The UEFA Euro tournament has been delayed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The championships will start on Friday, June 11, and run through Sunday, August 11. This will be the final round of European soccer’s most prestigious competitions.
In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal won their first title. They were their second appearance at a Euro Final and the first to win it since the tournament was expanded to 24 teams.
Top picks for Euro 2021: The Best Picks
France (+475). It’s not always easy to pick the favorite, but there are many reasons to be confident about this French side. Les Bleus won the 2018 World Cup, and they have been great under Didier Deschamps. They are a mix of strong veterans and young talent.
France boasts an embarrassing array of attacking players, including Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Debele, Olivier Giroud, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mabappe, Ousmane Deschamps, Olivier Giroud, Olivier Giroud, Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema. Karim Benzema returns to the team after a five year absence following a dispute with Deschamps. They also have N’Golo Kane, a Ballon d’Or candidate, in the midfield alongside Paul Pogba. Hugo Lloris, a veteran goalie, continues to play at a high standard.
This French side is very easy to like. They are in the Group of Death which could impact their chances of winning against Portugal or Germany. They have the best chance of winning and are trusted with just 5-1 odds.
Belgium (+750). Belgium’s “Golden Generation”, however, has not won a major tournament. They lost to Argentina in the Quarterfinals in 2014, before coming in third at the 2018 World Cup. They lost in the Quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup to Argentina, before finishing third in the 2018 World Cup.
We shouldn’t expect anything less this time, especially since Kevin De Bruyne has a fractured orbitalbone. This group may be desperate to win before they lose.
De Bruyne (29), captain Eden Hazard (30), Dries Meltens (34) and Toby Alderweireld (32) are entering the final stages in their careers. Others could still play for the Euros, with an eye to next year’s World Cup. For some, however, this could mean the end of the line.
Belgium is home to talent including Inter Milan’s star striker Romelu Lukaku. They should be able compete and the core group will want each other to win. Their competition in Group B (Finland Russia and Denmark), isn’t too difficult. The Red Devils will be able to overcome the home-field advantage of Russia and Denmark. They could win, if they can.
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