Euro 2020 is already less than a year away. The French are probably still yet to come down from their high after their 2018 World Cup triumph, but a new trophy will be up for grabs next summer.
The upcoming tournament will garner particular interest due to its format, with 24 teams set to compete for the crown in 12 different cities in 12 European countries from June 12 to July 12, 2020.
Wembley Stadium will play host to the semi-final and final as England gear up to feature their first European Championship first for the first time in 24 years. And, after reaching the World Cup semis last year, the Three Lions will be hoping to take things two steps further to keep the trophy on home soil when the competition comes to a close.
France are the favourites for this one after what they accomplished last year and Bet365 has odds of 7/2 on them completing the two-year sweep with another trophy. England are also considered to be in a strong position to win outright, with William Hill offering odds of 5/1.
First up, though, are the qualifying matches to determine which 24 teams will head to the tournament. The format is still pretty much the same but four countries will be handed a second chance to qualify through the UEFA Nations League.
With the next set of qualifiers coming up in September, there will be plenty of bets on offer. Let’s take a look at three of the matches which promise to be the best, as well as the pertinent betting odds.
Germany vs. Holland (Sept 6)
This should be a good one. Die Mannschaft aren’t the powerhouses they used to be, as we all saw at the World Cup, while the Netherlands are yet to regain the prowess that saw them make it to the final of the 2012 World Cup. Paddy Power are offering odds of 10/11 on a Germany win, 5/2 on a draw and 12/5 on Holland leaving the match victorious. This does seem like a great opportunity to have a punt on the underdogs and you could consider the best acca insurance offers to bet on after heading to Freebets, where lots of other cool deals could be found.
Scotland vs. Russia (Sept 6)
The Russian national side really had us thinking they could go all the way as their country hosted the World Cup last year. The team impressed right up until their exit in the quarter-final and they still look a great threat for the upcoming Euros. Russia will be facing Scotland in their next qualifier, which could turn out to be quite the entertaining match. You could find odds of 8/5 on a Scotland win with Paddy Power while a draw is at 15/8. The bookmaker is also offering 13/8 on a Russia win.
Serbia vs. Portugal (Sept 7)
Portugal are the defending European champions, having shocked the football world with a victory over France in the 2016 final. They managed to escape just about every game by the skin of their teeth and their persistence would pay off when they took on Les Bleus in the grand finale, even having lost Cristiano Ronaldo to an injury. The Serbians are no pushovers either and are known for their aggressive style. They won’t be making it easy for Portugal so we can expect a hard-fought match. Paddy Power has odds of 6/5 on the champs taking this one while offering 21/10 on a Serbia victory. They have a draw at 2/1.