Euro 2021 preview & guide – prognosis, outrights, bets & odds

UEFA Euro 2021 Guide, Odds and Predictions ahead of the big kick off

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There is a big summer of football right on the doorstep as there is a shift of focus on to Euro 2021 bets.

The big domestic seasons of club football are over and now it’s all about the Euro 2021 betting.

Gareth Southgate’s England are one of the front runners for the tournament. Will his talented squad be able to put together a title-winning run?

We look at the chances of The Three Lions at this summer’s European Championships.

In this Euro 2021 Preview, we will also be looking at some of the key details about the tournament. Like where it is being played, which nations made it to the draw and we will make some predictions as well.

Who is going to get the Golden Boot for the tournament’s top goalscorer? Who are the likely group winners?

We look at those things and a lot more in this ultimate Euro 2021 betting guide.


When does Euro 2021 start?

The European Championships are from June 11 to July 11th. So it’s a full month of action in the tournament.

This is the 16th edition of the European Championships. Euro 2020 was scheduled for last June, but UEFA pushed it back a year because of safety concerns.

VAR will also be in use for the first time at the Euros to add to the drama.

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Who are the defending champions?

It may seem like an age ago, but Portugal won the last European Championship Final.

They spoiled host nation France’s big party in Paris by beating the French in the final.

Portugal claimed a 1-0 win after extra time at the Stade de France, having lost star player Cristiano Ronaldo to injury fairly early in the fixture.

Where are the Euro 2021 Matches Played?

This is the 60th Birthday of the European Championships. It’s being celebrated with a bold plan of having 11 host countries hosting.

It’s big, it’s bold and ambitious and nothing like it has been seen before.

There has been a little bit of a reshuffle of staging venues because of travel restrictions around some parts of Europe. Originally there were going to be 13 nations hosting.

Each Group has two host cities and then some of them will be used up until the end of the Round of 16. Some are played through to the quarter-finals.

All of the semi-final and Final will be played at Wembley.

Group Stage Venues:
A: Rome (Italy, Stadio Olimpico) and Baku (Azerbaijan, Olympic Stadium)
B: Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Copenhagen (Denmark, Parken Stadium)
C: Amsterdam (Netherlands, Johan Cruyff Arena) and Bucharest (Romania, Arena Națională)
D: London (England, Wembley Stadium) and Glasgow (Scotland, Hampden Park)
E: Seville (Spain, La Cartuja) and Saint Petersburg (Russia, Krestovsky Stadium)
F: Munich (Germany, Allianz Arena) and Budapest (Hungary, Puskás Aréna)

Round of Sixteen:
Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Glasgow (Scotland), Seville (Spain)

Quarter Finals:
Baku (Azerbaijan), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Semi Finals & Final:
London (England)

So if England were to get through to the Final, then they would play all but two of their fixtures on home soil. Is that a big advantage to consider for Euro England bets?

Euro 2021 Teams

Euro 2021 has 24 teams taking part. Of those for Euro 2021 outrights the main front runners are France, England and Belgium.

But there is a long way to go for all of them. As it stands in the match outright, there are a half dozen teams who are running in single-figures in Euro 2021 betting odds.

All the teams in action are: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

Of the 24 nations taking part, 19 of them took part in Euro 2016.

There are two nations making the debuts at the European Championships. They are Finland and North Macedonia.

UEFA Euro 2021 Team Facts

  • Germany are in a record 13th European Championships
  • Scotland are in their first major tournament since 1998
  • Belgium and Italy are the only two nations to qualifying with perfect records
  • Netherlands and Denmark both missed Euro 2016 but have qualified for Euro 2021
  • Austria, Wales, Slovakia and Hungary have made it to successive European Championships for the first time
  • Finland and North Macedonia make their Euros debuts
  • The teams who played at Euro 2016 but didn’t make it back are Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Romania
  • Greece are the only former champions not to have qualified


Euro 2021 Prize Money

There is a lot of money involved in football and even though it’s not often thought about, there is prize money available at the UEFA European Championships.

All teams that enter are paid a €9.25m participation fee. Then there are tiered monies that can be earned all the way through to the Final.

In the group stage each team will collect a €1.5m match win bonus, while that prize money is shared if there is a draw.

A further €2m is collected for a Round of 16 victory, and that goes up to €3.25m for a quarter-final victory.

There is €5m for the semi-finals and then the runner up earns a further €7m while the European Championship winner gets €10m.

In total, the winner of the UEFA Championships 2020 will collect a maximum of €34m so there is huge prize money at stake.

Who will win Euro 2021? Predictions

Who are the favourites to win the Euro 2021? France are the current 9/2 favourites in Euro 2021 winner odds* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365).

They are the reigning World Champions and have a squad stacked with talent from Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, to Euro 2016 top goalscorer Antoine Griezmann to PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.

France have won the European Championships twice before, collecting the title in 1984 and again in 2000.

In between that, they were runners up in the 2016 edition as well. So at Euro 2021, France will be looking for their second consecutive Final.

England are the 5/1 second-favourites as the Three Lions go in search of their first-ever UEFA European Championship title* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365).

England have never been to the final of the tournament. Their best-ever finish at the tournament was reaching the semi-finals in 1996.

There was a hugely disappointing tournament for them in 2016 as they were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Iceland. Will they be able to bury those poor memories with a big tournament in 2021?

Euro 2021 Winner Odds

France 9/2
England 5/1
Belgium 6/1
Germany 7/1
Spain 15/2
Portugal 9/1
Italy 11/1
Netherlands 12/1
Denmark 28/1
Croatia 33/1
50/1 bar
* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365)

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With the talent that Belgium have, they are one of the front runners in Euro 2021 betting.

The Red Devils went to the semi-finals of the last World Cup so they performed superbly in the last major international tournament.

They have one of the tournament’s top-goalscorer favourites in Romelu Lukaku. With a fully fit squad, could the Red Devils go all the way to their first title?

Germany are the joint all-time most successful nation in the UEFA European Championship having won it three times before.

Their last title was 1996 though. The most recent appearance in the final was in 2008 when they came up short.

Spain is the only other nation besides Germany to have won the title three times before.

They pulled off the historic act of being the only nation to have won consecutive European Championships, claiming the 2008 and 2012 titles. Can they revive some of those glory days?

Reigning European champions Portugal are 8/1 in the Euro 2021 outrights to successfully defend* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365).

That was their second appearance in the final having made the 2004 edition. Will this be the last time that Cristiano Ronaldo graces the tournament?

Who will be the Euro 2021 top goalscorer?

Naturally, the tournament is going to be blessed with the presence of some of the best strikers in the world.

England’s hopes will be resting on the shoulders of Harry Kane to get them the goals that could fire them to the title.

The England man is the current 6/1 favourite in Euro 2021 Top Goalscorer odds* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365).

Only one other English player has finished a European Championships as the top goalscorer. That was Alan Shearer at Euro ‘96 with 5 goals.

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Belgium’s main source of goals is likely going to be Romelu Lukaku who is their big target man. After another strong season from him at club level with Inter winning the Serie A title, he’s going to arrive in a confident mood.

France have the brilliant Kylian Mbappe who is easily good enough to run up the goals in the competition.

Mbappe is a game-changer and is a clear strong option to pick up the Golden Boot in Euro 2021 odds from 8/1* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365).

Can Cristiano Ronaldo make history?

Cristiano Ronaldo needs one more goal to become the all-time leader in the European Championship Goalscorer charts.

It’s been such a tremendous career for him. Ronaldo has 9 European Championship goals to his name and has scored three goals exactly in each of the last two editions.

France’s Antoine Griezmann was the top goal scorer at Euro 2016 with six goals. That is the second-highest ever tally by a player in a single European Championships.

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UEFA European Championship Winners

  • 1960 Soviet Union
  • 1964 Spain
  • 1968 Italy
  • 1972 West Germany
  • 1976 Czechoslovakia
  • 1980 West Germany
  • 1984 France
  • 1988 Netherlands
  • 1992 Denmark
  • 1996 Germany
  • 2000 France
  • 2004 Greece
  • 2009 Spain
  • 2012 Spain
  • 2016 Portugal


How far can England go at Euro 2021?

England have high hopes at the UEFA Euro 2021 Championships. They have an exciting young and talented squad.

If that can be utilised to the best effect, then the Three Lions have a good chance of going deep.

In the group stage, England will face Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic and all of those are being played at Wembley.

England are a quote of 7/4 to claim a maximum 9 points in the group stage* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Unibet).

So that is a huge helping hand for the Three Lions, as long as it doesn’t invite extra pressure.

England were terribly disappointing in the group stage at Euro 2016, but Gareth Southgate has taken them a long way forward since then.

England are 13/5 to reach the final in Euro 2021 betting odds* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365).

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England Stage Of Elimination Odds

Last 16 27/20
Quarter Final 3/1
Semi Final 7/1
Runner Up 8/1
Group Stage 11/1
* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Unibet).

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Some alternative England Euro 2021 betting markets

For this Euro 2021 betting guide, we have also found some alternative markets involving England at the tournament.

An interesting one that Unibet have is who will lead the tournament for England in terms of receiving the most cards?

The favourite for that is Manchester United defender Harry Maguire at 9/2* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Unibet).

Other options include full-back Luke Shaw at 11/2, with midfielders Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice at 6/1 and 9/1 respectively* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Unibet).

There is also a market at the same operator for which England player will produce the most assists.

It is a duel between Phil Foden and Mason Mount at the head of the market there as they are the joint 6/1 favourites* (odds recorded at 04:12 GMT on June 1st, 2021 at Bet365).

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Euro 2021 Guide Summary

So the big kick-off had a delay, but UEFA Euro 2021 has finally arrived. Who can go all the way and be crowned European Champions?

Can Portugal become just the second nation ever to win the title in consecutive editions?

Will there be a new name etched onto the famous trophy with both England and Belgium looking strong prospects?

Will England win the Euro 2021 with their talented young squad?

What records will be broken at the tournament? Will Cristiano Ronaldo become the all-time leading goalscorer at the Euros?

Will Harry Kane walk away with both the Golden Boot and the Euro 2021 crown?

Euro 2021 is going to be a fascinating event, with the unusual situation of a lot of teams like England, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, having home advantage through the group stage.

There are so many intriguing questions that are going to be answered in a big month of Euro 2021 group bets and Euro 2021 betting on so many markets.