With Euro 2020 kicking off Friday afternoon, it’s time to start taking a look at the most serious contenders in the tournament.
Defending World Cup champions France and Euro 2016 winners Portugal each feature among the elite nations in this year’s competition, while England, Belgium and Italy are also in the mix, according to oddsmakers.
Without further ado, here’s a deeper dive into five teams that could be worth betting on for this summer’s European Championships.
(NOTE: All odds are via DraftKings Sportsbook at the time of publishing the article)
This one is pretty self explanatory given the world champions are once again the odds on favorites to win the Euros after winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It’s easy to argue this Les Bleus squad has even more depth than three years ago, particularly with the infusion of striker Karim Benzema.
Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann will feature in the French attack, which is undoubtedly one of the best front three trios in the competition. Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba’s presence in the midfield offers an incredible stability for Didier Deschamps’ group.
The Three Lions have all the skill and talent to make you believe they’re legitimate title contenders, but Gareth Southgate’s squad will have to shake off their defeat to Croatia three years ago at the 2018 World Cup.
A deep lineup in the front gives England a massive advantage against most sides, and Harry Kane is easily one of the favorites to win the Golden Boot. England’s biggest test will be how they handle strong attacking nations and if Harry Maguire and John Stones can hold up at the heart of the team’s defense.
It’s easy to argue this Portugal team is even deeper than the one that took home Euro 2016, especially with the emergence of two key players for Cristiano Ronaldo’s side.
Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias have made names for themselves in the Premier League at their respective Manchester clubs, and now it’s their turn to carry that form over to the international stage. Portugal will be pitted in the Group of Death — Group F — but everyone expects this team to make a run at another major title.
This may be the most exciting Italy team we’ve seen in over a decade when considering their current form and the squad at the disposal of Roberto Mancini.
The Azzurri are riding a 27-game unbeaten run heading into Friday’s opener against Turkey and Italy has a very complete team from front to back. It starts with newly-named PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in net, while Ciro Immobile, Jorginho and Nicolo Barella are all expected to play huge roles as well.
If there’s a real sleeper to look at in this tournament it’s definitely Turkey. This team features one of the top goalscorers from Ligue 1 this past season in captain Burak Yilmaz, who helped guide Lille to a domestic title.
Meanwhile, the Turkish backline may end up being one of the strongest in this field with Caglar Soyuncu and Merih Demiral manning the central positions. Group A won’t be an easy task with Italy, Switzerland and Wales to contend with, but if Turkey can outlast those three watch out for them in the knockout rounds.