It’s hard to believe Euro 2020 is less than one year away. It seems like only yesterday that the 2018 World Cup ended (in tears for England), and now another campaign is just around the corner.
The upcoming Euro 2020 will take on added interest due to the unique format being rolled out for the tournament’s 60th edition. Euro 2020 will feature a record 24 teams competing in matches in 12 cities in 12 European countries from June 12 to July 12, 2020. The semi-finals and final will be played at Wembley Stadium, marking the first time England has held Euro matches since 1996.
Qualifying for Euro 2020 is also unique, with most countries set to qualify through the usual channels but four to get a second chance through the UEFA Nations League. Given the increased number of teams and the new format, this all makes it interesting for sports betting. Therefore, we thought you’d bring you some of the best under-the-radar bets one year out from Euro 2020.
1. England to win Euro 2020
True, England isn’t all that under-the-radar given it’s the second-favourite in Euro 2020 betting, but does anyone really believe it will happen? Here are the latest Betway Euro 2020 frontrunners: France, 4.50, England, 5.50, Belgium, 8.00, Germany and Spain, 9.00, Netherlands, 12.00. As the tournament draws closer, you can be sure Germany and Spain will firm in the odds – which in turn will cause England to ease out in the odds. And that would make England an under-the-radar value bet. Here’s a tip: Betway has one of the football betting apps, allowing fans to bet on England on the go. Obviously, there’s still a lot of football to be played before Euro 2020, but if the English can make the semis with a full squad of players – they’ll be hard to stop in front of their home crowd at Wembley.
2. Scotland to Qualify from Group I
Never again will it be easier to qualify for a Euro tournament. With 24 teams competing, UEFA has decided to grant 20 spots to the top two teams in each of the 10 groups. That means no more playoffs for sides that fail to qualify directly. Scotland is currently in equal-third place in its group, with 6 points from 4 games. Belgium, 12 points, will probably win the group, but Russia, 9 points are vulnerable (and the Scots have already beaten them at home). Will Scotland finish top two? It’s unlikely, but the 100/1 odds being offered by Betfair on Scotland to qualify from Group I are way too generous to ignore.
3. Switzerland to Win Euro 2020
History has shown that while the World Cup is always won by the big countries, anything can happen in Euro. Denmark won Euro 1992, Greece won 2004, and several minnows went close to winning it in 2016. Therefore, it would be foolish not to look at the potential underdogs in Euro 2020 betting – and Switzerland is one well-worth looking at. The Swiss have been building nicely for the last few years. They finished second in their group at the 2018 World Cup after holding Brazil to a 1-1 draw and were unlucky to be knocked out in the round of 16. Likewise, they finished second to France in their group at Euro 2016 and were unlucky to lose on penalties to Poland in the round of 16. The Swiss still have their core group of players and could easily pull a surprise next year.