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Who are the favourites for Euro 2020?

The Euros have kicked off and the party has started. After a long break away from international football, this is the tournament that we all needed to lift our spirits. With Spain’s slight decline away from dominance in the past 8 years, we have seen France and Germany win the past two world cups, and Portugal won the last Euros. This very much represents just how open the tournament is this season, despite France being the clear favourites in places such as Ladbrokes Casino promo code. So, let’s have a rundown of the four favourites this year.

France

France is touted as the favourites for their star-studded lineup, with the likes of Kanté, Pogba, Mbappé, Griezmann, Varane, and Benzema. It’s difficult to argue that France doesn’t have the strongest squad at the Euros, along with Deschamps, a very experienced tournament manager. What France doesn’t have, though, is an easy group. They are very much in the group of death with Germany, Portugal, and Hungary.

Belgium

Belgium impressed in their first game and in particular Lukaku, who managed to score two past Russia in Belgium’s opener. Like France, Belgium has incredible talent in Kevin De Bruyne and Lukaku, and a good manager in Roberto Martinez. Belgium is resounding favourites to come first in their group, particularly after Finland took 3 points away from Denmark following the tragic incident of Christian Eriksen.

Portugal

Winning the last Euros, Portugal cannot be ignored. With Christiano Ronaldo fired up and Bernardo Silva, Dias, and Cancelo alongside him, they will fancy their chances of surviving the group of death. Portugal comes in at around 5th favourites this year at most bookies, making them a dark horse.

England

Unlike some of the other dressing rooms which saw underperformance in the qualifiers, like Germany, there is a general buzz of unity around England players after winning their opener against Croatia. Whilst they’re not top 3 favourites, there’s no reason to rule them out as top 5 favourites. England is inundated with great attacking options, and whilst the defence has been a concern, a clean sheet against the strongest opponent in their group suggests they may perform well.

Who else to look out for

Of course, there are some big names missing from this list. But, the above four teams are the favourites at the bookies, meaning, this is the way the public are backing at the moment. Spain and Germany are clearly not far from this list, or arguably should be on it.

In fact, Germany is going into this tournament as a possible dark horse - which is a strange sentence, but it’s true. Despite being out of form and struggling, they have the experience and personnel to cause an upset. It’s a similar story with Spain too, though they have suffered from a weakening squad in the past 10 years.

Finally, Italy deserves a massive mention, and are perhaps the ultimate dark horse of the tournament. Not only do they have a strong squad, but they kicked off the tournament in style with a 3-0 victory over Turkey. Italy has a lot of games at home too, with the support of their country behind them and a passionate team, which is something invaluable at an international tournament.

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