In-Form Italy Among Euro 2020 Favourites

Italy are scheduled to host Turkey in the opening game in Rome

With the European Championships less than two months away, football fans, bettors, and bookmakers now believe they have a clear idea of who the true contenders are at this year’s tournament.

As fixtures are held across multiple host countries, a range of teams will have the home advantage in some fixtures, but none more so than England, who not only play their group games at Wembley Stadium but also the semi-final and subsequently the final should they make it.

Italy are scheduled to host Turkey in the opening game in Rome, but with ongoing uncertainty around the venues, that may change. Regardless, Italy are priced at 1/2 to kick off their campaign with a victory.

The Italians are, in fact, odds-on to win Group A, with odds of 8/13 on Bet365. They are considered almost a certainty (1/20) to qualify, and given that two teams go through automatically and the four best third-placed teams out of the six groups also advance, it would be unforgivable if Roberto Mancini’s side failed to navigate Turkey, Switzerland, and Euro 2016 semi-finalists, Wales.

There are eight teams in Euro 2020 that are priced in single figures by at least one bookie to win the event. Italy are among them, but you can a best price of 12/1. If Gli Azzurri win Group A, the runners-up of Group C (Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia) would await them.

Italian duo Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti are priced at 25/1 and 50/1 respectively to be the top scorer, which given their prowess in front of goal, might be tempting for some bettors.

Some might be surprised to see England head the betting at 5/1 as they have not won a major tournament or even reached a final since 1966. But they are a different proposition at home as opposed to on the road, and in Harry Kane, they have the favourite to scoop the Golden Boot (6/1).

The Three Lions begin their campaign against Croatia in one of the most highly-anticipated fixtures the country has hosted for many years. Gareth Southgate’s team will be out for revenge after what happened at the 2018 World Cup, and with viewership expected to be huge, there will be plenty of England vs Croatia betting offers available.

France are also 5/1 in places but 11/2 generally, and it is no shock to see them towards the top of the market. Having won the World Cup three years ago, the French still have one of the most lethal forward lines on the planet, with Kylian Mbappe – a 10/1 chance for the Golden Boot – leading the way.

Belgium are 6/1 and you can get Germany at 8/1, but it’s Portugal that have seen their price drop significantly in recent months. When the outright market opened two years ago, you could get the reigning champions at 20/1, but now you are looking at 8/1 at best.

It could be argued that the current Portugal squad is much more complete than the one which won Euro 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo’s supporting cast consists of Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who is odds-on to win the PFA Player of the Year; Diogo Jota, the Liverpool frontman who is averaging more than a goal every other game this term; and Joao Felix, who remains one of the hottest prospects in Europe.

Defensively, Portugal look in good shape, particularly with Ruben Dias at centre-back – a man who has been pivotal in Manchester City’s success this season.

Spain are at 9/1 which is an unusually big price for them, while the Netherlands are in the same vicinity as Italy – single figures in places but can be backed at 12/1.