Almost exactly one year after its original start date, Euro 2020 is finally kicking off on June 11th 2021. Thanks to the Covid-caused delay, it will have been three years since European sides – including England – took part in a major tournament.
Certain adjustments have been made – to venues, crowd sizes, and so on – but Euro 2020 is still creating a significant amount of excitement already. It’s the kind of excitement that – in truth – only a top international football competition can generate.
In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Euro 2020 betting. We’ll explain the structure of the competition, how and where you can wager on it, what types of special offers you can find, and plenty more besides. Let’s get started.
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Euro 2020 Qualifiers and Group Stages
The Euro 2020 qualifiers started back in March 2019. Thanks to the pandemic-related delays, it continued all the way to November 2020, months after the main tournament’s original start date. 55 teams from around Europe took part, with 262 matches being played in total, and only the top 24 teams made Euro 2020 itself.
For the first time, another competition – the Nations League – also affected Euros qualifying, giving competing countries an alternate way into the tournament. This meant that teams like Scotland, Slovakia, and Hungary – who finished out of the top two spots in their qualifying groups – still eventually made Euro 2020 via the Nation’s League playoffs.
England were given an extremely friendly group in their Euro 2020 qualifiers. They were placed in Group A – along with the Czech Republic, Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Montenegro – and won seven of their eight matches, easily topping the table. Their only loss came against the Czech Republic – 2-1 – and in total they scored a hefty 37 goals, conceding only six. England captain Harry Kane also topped the overall goalscoring charts for qualifying, netting 12 times to go with his five assists.
With qualifying all wrapped up, the draw for the final Euro 2020 group stage took place on Saturday 30th November. Let’s take a look at how each group looks heading into the tournament.
Group D [England]
Teams: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
- England vs Croatia, 13th June, 15:00 (GMT)
- Scotland vs Czech Republic, 14th June, 15:00
- Croatia vs Czech Republic, 18th June, 18:00
- England vs Scotland, 18th June, 21:00
- Czech Republic vs England, 22nd June, 21:00
- Croatia vs Scotland, 22nd June, 21:00
You simply could not have picked a more intriguing group for England, with each of the three other teams providing a fascinating storyline.
Their main competition in the group will come from Croatia, led by the evergreen Luka Modric. The Croats ended England’s thrilling World Cup 2018 run, beating them 2-1 in the semi-finals. England then edged past Croatia by the same score in the Nations League later that year. In short, there’s plenty of motivation on both sides to win the opening game of Group D.
Elsewhere, it seemed like fate intervened as Scotland – playing in their first international finals for two decades – were drawn in the same group as geographical neighbours England. The two groups of players know each other well too, with the likes of Andrew Robertson, Kieran Tierney, John McGinn, and Scott McTominay all starring in the Premier League.
Fate played a part once again in matching England up with the Czech Republic – their third and final Group D opponents. As noted, the Czechs were the only side to beat England during the qualifiers, which will surely give them a mental boost for the Three Lions’ last group game.
Teams: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
- Turkey vs Italy, 11th June, 21:00
- Wales vs Switzerland, 12th June, 15:00
- Turkey vs Wales, 16th June, 18:00
- Italy vs Switzerland, 16th June, 21:00
- Italy vs Wales, 20th June, 18:00
- Switzerland vs Turkey, 20th June, 18:00
Italy have the strongest track record in the group, having won one UEFA Euro Cup, and made the finals on two other occasions. They’ve rebounded well from a disastrous 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, which saw them miss the tournament itself, winning all 10 of their qualifiers for Euro 2020.
Euro 2016 served as Wales’ top highlight in living memory. Led by Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, and – to a more surprising extent – Will Grigg – they made it all the way to the semi-finals, beating Belgium en route, before losing to eventual champions Portugal. Anything close to a repeat performance in Euro 2020 would be extremely impressive.
Both Switzerland and Turkey qualified from relatively weak groups, finishing first and second respectively. Their squads look both balanced and competitive, and – with all respect to Wales – one of this pair will likely finish second in Group A.
Teams: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
- Denmark vs Finland, 12th June, 18:00
- Belgium vs Russia, 12th June, 21:00
- Finland vs Russia, 16th June, 15:00
- Denmark vs Belgium, 17th June, 18:00
- Russia vs Denmark, 21st June, 21:00
- Finland vs Belgium, 21st June, 21:00
Having finished third at the 2018 World Cup, Belgium absolutely destroyed their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, winning all 10 games, scoring 40 goals, and conceding just three. Belgium are stacked with star power, and are currently the best team in the world according to FIFA’s rankings.
Russia are arguably the most interesting contenders for second-place in Group B. They defied all expectations in the 2018 World Cup, making it all the way to the quarter-finals. Whether they can replicate this performance away from home soil is up for debate, though.
Denmark had a decent Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, finishing second in their group. That said, they surely lack the firepower – outside of talisman Christian Eriksen – to make a big run in June.
The same is probably true of Finland. They managed to finish ahead of Greece in their qualifiers, but are severely lacking in star power, relying almost completely on the goals of the inconsistent Teemu Pukki.
Teams: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
- Austria vs North Macedonia, 13th June, 18:00
- Netherlands vs Ukraine, 13th June, 21:00
- Ukraine vs North Macedonia, 17th June, 15:00
- Netherlands vs Austria, 17th June, 21:00
- North Macedonia vs Netherlands, 21st June, 18:00
- Ukraine vs Austria, 21st June, 18:00
The Netherlands failed to make the 2018 World Cup, but rebounded impressively under Ronald Koeman. They came second in their qualifying group, barely losing out to Germany, and – with their well-balanced squad – should make waves in Euro 2020.
Ukraine surprised many by topping their own group, ahead of both Serbia and 2016 champions Portugal. With strong defences being key in knockout competitions, their record of conceding only four goals in eight qualifiers bodes well for the summer.
Austria had an unspectacular qualifying campaign, finishing six points behind Poland in their group. While they have plenty of players from top Bundesliga sides – including David Alaba and Marcel Sabitzer – it would be surprising if the Austrians made a significant run in the tournament.
The same is definitely true of North Macedonia. They only needed to beat Kosovo and Georgia in the playoffs to make Euro 2020, and – frankly – are shoo-ins to finish bottom of Group C.
Teams: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
- Poland vs Slovakia, June 14th, 18:00
- Spain vs Sweden, June 14th, 21:00
- Sweden vs Slovakia, June 18th, 15:00
- Spain vs Poland, June 19th, 21:00
- Slovakia vs Spain, June 23rd, 18:00
- Sweden vs Poland, June 23rd, 18:00
This is easily one of the most balanced groups at Euro 2020. Spain are the biggest name, but have struggled mightily since their 2008-2012 golden age. They’ve failed to make the quarter finals of three straight international tournaments, so – despite a typically strong squad – simply can’t be counted on this summer.
Sweden were actually in Spain’s group for the qualifiers. Despite finishing five points behind the Spaniards, they received a massive boost when ageless superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic agreed to come out of retirement for Euro 2020.
Also led by a lethal striker are Poland, who topped their own qualifying group while gaining 25 of a possible 30 points. Robert Lewandoswki was the best player in the world last year, and will scare any and all defences he comes up against.
Slovakia put in a respectable performance in Euro 2016, notably frustrating England in a 0-0 draw. It would be highly surprising if they didn’t finish bottom of Group E this summer, though.
Teams: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
- Hungary vs Portugal, June 15th, 18:00
- France vs Germany, June 15th, 21:00
- Hungary vs France, June 19th, 15:00
- Portugal vs Germany, June 19th, 21:00
- Germany vs Hungary, June 23rd, 21:00
- Portugal vs France, June 23rd, 21:00
Every international tournament needs a ‘group of death’, and that’s exactly what we’ve got here. The three most recent World Cup and Euros winners have been thrown together, with only two qualifying spots up for grabs.
Portugal played a defensive but effective brand of football in winning Euro 2016. They conceded only one goal in four knockout games, and Cristiano Ronaldo was named as the Team of the Tournament’s forward.
France lost out to Portugal in the 2016 Euro Cup final, but dominated in Russia two years later. With star power all across the pitch – including the likes of Mbappe, Griezmann, and Pogba – they have arguably the strongest team again for this tournament.
Germany were humiliated in the 2018 World Cup, finishing bottom in a fairly easy group. Since then they’ve trusted more in their bevy of young talent, and won seven out of eight games in qualifying.
Hungary benefited from the new playoff system in making the Euro 2020 finals. Unfortunately for them though, they look certain to be the sacrificial lamb in this absolutely brutal group.
Euro 2020 Betting Odds – Betting on England
As with other major tournaments, Euro 2020 online betting opens months in advance. Many punters will opt to place outright wagers ahead of the competition, then wager game-by-game when the action actually kicks off. If that sounds appealing to you, these are the two main outright markets to focus on.
Quite simply, this involves predicting which country you think will hoist the trophy on July 11th. Every team in the tournament is available to bet on here, although the odds skyrocket when you get past the eight favourites. These current prices are taken from Bet365, but those on other major bookies are extremely similar:
- England – 5/1
- France – 5/1
- Belgium – 6/1
- Germany – 7/1
- Portugal – 8/1
- Spain – 8/1
- Italy – 11/1
- Netherlands – 12/1
Seeing as they haven’t won a tournament since the 1966 World Cup – nor even made a final – you might be surprised to see England joint-top. It’s fair to say, however, that their favourite status is not an actual prediction by the bookies.
Instead, betting sites are simply capitalising on the hype which surrounds England heading into every major competition. They’ve got a strong forward line, and made the semi-finals in Russia three years ago, but aren’t great value at this price. Still, if you want to place a patriotic punt, England to win the whole thing is a fun market!
Having made the 2016 final, and won the 2018 World Cup, France are a much safer bet here. Germany and Portugal have recent pedigree for winning tournaments, and there’s a sense that Belgium – still blessed with plenty of talent – will surely put the pieces together one of these years.
This is a trickier market to evaluate than Overall Winner. You need to take not only the quality of the actual players into account, but the quality of their teams too. After all, sides that go further will have more games, with their players therefore having more chances to score.
These are the four clear favourites for Top Goalscorer right now, per Bet365:
- Harry Kane – 5/1
- Romelu Lukaku – 8/1
- Kylian Mbappe – 9/1
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/1
All four of these are actually solid picks. Once again, Kane’s price is low because bookies can count on plenty of action from England fans anyway. Still, he did pick up the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, and is enjoying another outstanding season for Tottenham.
Lukaku and Mbappe are also having excellent domestic campaigns, and both Belgium and France should go far. Ronaldo is more of a wildcard, but – even if Portugal only play three or four games – still has the ability to rack up goals in a hurry.
Other England Markets
If – like many fans – you like to place a few wagers on England at major tournaments, there are a couple of other routes you can take.
Right now these mostly relate to their performance in the group stage. England are a prohibitively low 1/33 to qualify from Group D, but their price to win the group is a much more attractive 2/5. If you’re feeling pessimistic about the Three Lions’ chances, you can take them at a hefty 14/1 not to qualify.
Looking longer-term, you can also get odds on England to make the final from a handful of bookies. Betfair and Paddy Power both have this priced at 11/4 right now, which – once again – is lower than France, Belgium, or Germany.
England at Euro 2020
Expectations for England at UEFA Euro 2020 aren’t as sky-high as they used to be, during the era of the so-called ‘golden generation’. That said, after a strong run in the 2018 World Cup, and with a significant amount of exciting technical players, most fans are still cautiously optimistic.
Let’s take a look at who’ll likely be playing for England, and which teams they’ll come up against. Some bookies will actually let you wager on who will make the final selection, so you can consider these as Euro 2020 betting tips for the England squad too.
We know the three goalkeepers who England will select this summer, barring injury: Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson, and Nick Pope. What we don’t know is… who will actually play.
Pickford enjoyed a solid 2018 World Cup, but has made a string of high-profile errors for Everton since then, and seems to have lost his hold on the starting job. Pope has performed consistently well for Burnley over the past few years, while Henderson may well have supplanted David de Gea – the club’s highest-earner – at Man U.
England have an abundance of options at full-back, with Shaw, Chilwell, Walker, and Alexander-Arnold all certain to make the squad, and the likes of James, Trippier, and Wan Bissaka backing them up.
Central defence, however, is the squad’s weak spot. Maguire will surely start, but has failed to justify his price tag since moving to Man U. Stones has looked rejuvenated this season, but playing for Pep’s Man City is a very different proposition to playing for England. Elsewhere, Keane, Coady, and Mings are all solid Premier League players, but none are proven on the very biggest stages.
Gareth Southgate has traditionally preferred defensively solid central midfielders, making Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson (if fit) shoo-ins for the squad. Eric Dier is likely to make the cut for similar reasons.
As for more creative players, there are plenty of excellent options. Foden, Mount, and Grealish have all been excellent for their club sides. Kalvin Phillips and James Maddison have impressed too, while Jude Bellingham’s form for Dortmund has seen the youngster making a late push.
There are almost too many choices to pick from here. Captain Harry Kane will obviously start, as will two of Sterling, Rashford, and Sancho. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will surely be the main backup striker, but – after that – Southgate must make some tough choices.
Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, and Tammy Abraham all have strong cases. Patrick Bamford has been excellent for Leeds this season too, and Mason Greenwood is finally following up on the promise he showed during his brilliant 2019/20 breakthrough campaign.
As noted, England will be contending with Croatia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic in Group D. They will play each side once, before – assuming they finish in the top two spots – moving on to the knockout stages.
England vs Croatia
Croatia look to be England’s toughest opponents in Group D, so facing them first is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it can be preferable to ease into an international tournament with a more straightforward game. On the other, Croatia are the other clear favourites to progress from the group. After this opening game, therefore, England will know exactly what they need to do in order to make the latter stages.
Both the start time and venue favour England here, with the game starting on home soil – in London – with a traditional 3pm kickoff. They’ll face a very similar side to the one who beat them in the 2018 World Cup, led by playmaking wizard Luka Modric, who – despite being 35 now – is having another excellent season for Real Madrid. The likes of Sime Vrsaljko, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, and Ivan Perisic are also regular starters for some of the top teams in Europe. In fact, the only major absence will be midfield veteran Ivan Rakitic, who retired from international duty in September 2020.
Bet365 have England as heavy favourites here, at 5/6 at the time of writing, while Croatia are only 16/5. The recent history between these sides, though, would suggest a much trickier match.
England vs Scotland
Both English and Scottish fans will be licking their lips for this one. It’s the definition of a historical fixture, with the two nations having played each other 113 times – more than any other pair of countries.
While the overall record is close – England have won 48 times to Scotland’s 41 – things have been a bit more one-sided recently. Since 2013 we’ve seen this matchup four times. England won two straight friendlies, then a 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley. In the most recent game, however – the return qualifying match at Hampden Park – Scotland managed to get a 2-2 draw.
As noted earlier, the actual players on both sides will know each other extremely well, with the vast majority of both squads playing in the English or Scottish Premier Leagues. In general, we’d predict a cagey game here, making the Under 2.5 Goals – or even 3.5 Goals, to play it safe – attractive markets. Scotland will surely set up in a pragmatic and defensive manner, and – with the likes of Robertson, Tierney, and McTominay – have the personnel to protect their goal.
England vs Czech Republic
Czech teams in the past have tended to boast a few big names, whether world-beaters like Pavel Nedved, technical marvels like Tomas Rosicky, or solid role players like Milan Baros. This Czech side, however, is lacking in star power. Premier League fans will be familiar with West Ham powerhouse Tomas Soucek, but – in general – there aren’t many match-winners here.
On paper this looks like a significant mismatch, even if it did result in England’s sole defeat during qualifying. With all due respect to the Czechs, if you want to pick a game to load up on a big win for England, we’d recommend targeting this one. We might not see a shellacking on the scale of the Three Lions’ 6-1 demolition of Panama in the 2018 World Cup, but Harry Kane and company will have a good shot at putting up some big numbers here.
If you agree with our logic, there are a few betting routes you can take. England will have very low odds to win the match, but you could put a -1 Handicap on them to increase your price. The likes of Over 2.5 Goals, and even Anytime Goalscorer for Harry Kane, are both strong options.
Barring an absolute calamity, England should clearly progress to the knockout stages of Euro 2020. Who they face there will depend on where they finish in their group.
If England win Group D, they will face the runner-up in Group F. Unfortunately, that’s the toughest group in the whole competition. England’s ‘reward’ for strong early performances, therefore, will be facing one of France, Germany, or Portugal. France are probably the most dangerous of the three, but both other sides also represent extremely difficult matchups.
Things don’t get much easier if they win that game. England would most likely face the winners of Group E in the quarter-finals, which – on paper – should be Spain. Things become more unpredictable after that, but their most likely semi-final opponents would be the Group C winners (likely the Netherlands). After that, they would face the winner of the other half of the bracket in the final.
Ironically, England might be better finishing second in their group. This would get them a round of 16 matchup with the runners-up of Group E – probably Sweden or Poland. After that though, they would still need to face the winners of the aforementioned Group F.
In short, there’s no easy route for England to the final. As such, while an Outright Winner or To Make the Final wager might be fun, the more pragmatic approach is to simply bet match-by-match.
Euro 2020 Betting
You have a huge amount of flexibility in how you approach Euro 2020 from a gambling perspective. Below are the four main types of bet you can focus on.
We covered these in more detail above, but – in short – these are probably the safest long-term wagers you can place. Overall Winner is the most popular outright market, and – with a few clear favourites to choose from – you won’t be overwhelmed by options. You can also bet on group winners though, or – if you want to play it safer – take Euro 2020 teams to simply qualify from their group.
Top Goalscorer is not only the most popular player prop, but one of the top overall Euros wagers too. Technically you’ve got a small handful of top choices here. This is a pretty unpredictable market, which can be completely swung by a single player scoring a hat-trick, making it a great place to find value. Some bookies will also let you wager on Player of the Tournament, which was won by Antoine Griezzman in Euro 2016.
Single Game Markets
This is where you’ll find the most variety for your Euro 2020 gambling. The vast majority of bookies will offer dozens of single-game bet types, meaning every single matchup contains hundreds of individual betting opportunities. If you’re a beginner, you can stick to simple 1/X/2 Match Result wagers to start with. When you’re ready though, Over/Under Goals, Both Teams to Score, and Handicap/Asian Handicap markets can be lucrative.
Every modern sportsbook should allow you to place wagers on live Euro 2020 games. There are fewer bet types compared to pre-match gambling, but you do get the chance to react instantly to the latest goings-on. A cash out tool can also let you lock in profit, or bail on a bad bet.
Best Euro 2020 Betting Sites
When picking a bookie for your Euro 2020 betting, you have literally dozens of good options to choose from. Some stand out above the others though, in terms of betting markets, odds, special features, ease of use, and so on. These are our top picks for the very best Euro 2020 betting sites this summer.
Euro 2020 Betting Offers
While regular gambling on Euro 2020 will still be fun, your money will go much further if you make use of special betting offers too. These are designed to give you extra value in return for your loyalty, either by boosting your winnings or reducing your losses. These are the best types of Euro 2020 betting offers which you should target.
Top Goalscorer Bonus
This was the most common offer among bookies for Euro 2016, and proved very popular with punters. We’d be stunned if it wasn’t also in place for Euro 2020 too.
To qualify, you simply need to place an outright wager on the Top Goalscorer market for the tournament. All players are eligible, although the minimum qualifying stake does vary from bookie-to-bookie, with most charging £20 or £25.
That might seem like a lot, but the rewards are more than worth it. For every match your chosen player scores in, you will get a £5 free bet. If he scores in four separate games and wins the Top Goalscorer award, therefore, you’ll get £20 in free bets plus your winnings.
Penalty Shootout Insurance
Few things in football betting are more annoying than picking a team to win outright in a major tournament, only for them to go out on penalties. These Euro 2020 offers remove that possibility.
Again, minimum stakes vary here, but you’ll need to wager on a country to win Euro 2020 to qualify. If they do triumph, you obviously get your winnings as normal. If they go down on pens, however, you’ll get your entire stake refunded as a free bet, typically up to £25.
British Euro 2020 bookmakers will cater primarily to patriotic English fans, and this will usually manifest itself in a few different promotions. We’d definitely recommend keeping your eyes peeled as June 11th draws closer.
Some betting sites will provide the aforementioned Penalty Shootout Insurance deal purely for wagers on England. Another common promotion – which is arguably better – will give you money every time England win a game. You’ll usually need to wager £20 or £25 to trigger the deal, but – as with the Top Goalscorer Bonus – you’ll then get £5 back for every English victory.
Things You Need to Know About Euro 2020
Euro 2020 is a truly unique tournament, for a few different reasons. For starters, much like the Tokyo Olympics and Rugby World Cup, it was unavoidably delayed due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The pandemic has also caused headaches for UEFA in more specific areas, most notably relating to fans being in the stadium.
While tournaments have been held in multiple countries before – such as the 2002 World Cup and 2008 Euros – Euro 2020 is taking this to a new level. There’s no single Euro 2020 host, with duties instead being shared by a mighty 12 cities, in 12 different countries around Europe. Those range all the way from Azerbaijan and Russia in the east, to England and Spain further west.
This sounded like an exciting idea at the time, but – for the aforementioned reasons – has been hit by major logistical issues. Currently UEFA is fully committed to the original 12 cities, but – if infection rates climb, or perhaps even if fans are unable to attend – some may still be removed from the list.
That aside, Euro 2020 will follow a familiar format. There are 24 teams involved, split into six groups of four. Each team plays three group games, with the two group leaders moving to the knockout stages. There will be a round of 16, quarter finals, and semi finals, before the big final on July 11th.
A quick look at recent Euros winners show that this is a very tough tournament to predict. In the nine tournaments since 1984, we’ve had seven different winners. While the likes of France and Spain have been favourites going into the tournament, we’ve also seen massive underdogs such as Denmark and Greece hoist the trophy.
- When does Euro 2020 start?Euro 2020 starts on Friday 11th June 2021. The first game is Turkey vs Italy, who will face each other in Rome, with the kickoff at 20:00. The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 11th July 2021.
- Who are the Euro 2020 favourites?Most bookies have England as the betting favourites, at around 5/1. This is more to encourage betting action, however, than a genuine prediction. France are joint-favourites at around 5/1, followed by Belgium and Germany.
- Which teams will England meet in the group stage?England will play Croatia, Scotland, and the Czech Republic in Group D. The Czechs were actually the only team to beat them in Euro 2020 qualifying.
- When will the England squad for the Euros be published?There’s no official date. That said, most people expect Gareth Southgate to reveal his final squad either straight after the Premier League finishes, or during the week starting May 23rd. Currently this squad is supposed to have 23 players, but – due to Covid – UEFA are expected to expand this to 25 players for Euro 2020.
- Can I already bet on England at the Euros?Absolutely. You can wager on England to win the entire tournament at 5/1, to make the final at 11/4, or to simply win their group at 2/5.
- Are there any special offers for the Euros?Plenty. Some of these will increase your winnings, such as Top Goalscorer Bonus, which give you £5 back for every game in which your chosen player scores. Others will help reduce your losses, like Penalty Shootout Insurance.