtful for Belgium’s matchup with Russia following surgery.
Even so, Belgium still has enough talent to defeat Russia in St. Petersburg.
Expect Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco to pick up the creative slack if De Bruyne, who led the Premier League in assists per 90 minutes, can’t suit up. Without its midfield maestro, Belgium should win but won’t create as many chances as usual.
Pick: Belgium and Total Under 4½ (-110)
Austria vs North Macedonia – June 13th, 12 p.m. ET, Bucharest
North Macedonia won’t take its first major tournament appearance for granted. It’s a large feat for this landlocked country of just over two million. North Macedonia should also not be taken lightly as it pulled off a historic upset win against Germany in World Cup Qualifying in March. In veteran Genoa striker Goran Pandev, Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas and Leeds United wingback Ezgjan Alioski, North Macedonia has a trio of high level players.
Austria, who has struggled for form lately, did beat North Macedonia twice in Euro qualifiers two years ago. But, the third time could be the charm for North Macedonia as Austria has never won a game at the Euros. Back the feel-good team of the tournament to continue to make history.
Pick: North Macedonia and Total Under 3½ (+600)
Netherlands vs Ukraine – June 13th, 3 p.m. ET, Amsterdam
With Virgil van Dijk out for the Netherlands, the back line will take a hit. On the other end of the pitch, Wout Weghorst scored 20 goals for Wolfsburg this season and could hit the ground running at the Euros. Memphis Depay has also scored 5 goals in his last three games for the Netherlands.
Ukraine, under manager Andriy Shevchenko, should be full of belief. The Ukrainians have drawn with France and beaten Spain in the past year. Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko has 40 international goals and should eventually pass Shevchenko’s mark of 48. I think both teams will score and the Netherlands will come out on top.