Most anticipated Euro 2020 fixtures
The countdown continues for the start of the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 finals and the excitement is building ahead of the major competition.
We take a look at some of the most anticipated fixtures from the Euro 2020 groups, to see who stands the best chance of reaching those all-important knockout games.
Where else to start than with the tournament opener, as Italy host Turkey in Group A at the Stadio Olimpico. The Azzurri were notable absentees from the last major tournament at the 2018 World Cup, and manager Roberto Mancini will be hoping his side can reaffirm themselves as a force on the international stage.
Home advantage is likely to play a role and Italy are trading around 1.6 (62.5% win chance) in our market to pick up a win in the Euro 2020 opener. Turkey impressed on their way to reaching the tournament, only losing one of their 10 qualifying games and finishing just two points behind group winners France. The Turks are rated 12% likely to cause an upset in the opener with a win in the Eternal City.
Gareth Southgate’s England get their campaign up and running in the familiar surroundings of Wembley when they host Croatia on the opening weekend of the tournament. It is a repeat of the 2018 World Cup semi-final, so the Three Lions will be looking for revenge against the Croatians, even though the two sides have met since.
England showed at the last World Cup in Russia that they are capable of putting together a run of wins in a major tournament, and it’s still seen by many as an opportunity missed to end the wait for silverware. Southgate’s side are odds-on favourites at 57% to win against Croatia, with the Three Lions at 15% to go all the way in the major tournament.
In one of the standout Euro 2020 group-stage fixtures, Germany take on France at the Football Arena Munich, with 14,500 fans expected to be in attendance. Les Bleus have enjoyed a strong record in the most recent meetings between these two European giants. France are unbeaten in their last five encounters, with three wins and two draws against Joachim Low’s men.
This match takes place in the toughest of the Euro 2020 groups, with Portugal and Hungary also taking part. Every point will matter in this ‘group of death’.
Reigning world champions France are favourites at 37% to win this mouthwatering encounter, while Didier Deschamps side are the outright favourites at 16% to add the Euro 2020 title to their list of international successes.
It was the first international football match ever to be played back in 1872, and once again old rivals England and Scotland will go head to head at Wembley Stadium. It should be another high-speed and feisty encounter when these two sides meet, and England will be looking to keep up their strong record against the men from north of the border.
Scotland’s last win over England came at Wembley back in 1999, with Don Hutchinson bagging the only goal of the game. Betting odds say the Scots have a 1-in-10 chance of repeating that feat and wining in London, while the draw is 19% likely.
In one of the last games of the Euro 2020 groups, there might well be everything on the line for one or both of these teams, as Portugal meet France at the Puskás Aréna. Portugal are the reigning European Championship title holders after their success in Euro 2016 when they upset the odds to beat France, who were the hosts, in the final.
This looks set to be the last Euros for Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Juventus forward will be determined to leave the tournament on a high. Ronaldo is 6% to finish the competition’s top goalscorer, while Portugal are 9% to retain the title.
It might well be a dramatic end to what will be some intriguing and highly anticipated encounters in the Euro 2020 groups. The wait is almost over!