Euro 2020 Betting Offers, Free Bets and Enhanced Odds Offers – 12th June to 12th July 2020
Euro 2020 qualification is underway as we build towards a new-look UEFA European Football Championship to be played in June and July 2020. This time around, instead of the tournament taking place in a single country, or even having two hosts sharing it, the Euros will be spread across 12 host cities.
As we get ever closer to the tournament and we follow the meandering path through the qualification process, we’ll be highlighting the best betting offers, promotions and free bets right here to help you get the best bookie deals.
Of course, life isn’t just about money and taking the bookies to the cleaners (apparently!) and so we’ve also got some great stats and facts about the Euros to impress your friends with and a little European Championships history for those that prefer to bore their friends instead!
Euro 2020 Betting Offers, Enhanced Odds and Free Bets
Here we’ll explain the details of all the best free bets, money back offers, enhanced odds offers and more with the key terms and conditions and anything you need to know. Note, please always read the full terms of an offer on the relevant betting site.
- Offers and free bets will be posted here in due course… in the meantime, check out the Free Bets page for the best bookie offers.
Euro 2020 Betting Tips
Here we’ll bring you our ante post betting tips for some of the more popular outright markets and then we’ll follow up with match-specific tips as the Euro 2020 tournament gets a little closer. Note that odds are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Euro 2020 Outright Winner Betting Tips
Time is ticking towards Euro 2020, which brings a unique new format to international tournaments. Before FIFA’s Christmas World Cup in 2022, UEFA have decided to split the Euros tournament between 12 host cities. While it’s easy to be cynical about that choice, we aren’t likely to care when the tournament rolls around – especially based on the success of the 2018 World Cup.
Of course, the big benefit for English fans is that Wembley hosts the semis and the final, giving a slight edge to Gareth Southgate’s men. Wembley will also host two of England’s group stage games and the last 16 clash should they make it, so this is essentially a home tournament for the Three Lions. However, can they make the most of it and go all the way?
England in with a shout
As always at the Euros, England will be likely to face stiff competition for glory. Given that the tournament now has 24 teams, while the Nations League offers backdoor qualifying, the giants have to spectacularly implode to miss out. That includes reigning World Champions France, who are set to enter Euro 2020 as the favourites to lift the trophy.
After winning the 1998 World Cup, France followed that up with success at Euro 2000. There’s little to suggest that they won’t do the same again. Didier Deschamps continues to have one of the most incredible talent pools to pick from. His side won in Russia despite being a little on the young side, but that only sets them up for a potential generation of domination. The likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane are heading into their prime for Euro 2020, so they are justified as favourites at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
Usual Suspects to Thrive?
However, Europe has plenty of depth ahead of this tournament. There are attempts to restore Spain and Germany to their former glory, with the pair getting rid of major names in an attempt to freshen up. Both looked stale at Russia 2018, but they are always in the hunt for silverware. However, this is likely to be a learning curve for both, as there are more polished international outfits in the running. The same can be said about the Netherlands and Italy, despite their major steps forward in recent months.
One side we are focusing on is Belgium, a side who are facing a crux summer. A creaking defence and a history of underachievement haunt the golden generation here. Their third place finish at the World Cup was progress, but it’s another two-and-a-half years from here to Qatar. By that stage their top talents will be the wrong side of 30.
That puts pressure on the Belgians to deliver, but they were arguably the most consistently impressive team in Russia. The Red Devils are priced up at 7/1 with Coral here as a result, while we would mark them down as the main threat to France in their pursuit of international dominance.
Can England Win Euro 2020?
After an impressive 2018, faith in Gareth Southgate is high. That has been followed up by the emergence of even more young talent, who are threatening to freshen up an already new-look England team. There’s a lot of quality for the Three Lions to work with going forward, which means the pressure to deliver in international football is back.
England are certainly capable of glory in 2020. In fact, they should be considered among the favourites. We’d put them up there with Belgium in the chasing pack. The Three Lions are no longer sitting with the outsiders, like defending champions Portugal or World Cup runners-up Croatia. The likes of Germany and Spain are even behind England right now, given the work Southgate has done to drive this young side on.
England can be found at 6/1 with bet365 to win Euro 2020. The Three Lions have always featured at the top of the betting for international tournaments, usually because of domestic loyalty. However, this time around that actually seems like a fair price. It’s certainly better value than the Spanish – who sit at the same price despite an awful time at the World Cup, followed by a humiliating loss to England in Seville in the Nations League.
That major victory kicked England on to the next level, showing they do have what it takes to go all the way at the Euros. Having five home games in their seven-game route to the final isn’t bad either.
Euro 2020 Top Scorer Betting
Of course, the intrigue around Euro 2020 doesn’t end with the winner. After a thrilling World Cup which was packed with goals, we expect Europe’s top forwards to be on form this time around. That includes Harry Kane, who took the Golden Boot in Russia with six strikes. The Tottenham forward will be a leading contender again in 2020, while playing games at Wembley will make him more likely to take more individual honours. Kane is a serious contender in this tournament, as is Raheem Sterling, who continues to improve his end product for both club and country.
Of course, Kane is likely to come under pressure from Kylian Mbappe. The Frenchman has excelled with PSG, which should make him a key part of France’s efforts here. The forward excelled late on in Russia, with four goals in total. He’s set to take the mantle of world’s best player in the coming years, with Euro 2020 his next chance to prove that on the international stage. We can see Mbappe producing the goods at this tournament, especially with the French expected to go far in it.
We can’t wrap up the Golden Boot talk without looking to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese had his most impressive tournament to date in Russia, with four goals in four games. He’s kept up his scoring rate since moving to Juventus, while he remains the focal point for European champions Portugal. The defending champions may be outsiders going into this tournament, but he’s one to watch in the Golden Boot race.
Euro 2020 Information
As full qualification and draw details are known we’ll add to this section, providing you with all the key information about the forthcoming European Championships.
- Hosts Cities – As mentioned there are 12 host cities for Euro 2020: London (wembley Stadium), Munich (Allianz Arena), Rome (Stadio Olimpico), Baku (Olympic Stadium), Saint Petersburg (Krestovsky Stadium), Bucharest (Arena Nationala), Amsterdam (Johan Cruyff), Dublin (Aviva Stadium), Bilbao (San Mames), Budapest (Puskas Arena), Glasgow ( Hampden Park), Copenhagen (Parken Stadium)
- Final – the final will be held at Wembley Staidum, London
- Dates – The final is on the 12th July 2020, with the opening game on the 12th June
- Champions – Portugal are the champions, having triumphed in Euro 2016
European Championships History, Stats and Facts
The first European Championships were held in France in 1960 and were contested by just four teams. The hosts carry the dual distinction of having finished last in that tournament but also of being the only nation still in existence, with Czechoslovakia finishing third, Yugoslavia as runner-up and the Soviet Union as champions.
The UEFA European Championship, to use the full name, or Euros, to use its more common moniker, was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup. It was and is open to all members of UEFA and the name changed in to the present one in 1968.
As with many of football’s great competitions, the French were at the forefront of the push to create a continental championship and the Euros were first mooted by Henri Delaunay, the French Football Federation’s secretary-general in, 1927. Sadly Delaunay didn’t live to see his idea come to fruition, with much opposition and administrative red tape meaning nothing much happened about creating the European Championship until 1958, three years after he died.
His name does, however, live on, with the trophy for the winners of the Euros being called the Henri Delaunay Cup. He was a contemporary of the better known Jules Rimet, the man whose name was taken on by the World Cup trophy between 1930 and 1970 (after which Brazil were given that trophy permanently – the new cup is called the FIFA World Cup Trophy). Both Rimet and Delaunay were instrumental in the creation of both events and as such have played a huge role in shaping international football worldwide.
17 sides entered qualifying for that first tournament, although England, West Germany, Italy and Holland were notable by their absence. In 1964 the tournament grew to 29 nations but stuck to the structure which meant only four sides took part in the finals themselves. This format was maintained until 1980, when eight nations went to Italy.
Steady expansion, both in the number of teams that entered qualifying and the number that made it through to the finals has been a theme of the European Championship and Euro 96, held in England, was the first 16-team Euros, the hosts making the semi finals before losing to Germany, the eventual winners.
Along the way there have been a number of tweaks to the rules and structure of both qualification and the Championship finals, some of which we’ll highlight in our stats and facts below. Euro 2016 is the first 24-team tournament and this has meant smaller nations have had a much better chance to qualify for the finals of a major international tournament. A Gareth Bale-inspired Wales climbed to eighth in the FIFA world rankings, officially making them the fifth best team in Europe, and qualified for their first major tournament in 58 years. Similarly Northern Ireland qualified for their first tournament since 1986.
With England, Wales and Northern Ireland all present and the Republic in the play-offs, home interest in Euro 2016 looks sure to be greater than ever and France 2016 should be a cracking competition – let’s hope the bookies bring out some equally good offers!
Euros Stats and Facts
Now we’ve given you the long-winded history of the Euros, how about 13 (no superstition here thanks!) quick, easy – and maybe even interesting – facts and stats to impress/bore your mates with?
- Confederations Cup – the winners of the Euros qualify for the Confederations Cup (though they do not have to take up their place)
- Three in a Row? – Spain are the only nation to have ever won consecutive Euros – can they make it three in a row?
- Euros – the naming protocol of “Euro 2016” only began in 1996. Euro 96 was the first 16-team Euros, the first to use the “Golden Goal” and brought a first ever title for a unified Germany. If only Gazza was a bit faster or had slightly longer legs it could have been England!
- Coin Toss – the 1968 semi between Italy and the Soviet Union was won by Italy on a coin toss following a 0-0 draw!
- Replay – Italy had all the luck in ’68 – they beat Yugoslavia in a replay in the final!
- Third Place – the annoying third place play-offs were stopped in 1980, meaning Czechoslovakia will forever hold the title of third in the Euros!
- Third is Second Loser – third may be second loser but it’s also England’s best ever performance, in 1968 (admittedly only four teams made the finals!)
- Hosts – prior to Euro 2016 the hosts have won just three out of 14 European Championships, with France having a 50% strike rate as hosts
- Upsets – there have been some mighty upsets in the Euros, with Denmark’s victory in 1992 coming after they only qualified as late replacements for war-affected Yugoslavia, whilst Greece’s triumph in Portugal came as 200/1 outsiders in the betting!
- Goals! – Michel Platini has scored the most goals in European Championships finals, scoring all nine of his goals in 1984 to lead France to victory
- More Goals! – Robbie Keane has the most goals in qualifying, with 23, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo has the most in qualifying and finals combined, with 26
- Fast-trick – Platini scored two hat-tricks at Euro 1984 ( for the pedants, Euro 96, as said, was the first tournament to use such nomenclature but the naming structure is now applied retroactively – so there!) but his triple against Yugoslavia came in just 18 minutes
- 1976, Thems Was The Days – Euro 76, in Yugoslavia, averaged 4.75 goals per game, with the 1968 tournament averaging just 1.4! Since 2000 the four tournaments have seen between 2.45 and 2.74 goals per game.