Gloucestercitynews.net (March 31, 2020)--Even though the football across Europe stopped for the moment, the fans are still debating about the EURO 2020 winners. The postponement of the tournament due to COVID-19 virus did disappoint both the players and the fanbase across the world, but it also increased various speculations regarding the outcome of this competition.
There were some heated discussions even before the group stage draw has been made, but after that, we might as well say that it went to another level. Apart from four playoff winners, we know how the groups look right now, and that gave the bookies a clearer view when making the odds.
England is still the top candidate for taking the title, with the odds at 5/1. France is slightly behind the Three Lions with 11/2, the same as Belgium. The Netherlands and Germany are next on the list with 7/1, with Spain following them at 8/1. Italy closes the group with 9/1. If you want more odds, just follow this link which will lead you to the list of UK online bookmakers.
For quite some time, England is the No.1 favourite to finally captures the European throne. After reaching the semifinals of the Worl Cup in Russia, the expectations of the fans back home rose very much. And the way Gareth Southgate's team plays gives them a lot of confidence. Plus, the semis and the finals are scheduled to take place in London, meaning that if England reaches the final stages, the team is going to have the massive help of the fans.
France won the World Cup in Russia. And they have the same team at disposal, without any of the vital players retiring or something like that. It is probably the best-balanced team in the entire tournament with superstars in every line of the squad. Mbappe, Griezmann, Pogba, Varan, Kante, all these guys are fantastic. It is no wonder why they have three players among the top five favourites for winning the Best Player of the Tournament award.
Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne is topping the list with 8/1, and is slightly ahead Mbappe who is 9/1. Another French fella, Antoine Griezmann, is third 12/1, and Harry Kane's odds are 16/1. Third Gaul is Pogba 18/1, in front of Cristiano Ronaldo, 18/1. Then come Jadon Sancho, Hazard and Sterling all 22/1.
Belgians are coming with only one thing on their mind, and that is to create history and win the title. The core of the group is together for a long time, and little by little, years are passing beside them. This EURO is maybe the last chance for this generation to take the silverware. Belgian players are all in their prime years, and if they don't win now, there won't be another chance for many from this crew.
Behind these three teams, we have the Netherlands who meteorically rise over the last two years, Germany in rebuilding, then Spain and Italy, who are not that convincing as before.
We expect the battle for the Golden Boot of the EURO to be as equally enjoyable as the race for the title. Right now, England's Harry Kane is the biggest favourite for finishing as the top scorer of the tournament, with the odds 5/1. Romelu Lukaku is behind him with 8/1, and Cristiano Ronaldo third with 9/1. Kylian Mbappe 11/1, is fourth, followed by Ciro Immobile and Alvaro Morata at 12/1. Robert Lewandowski, who ruled the Champions League, is 33/1 to win the trophy.
As always, there might be some surprise, which is common at the big international tournaments. This EURO is a bit different than the previous ones because it takes place all over the continent and in those circumstances, we might see some unusual results. For many experts, there is a realistic chance to see some underdog at the podium, like Greece in 2004.
Anyway, time will tell were they right.