England players have returned to business following their summer heroics in Russia with members of the team who reached the 2018 semi-final filing back to their clubs. Harry Kane switches his attentions from firing England to World Cup glory to helping Tottenham challenge for silverware, while Jordan Pickford hopes to sort out his future with the likes of Chelsea showing an interest.
It’s great to have the season back and punters can focus their efforts on predicting the best side to support in the Premier League betting. Manchester City are hot-favourites following last season’s title-winning charge, Liverpool rate as the main dangers but bookmakers predict tough times ahead for Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United boys.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of a brand-new campaign but the progress Gareth Southgate has made in charge of the national side shouldn’t be forgotten. Odds compilers are giving punters a chance to secure the early value with a bet on Euro 2020.
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Traders don’t think so and have Germany marked as one of the favourites in the early exchanges. Fancy a go? You’ll find a tempting 5/1 at bet365 on Joachim Low’s crew ending on the top step. DFB have won the Euros three times already, 1972, 1980 and 1996.
There’s no doubting their talent but a below-par showing in this year’s World Cup is sure to scare some off, doubters preferring to look further down the pecking order for a slice of value.
Germany went to Russia as ante-post favourites but played just three games, finishing bottom of Group F behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. A tally of one win and two defeats means drastic improvement is needed in the next two years.
France came out on top with a stunning 4-2 win over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Les Bleus made light work of their opponents in front of a global audience with Mandzukic OG, Griezmann, Pogba and Mpabbe the scorers, bettering replies from Perisic and Mandzukic.
France were impressive winners of the trophy and the general feeling among football fans is they’ll only get better as the likes of Mbappe gain experience.
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) August 2, 2018
Success on the continent is certainly nothing new to the country either having appeared in nine Euro championships, winning two. Their first taste of glory came in 1984, followed by a second in Belgium and Holland. 4/1 is the general feeling at the time of writing, but there’s as tight as 7/2 in places with some firms looking to distance themselves from the risk of a World Cup and Euro double.
Those looking for England must allow their gaze to drift down to fifth in the betting with 8/1 across the board. The Three Lions claimed World Cup glory in 1966, of course, but haven’t been able to replicate that effort in the 52 years since. Third in 1968 and 1996 has been their best in the European Championships.
A meaty offer but each-way backers will secure a pay-out if Southgate can guide his upstarts to the final with bookies paying out 1/2 the odds a place 1-2.
Euro 2020 is unique in that it’ll be held in 12 European cities. Wembley Stadium will host both the semi-finals and the final, and a home crowd will surely boost their chances.