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Group B seems like it will be one of the easier groups to predict during this summer’s Euro 2020. The quartet consists of Belgium (the +500 odds favorites to win it all on 888sport), Russia, Finland, and Denmark. Russia and Denmark are both tough squads, but Belgium simply has too much quality for any of those three sides to contend with.

Denmark will play all three of its games in Copenhagen, while the other three will be contested at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia. Belgium will win Group B as -149 odds favorites (888sport), but the real question is which one or two of the other squads will join them in the knockout stage. Here’s the BetPicks point of view.

Belgium

Playing both Denmark and Russia on their home grounds will challenge this talented team’s resolve, but this group is just so stacked with talent it probably won’t matter. Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen, and Toby Alderweireld will hold down the back while Kevin De Bruyne sets up his bevy of attacking options, such as Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens.

The Red Devils will win Group B handily and be looking to make good on their promise after disappointing finishes in the last World Cup (third) and Euro (seventh)—anything less than an appearance in the semi-finals will be considered a failure. If we’re being honest, anything less than the trophy would probably disappoint the team and nation at this point.

Russia

Russia has been on a nearly-unbelievable run of form over the past three years, making a Cinderella run to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup as the host nation and then winning eight of their 10 qualifying games for Euro 2020, losing only to Belgium, who they could not escape for the second straight draw. Tough luck.

Similar to another country on the fringe of Europe that is often also considered a part of Asia—Turkey—the players chosen for the Sbornaya come almost entirely from the Russian Premier League. A handful will actually be playing a pair of their group games at their club team’s home ground at Krestovsky. If they do finish as the runner up in Group B, Russia is likely to take on either Turkey or Switzerland in the Round of 16, which are both beatable teams. Don’t be surprised to see Russia make another run to the quarter-finals.

Denmark

The Danes have the luxury of playing all three of their group ties at home at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, which can be a much bigger advantage depending on how many fans are allowed to attend the ground for the matches. Denmark is not in an overly tough group, but with their recent form, they may struggle to advance.

Denmark was drawn into one of the weakest qualifying groups and still finished behind Switzerland despite beating them once. They also drew Ireland twice and Georgia once, however, neither of which made it into the final tournament. Thanks to the skill of midfielder Christian Eriksen, this side should be able to squeak into the Round of 16. Don’t expect much past that.

Finland

This is Finland’s first time ever qualifying for a major tournament, so that’s a big accomplishment for the Eagle-Owls at Euro 2020 already right there. The Fins nabbed the second spot in their qualifying group, but they counted two defeats to teams in Bosnia and Greece that didn’t even make it into the tournament proper.

They’ve been drawn into a decent group here in the Euro 2020, but it’s doubtful they will be able to take advantage. Finland’s got loads of players with a ton of international caps, but that squad includes only one guy that has scored more than five goals for his nation. It’s nice to see them finally make the dance, but they won’t last more than a cup of coffee without a miraculous moment or two.

Betting On Group B

After Spain and the Netherlands winning their respective groups, Belgium taking Group B has to be one of the most sure things of this Euro 2020. They’re only sitting at -149 early odds on 888sport so it would be profitable to put a bet on them doing that now. They’re also a great bet to win it all so if you believe in the magic of De Bruyne, their +500 odds to win the tournament should look mighty attractive.

Russia is a great bet to make it to the knockout stage and even a sneaky good bet to make a quarter-final. Denmark should make it to the knockout stage but barring a slew of Eriksen heroics that should be the extent of their run. Finland’s just happy to be included, don’t waste your money betting on them.

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