Who will win Euro 2020?

As we head towards the last-16 of Euro 2020, there have been no real shocks to date. Of the 24 teams that started out the tournament, only eight were eliminated after the group stage and all of the main pretenders made it safely through to the last-16 where things start to get serious for those remaining teams hopeful of glory this summer.

Of the eight teams eliminated, most would have been predicted by experts prior to the start of the tournament. Hungary, North Macedonia, Scotland, Slovakia, Turkey, Russia Finland and Poland are the unlucky teams to miss out but none would have entered the tournaments with high expectations.

Turkey were perhaps the biggest disappointment. A few pundits had tipped them as dark horses, however, they exited the tournament without a single win and the fifth-worst record in European Championship history. Hungary can consider themselves a little unfortunate. Drawn in the ‘group of death’ alongside Portugal, France and Germany, the Hungarians found themselves just six minutes from a shock upset as they led Germany in their final group game. The Germans equalised late in the game, setting up a last-16 tie with England.

Scotland also had a chance to escape the group, however an opening defeat to the Czechs put them on the back foot and despite a spirited performance against England, they were ultimately knocked out by a much stronger Croatia side. Poland, led by talisman Robert Lewandowski, may have also fancied their chances of escaping the group stages but despite three goals in as many games, Lewandowski couldn’t do enough to get the Poles through.

This then leaves us with a last-16 that includes all of the favourites.

Favourites for Euro 2020

France went into Euro 2020 as the favourites to lift the title and nothing has done much to change their status during the group stage. France came through the group of death comfortably, beating Germany and Hungary before drawing their final game with Portugal to seal top spot in the group. They are led by star striker Kylian Mbappe and whilst he has yet to sparkle in the tournament, you feel his best days are still to come as we get into the nitty gritty of knock out football.

Often a frustrating figure at club side Manchester United, Paul Pogba has been one of the stand out players so far of Euro 2020 and France will rely on him and N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park to dominate in their last-16 game against Switzerland.

Betway Sports has France as favourites for Euro 2020 at 5.00.

Behind France, there is not much to split the leading protagonists. England, despite a tepid performance during the group stage, still find themselves as second-favourites behind France. Betway currently has England at 7.00 to lift the title and this has as much to do with a favourable side of the draw and the fact that all but one of their remaining games would be held on home soil at Wembley if they were to make it to the final.

The group stage left you feeling that England still have plenty in the tank and, like many teams, you sense that they see the knockout stage as the real start of the tournament. They will need to address some attacking deficiencies in the knockout stages if they want to go all the way – they are the worst-ranked team in the last-16 in terms of shots on goal and chances created. At the back, however, they are yet to concede a goal in their opening three games.

England’s opponents in the last-16 will be old rival Germany who Betway has at 8.00 to lift the trophy, also owing to a favourable side of the draw. Germany started poorly with a defeat to France before a top-quality performance against Portugal, beating the defending champions 4-2 and showing some really attacking prowess. They ended the group stage by scraping past Hungary despite twice being behind, securing a draw that was enough to seal second place in the group.

You feel like Germany could be vulnerable at the back. They are yet to keep a clean sheet, however, they do have six goals to their name in three games so it could be a very interesting match against England at Wembley.

Perhaps the strongest team in the group stages were Italy. They sailed through their group, winning all three games despite fielding a much-weakened team in their final group game once qualification had already been secured.

The Italians are on a long unbeaten run in all competitions and confidence is high as they head into a last-16 matchup against Austria. At odds of 8.00, they are definitely worth a punt if they can carry this form into the knockout stage of the tournament.

Spain are the third team currently placed as third favourites to lift the title, despite a poor group stage. Betway also has Spain at 8.00 to lift the title and this is most likely fuelled by their performance in the final group game against Slovakia where they finally showed what they are capable of in a five-nil victory. Prior to that, two draws with Sweden and Poland has left them in danger of missing out on qualification until they turned the form tables upside down with that convincing win against Slovakia.

Best of the rest

Outside of the five favourites to lift the title, the Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal all look like decent bets having all come through the group stages unscathed. All three teams, you feel, are yet to show their full potential and like England, you feel like this is the time when things will really get serious for these three nations.

You can get all the latest EURO 2020 odds from Betway Sports and follow all the action on the official Uefa EURO 2020 website.