Euro 2020 is almost upon us, but who are the favourites to win this summer’s big international football tournament?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve been made to wait an extra year for this competition, which comes three years after France lifted the 2018 World Cup.
Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and co. will probably be the favourites to lift the trophy once again, but it’s looking pretty close with so many top teams involved, so there could be money to be made if you back one of the less likely winners via sports betting nj or similar online bookmakers.
Here’s our pick of five teams who will surely be in contention for this summer’s big prize…
With big names like Mbappe, Pogba, Kante, not to mention Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, and Raphael Varane, it’s clear this France squad is full of world class talents.
Les Bleus were beaten finalists back in Euro 2016, so will want to make up for their heartache that year by going all the way this time, with most bookies currently making them the clear favourites.
That said, they have a tricky group to get through as they’re in with Germany and Portugal, so if they’re not at the absolute top of their game, they could suffer an early humiliation, just as that star-studded side famously did when they were the big favourites in the 2002 World Cup.
Semi-finalists in the World Cup three years ago, it’s seemed clear for a while now that this promising young side is going places, and the squad is arguably in even better shape now.
Harry Kane goes into the tournament after one of his finest seasons for his club, and he’s also likely to be playing for a move – and how better to attract big offers than by shining in an international competition?
Elsewhere, exciting young attacking players like Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka join the fold, surely making the Three Lions one of the strongest teams on paper in the whole tournament.
With Cristiano Ronaldo in their side, Portugal can never be ruled out. But it’s not only the Juventus goal machine – Portugal are an even better team than the side that won Euro 2016, with Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, Diogo Jota and Ruben Dias all having superb seasons going into this summer’s tournament.
Like France, however, they’re in one of the hardest groups, so can’t afford any slip-ups, or they’ll be heading home early.
Like England, Belgium have been growing as a force in previous years, and still look like an extremely difficult team to beat.
The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku remain at the top of their game, though others like Eden Hazard and Toby Alderweireld may have past their peaks now, making it a bit harder for the Belgians to look like being quite as strong a side as before.
Similarly, Germany are perhaps not the force they once were, and are alongside France and Portugal in the Group F group of death.
Still, you’d be unwise to ever rule them out, with top young players always coming through, such as Kai Havertz, Florian Neuhaus and Jamal Musiala, as well as their proven, experienced winner of a manager in Joachim Low.