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The most coveted football trophy following the World Cup, the UEFA European football championship is finally back after an extended absence for the 60th anniversary of the tournament. The Euro 2020 will last for one month in the summer of 2021, beginning on June 11th and culminating when the winner hoists the trophy at Wembley Stadium on July 11th.

Betting On The Outright Winner Of Euro 2020

Betting on an outright winner for a tournament like the Euros is always a fun endeavor, because your wager can stay alive for weeks if your pick goes on a deep run in the championships. It also offers some of the highest odds of any market, with the favorites, England and Belgium, currently sitting at +500 odds on 888sport.

However, those odds are high because the Euros are so unpredictable. There are a handful of nations that have a real shot of winning the trophy, but there isn’t too much separating that elite group. Let’s take a look at the case for our top five picks to win it all.

Our Top 5 Picks To To Win Euro 2020

France → While they are not listed as favorites on most sportsbooks, they sit just behind the top two favorites with similar +550 odds and we like the French as our top choice to hoist the trophy. They have the winning pedigree after capturing the 2018 World Cup, and most of that stacked squad returns this summer. Lloris in goal, Varane and Pavard in the back, Kante and Pogba in the middle, and a true embarrassment of riches up top with Mbappe, Martial, Griezmann, Giroud, and Coman. That mix of spry young talent and veteran experience will be tough to beat this summer.

Belgium → We believe this is the side with the best shot of holding off the French. The Red Devils, who have +500 odds to win the trophy, don’t quite have as much depth as Les Bleus, but what they do have is arguably the best player in the world right now—midfielder Kevin De Bruyne—who is in the best form of his life. With an elite keeper in Courtois, solid experienced defenders in front him, and a litany of attacking options in front of KDB (Lukaku, Mertens, Benteke, Batshuayi), we expect Belgium to have a big say when the knockout stages come around. 10-0 in the qualifying stage is none too shabby either.

England → The other favorites alongside Belgium at +500 odds, the English are coming in with one of their best chances for glory at a major tournament in recent years: they’re playing several games at home at Wembley, where the semi-finals and finals will also be held. England’s best finish at the Euros came in 1996 when they made the semis, the last time they played host. The Three Lions are overflowing with talent, so the only question is whether Gareth Southgate will figure out the right lineup to get them their first ever Euro title and first major tournament win since ‘66. Something tells us the English are in for another heartbreak.

Portugal → Though they are not being given much respect— they’ve been given very attractive but surprisingly high +1200 odds to win it all—we like Portugal as our darkhorse pick to repeat as Euro champs after their triumph in 2016. A Selecao is not as well-rounded a team as the other sides in our top five, but they make up for it with a couple of truly transcendent players. Cristiano Ronaldo, possibly the greatest to ever lace ‘em up, will always be a factor at the top of Portugal’s formation, but the emergence of Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United’s midfield as one of the world’s most skilled players is what will really make it tough for opposing teams to key in on Ronaldo. They’re in the Group of Death, but we expect them to squeak into the knockout stage and surprise a lot of people.

Germany → The Germans are offering less value than Portugal, sporting +750 odds to win the Euro 2020, but Die Mannschaft are certainly a candidate to return to form at just the opportune team this summer. Joachim Low’s side is nowhere near as talented as it has been for the past decade, but thanks to the best keeper in the world—Manuel Neuer—they’re always a candidate to play spoiler to one of the bigger squads. If youngsters such as Sane and Kimmich in the midfield and Werner and Gnabry at the top can step up with some special moments, the Germans could make some noise after the group stage.