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The group stage favourites at Euro 2020

The group stage favourites at Euro 2020
The group stage favourites at Euro 2020 June 8, 2021 June 8, 2021 Harry Kettle
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We’re just a few days away from UEFA Euro 2020 officially getting underway and the excitement levels are growing across the continent. We’re set to see 24 nations give it their all in the pursuit of becoming European champions and while everyone has a shot at winning it all, there are some clear contenders who stand head and shoulders above the rest.

That’s why today, our core focus is going to be on the six teams – across all six groups – who we believe to be the most likely to win their group and progress to the knockout stage. You can bet on whether or not it’ll happen on the betting page but until then, let’s dive into their chances.

Group A – Italy

Not only do we think Italy could easily win this group, but we think they could be dark horses to win the entire tournament. They haven’t lost a game in almost three years, they’ve got a nice balance of attacking powerhouses and defensive stalwarts, and they’ve got a decent group in the form of Turkey, Switzerland and Italy. When you combine those factors together, you’ve got legitimate contenders.

Group B – Belgium

The Belgians are incredibly eager to make the most of their golden generation and while you could argue there are new stars coming through every single day, they also want to honour some of the current crop that has been there since the very beginning. With Denmark, Finland and Russia to contend with, they shouldn’t experience too much resistance here.

Group C – Netherlands

This is perhaps the trickiest one to call because while the Netherlands come across as the best team in Group C, we’re not so sure that’s going to translate into success on the pitch. Sure, a group containing Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine isn’t exactly the strongest, but the Dutch still feel like they’re struggling to find their feet as a unit.

Group D – England

England are one of the favourites to win the whole tournament and given the fact that they could end up playing just one game away from Wembley if they were to make it to the final, we can understand why. Their group of Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland is going to be tricky, but at least seven points from those three games shouldn’t be unthinkable on their own home turf.

Group E – Spain

Spain’s golden era between 2008 and 2012 saw them win three straight major tournaments and while it’s been almost a decade since that last success, we think they’re ready to start rebuilding their legacy again. They’re beginning to find an attacking flair that has been absent for quite some time, and they’ve also got a winnable group in the form of Sweden, Slovakia and Poland.

Group F – France

Les Bleus are the reigning world champions which automatically makes them the leading contenders in the race to win Euro 2020 – especially now that they’ve added Karim Benzema into the mix. Portugal, Germany and Hungary help them make up the group of death, but we’re talking about an incredibly well-oiled machine that can beat absolutely anyone on their best day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle

Harry Kettle


English professional sports writer with an interest in pro wrestling, MMA, athletics & more. As well as working for soccertimes.com, Harry has formerly been produced content for FOX Sports Asia & TheLADbible