Euro 2020 Winner Prediction, Odds & Picks

Euro 2020 WInner

  • Euro 2020 will be held in 11 different cities in as many different countries
  • Portugal are the reigning champions after triumphing five years ago
  • France, Belgium and England are the three favorites to lift the trophy

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The European Championship is UEFA’s flagship competition. It launched in 1960 and originally featured just four teams in the finals. This gradually increased to eight, 16, and now 24 to reflect the increasing strength in depth in European soccer.

As the name suggests, Euro 2020 was supposed to be held last year, but the coronavirus pandemic put paid to that plan. The tournament was postponed by 12 months but will retain its original name.

For the first time in European Championship history, Euro 2020 will be hosted by multiple countries across the continent. This idea was the brainchild of former UEFA president Michel Platini, who wanted to deviate from the usual plan to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition. Eleven cities in as many countries will host Euro 2020 matches.

Euro 2020 Winner Odds

Odds taken on July 7, from William Hill. Click on the links in the table below to head to the sportsbook, sign-up, and place your bet!

Euro 2020 Winner Odds Odds
Italy -110
England +135
Denmark +850

Who Will Win Euro 2020?

France are the favorite to win Euro 2020. They are the reigning world champions following their success in Russia three years ago, and arguably have an even stronger squad at their disposal this time around. With their blend of quality and trophy-winning experience, France will take some stopping.

England are No.2 in William Hill’s ranking. Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and possess tremendous strength in depth in attacking areas, with Harry Kane among the tournament’s top strikers. However, the squad is still relatively young and that could cost them at the crunch.

Belgium will be disappointed if they do not take the trophy home with them. The country’s ‘golden generation’ is approaching the last-chance saloon, but it is clear why a team containing Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku is so heavily fancied. Belgium also have an easier draw than France and England.

Spain, Germany and Portugal are all seen as outsiders, with the latter the best bet from that grouping. Cristiano Ronaldo is still a goalscoring machine and Portugal now have an excellent support cast behind him. Italy and the Netherlands are probably semi-final candidates at best.

Who Were the Euro 2016 Winners?

Portugal were Euro 2016 winners. They finished third in their group and were the only team to advance to the knockout stage without winning a single game in the first round.

Ronaldo and co. then beat Croatia after extra time in the round of 16, before beating Poland on penalties in the quarter-finals. Their 2-0 victory over Wales in the semi-finals was the only game they won inside 90 minutes in the entire tournament.

Portugal beat host nation France 1-0 in front of over 75,000 fans at the Stade de France. Les Bleus reached the final by topping a group featuring Romania, Switzerland and Albania, before beating Republic of Ireland, Iceland and Germany in the knockout phase.

Ronaldo was forced off with injury in the early stages of the final. Neither team made a breakthrough in the 90 minutes, but Eder became the unlikely hero when he scored for Portugal in extra time.

Which Country Has Won the European Championship Most?

Country and Number of Wins Years
West Germany/Germany – 3 1972, 1980, 1996
Spain – 3 1964, 2008, 2012
France – 2 1984, 2000
Soviet Union – 1 1960
Italy – 1 1968
Portugal – 1 2016
Czechoslovakia – 1 1976
Netherlands – 1 1998
Denmark – 1 1992
Greece – 1 2004

Germany and Spain are the joint-most successful sides in the history of the European Championship. Competing as West Germany, die Mannschaft triumphed in 1972 and 1980, and also reached the final at Euro 1976.

Spain won the second edition of the competition on home soil in 1964. They later became the only team in European Championship history to win back-to-back tournaments in 2008 and 2012.

France is a two-time winner. Their first success came when they hosted Euro 1984, with Michel Platini scoring a record nine goals to help les Bleus to glory. France also scooped the prize at Euro 2000, the tournament immediately after their World Cup win in 1998 – a good omen for Deschamps and his players this summer, perhaps.

There are seven countries that have won the European Championship once, and two of those (Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union) no longer exist. The victories of Denmark in 1992 and Greece in 2004 rank among the biggest shocks in the history of the international game.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Euro 2020 Games One Leg?

Throughout the tournament, Euro 2020 games will be one leg. Group stage games always finish within 90 minutes, but extra time is used to determine the winner of tied contests in the knockout phase.

Are Euro 2020 Games On TV?

Euro 2020 games will be broadcast live on TV in the United States by ESPN.

Can Euro 2020 Final End in A Draw?

The Euro 2020 final can end in a draw after 90 minutes. If the scores are level at that point, an additional period of 30 minutes – known as extra time – is played. If there is still nothing separating the teams, a penalty shoot-out decides the winner.

How Euro 2020 Works?

One argument against the expansion of the European Championship to 24 teams is that it makes the structure more convoluted. The sides are divided into six groups, with the top two in each automatically progressing to the last 16. They will be joined there by the four best third-place finishers, which is how Portugal advanced at Euro 2016.

From the last 16 onwards, the competition reverts to a straight knockout format.

Who Won Euro 2016?

Portugal beat France 1-0 in the Euro 2020 final. Eder scored the winning goal in extra time to complete a surprise victory for the underdogs against the host nation.

Will Euro 2020 Have Fans?

All 39 matches at Euro 2020 will be played in front of fans. Some venues were stripped of their hosting rights by UEFA earlier this year after failing to guarantee the presence of supporters inside stadiums.

Some ground will be 20, 25 and 50 per cent full, while the Puskas Arena in Budapest hopes to fill all 67,215 seats.

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