UEFA Euro 2021
UEFA Euro 2021 may be a year late, but it should be well worth the wait. The tournament finals will be like no other previous edition. There is no one Euro 2021 host with 11 different host cities and countries staging the action across the length and breadth of Europe. That makes this tournament different to all those which preceded it.
If you are wondering when does Euro 2021 start, the answer is 11 September. The tournament is on for a whole month. That means the Euro Cup final takes place on 11 September at the world-famous Wembley Stadium in North London.
Second only to the World Cup in terms of importance and prestige among international football tournaments, this is the first pan-European Euros. With no designated host nation, each of the 24 Euro 2021 teams came through qualifying. You can learn all about the latest Euro 2021 betting odds here.
Euro 2021 Group Stage and Qualifiers
In order to reach the tournament finals, each of those 24 teams had to qualify. There were no automatic places awarded unlike previous editions. Twenty spots were available in the Euro 2021 Group Stage through the traditional route. Of those, 10 were for winners of qualifying groups. That is how Euro 2021 favourites England reached the tournament, with seven wins from eight games in a round robin format.
The other 10 were for teams who finished second in their qualifying groups like Wales. That left four spots for winners of the Euro 2021 Play-Offs. The nations which advanced to those weren’t based on the qualifiers, but their performance in the UEFA Nations League. Each Play-Off path featured four countries drawn as two one-legged semi-finals and then a final. This is how Scotland qualified for the UEFA Euro Cup finals, beating both Israel and Serbia on penalties.
A draw took place before the Play-Offs once regular qualifying finished, which allocated the Euro 2021 teams into six groups of four. The then undetermined Play-Off winners were entered as Path A, Path B, Path C and Path D winner. This is what the Euro 2021 Group Stage looks like starting with England’s pool:
The outright Euro 2021 odds have the Three Lions as the tournament favourites. In Group D, they kick things off against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia, then play the Auld Enemy in Scotland and finish up with a qualifying rematch against the Czech Republic.
What puts England at a major advantage over the opposition here is that all three of their Group Stage games are home matches at Wembley. It’s no wonder, then, that they are also favourites to win this pool.
Scotland, playing at their first major international tournament since 1998, are the outsiders to qualify with Croatia fancied in the Euro 2021 betting to progress. Three teams may advance from any pool, but only the top two in each are guaranteed a place in the knockout phase Below is a full list of Group D fixtures with kick-off times:
• England v Croatia, 14:00 BST, 13 September, Wembley Stadium
• Scotland v Czech Republic, 14:00 BST, 14 September, Hampden Park
• Croatia v Czech Republic, 17:00 BST, 18 September, Hampden Park
• England v Czech Republic, 20:00 BST, 18 September, Wembley Stadium
• Croatia v Scotland, 20:00 BST, 22 September, Hampden Park
• England v Czech Republic, 20:00 BST, 22 September, Wembley Stadium
Wales are outsiders with most Euro 2021 betting sites in Group A, because of a tough pool on paper. The Dragons play two of their three fixtures in this pool far away on the edge of Europe in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. Up first for the Welsh are regular qualifiers Switzerland, then Turkey and finally heavyweights Italy in Rome.
The Azzurri have the shortest Euro 2021 odds both to qualify from and win this pool, though aren’t particularly fancied to go all the way and lift the trophy. Like England, they play all their Group Stage games on home soil. Turkey visit the Stadio Olimpico first, then neighbours Switzerland and finally Wales.
Euro 2021 bookmakers suggest it will be close between the Swiss and Turks for the second automatic qualifying spot for the knockout phase. Here are the Group A fixtures:
• Turkey v Italy, 20:00 BST, 11 September, Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
• Wales v Switzerland, 14:00 BST, 12 September, Olympic Stadium (Baku)
• Turkey v Wales,17:00 BST, 16 September, Olympic Stadium (Baku)
• Italy v Switzerland, 20:00 BST, 16 September, Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
• Switzerland v Turkey, 17:00 BST, 20 September, Olympic Stadium (Baku)
• Italy v Wales, 17:00 BST, 20 September, Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Two of the Euro 2021 teams have home advantage in Group B. Denmark play all three of their matches in this pool at home, but Russia have their first two games in Saint Petersburg. Despite this, however, the hot favourites for the group are Belgium. First-time qualifiers
Finland borders Russia, meanwhile, and two of their games being in Saint Petersburg may feel like home matches for the pool underdogs. The Nordic nation do look upset against here, however.
Belgium and Russia met in qualifying with both games going to the former. That is why the Euro 2021 online betting favours them so much. Denmark are next, with all those matches on home soil in their favour. Russia surprised a few when hosting the last World Cup in 2018, however, so it’s worth bearing that in mind. These are the Group B fixtures:
• Denmark v Finland, 17:00 BST, 12 September, Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)
• Belgium v Russia, 20:00 BST, 12 September, Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg)
• Finland v Russia, 14:00 BST, 16 September, Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg)
• Denmark v Belgium, 17:00 BST, 17 September, Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)
• Russia v Denmark, 20:00 BST, 21 September, Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)
• Finland v Belgium, 20:00 BST, 21 September, Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg)
The Euro 2021 online betting for Group C makes the Netherlands clear favourites. They have the all-important home advantage with each of their three games in the pool taking place in Amsterdam. The Dutch didn’t qualify for the last Euros or World Cup, so should make the most of what looks an easy opportunity on paper.
Ukraine come to the Johan Cruyff Arena first, then Austria and finally North Macedonia. This is the first time the latter has reached the Euro finals since gaining independence from Yugoslavia. All other games in this group are in the Romanian capital city, Bucharest.
Austria did the double over North Macedonia in qualifying, so Euro 2021 betting sites are split over whether they will take second spot in the pool or that goes to Ukraine instead. Here are the Group C fixtures:
• Austria v North Macedonia, 17:00 BST, 13 September, Arena Nationala (Bucharest)
• Netherlands v Ukraine, 20:00 BST, 13 September, Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam)
• Ukraine v North Macedonia,14:00 BST, 17 September, Arena Nationala (Bucharest)
• Netherlands v Austria, 20:00 BST, 17 September, Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam)
• North Macedonia v Netherlands, 17:00 BST, 21 September, Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam)
• Ukraine v Austria, 17:00 BST, 21 September, Arena Nationala (Bucharest)
Yet another Euro 2021 host nation in Spain are favourites for Group E with all their games in the pool at La Cartuja in Seville. They have a qualifying rematch with Sweden first, having taken four points off them, before encounters with Poland and finally Slovakia.
This group features some big-name strikers acting as talismans for their respective nations. For Poland, the prolific Robert Lewandowski give them hope of advancing to the knockout phase. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came out of international retirement for Sweden before the UEFA Euro 2021 finals, meanwhile.
Leading Euro 2021 bookmakers suggest second spot is between those two countries. Both may end up qualifying. Slovakia are thus the outsiders in this pool and perhaps lacking the star power of the Pole, Spanish and Swedes. Get a look at all the Group E fixtures below:
• Poland v Slovakia, 17:00 BST, 14 September, Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg)
• Spain v Sweden, 20:00 BST, 14 September, La Cartuja (Seville)
• Sweden v Slovakia, 14:00 BST, 18 September, Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg)
• Spain v Poland, 20:00 BST, 19 September, La Cartuja (Seville)
• Slovakia v Spain, 17:00 BST, 23 September, La Cartuja (Seville)
• Sweden v Poland, 17:00 BST, 23 September, Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg)
World Cup holders France are narrow Euro 2021 betting favourites in Group F. This pool is very much a group of death, however, and by some way the most competitive on paper. Les Bleus have Germany and Portugal for company here.
Hungary, meanwhile, are one of the Euro 2021 host countries with a couple of their matches in Budapest. They are rank outsiders here, though, with Germany also enjoying games on home soil in Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Portugal are the holders of the UEFA Euro Cup and still have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks. It’s more than likely that they, the French and Germans all advance from this pool but it is tricky for bettors to know what order they will finish in. France and Germany meet first, then Portugal play the Germans and French. These are the Group F games:
• Hungary v Portugal, 17:00 BST, 15 September, Puskas Arena (Budapest)
• France v Germany, 20:00 BST, 15 September, Allianz Arena (Munich)
• Hungary v France, 14:00 BST, 19 September, Puskas Arena (Budapest)
• Portugal v Germany, 17:00 BST, 19 September, Allianz Arena (Munich)
• Portugal v France, 20:00 BST, 23 September, Puskas Arena (Budapest)
• Germany v Hungary, 20:00 BST, 23 September, Allianz Arena (Munich)
Euro 2021 Odds
There is lots of Euro 2021 online betting available, both on England specifically and the tournament in general. You will find match odds for every single one of the 51 games at the finals. There are so many markets on offer for those, but here we concentrate on what Euro 2021 bookmakers provide outright.
As noted earlier, England are the Euro 2021 favourites to win the tournament before a ball has been kicked. France, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Portugal are all prominent in an open outright market. If you want to bet on the Three Lions, there are other wagers you can make too. These include reaching the Euro Cup final, qualifying from their group, naming the finalists and doubling up England with a top goalscorer bet.
Looking at that market on its own through Euro 2021 betting sites, the list of contenders reads like a who’s who of football. Harry Kane is the pre-tournament favourite ahead of Belgium frontman Romelu Lukaku, France’s Kylian Mbappe and Ronaldo. Other top players are available at big Euro 2021 odds of 20/1 and bigger bar those four.
England at Euro 2021
There is a lot of focus on the Euro 2021 favourites England, and you can even bet on which players will make it into their tournament squad. Before placing any wagers in these markets, however, you should be aware that things are a little different this time around. Final UEFA Euro 2021 squads will have 26 players in them, increased from 23. The theory behind this is it will allow national coaches like Gareth Southgate to name an additional defender, midfielder and forward on the tournament roster.
Who will make the England squad for UEFA Euro 2021 finals?
Here are some Euro 2021 betting tips for the England squad he may select. The three goalies look pretty cut and dried with Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford and Burnley stopper Nick Pope firm fancies for inclusion. Only injury to one or other of them would see Sam Johnstone of relegated West Bromwich Albion coming in.
In defence, Kyle Walker and John Stones of Manchester City should join United duo Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire on the roster. Ben Chilwell from Chelsea is another option at left-back, while there may be a recall for Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa and Wolves’ Conor Coady are central defensive options with the versatile Eric Dier, Reece James and Kieran Trippier all hoping to make the cut.
Midfield sees Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Declan Rice all looking like locks for inclusion alongside Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, young Jude Bellingham, West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard, Jack Grealish and Southampton skipper James Ward-Prowse may also be in contention.
Out wide, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford join Jadon Sancho as big fancies for the England squad. Mason Greenwood might not make the cut, alongside James Maddison of Leicester City. The strikers led by Three Lions captain Harry Kane sees only Everton frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin as also sure of his spot. Euro 2021 betting tips for the England squad suggest there may not be room for both Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins.
Euro 2021 Betting
There is lots of Euro 2021 online betting available to you. All top bookmakers cover the tournament with a huge range of match odds on every single one of the 51 games during the event finals. These markets are just the same as regular football betting. From handicaps and correct scores to draw no bet, double chance and win/scorer doubles, you should be able to find a wager or two.
As the UEFA Euro Cup is a tournament, there are lots of popular outright markets too. We thought it would be worth your while looking at some of those in more detail:
• Winner – these are the outright Euro 2021 odds for going all the way and lifting the trophy.
• Name the finalists – which two teams will make it to the Euro Cup final on 11 September?
• To reach the final – betting on a team to make the tournament final, so the wager pays out if they win one of the semis.
• Top goalscorer – which player will score the most goals at Euro 2021? Dead heat rules may apply, and some bookies may use assists as a tiebreaker. There may also be a separate Golden Boot market.
• To qualify – the odds for a team to qualify from their group for the knockout phase of the tournament.
• Winner/Top goalscorer double – you can bet on which team wins the tournament and the individual player who scores the most goals all in one wager.
• Stage of elimination – at what point during the Euro 2021 finals will a team be eliminated from the tournament? You have the choice of Group Stage, last 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, losing finalists or winning it.
• Player of the Tournament – which footballer will be awarded the UEFA Player of the Tournament? There may also be betting on the Young Player award.
As all bookmakers cover this competition extensively, it is difficult to know which are the best Euro 2021 betting sites out there. The table below lets you compare all the bookies based on what they offer you on the tournament. You can see what Euro 2021 bookmakers have and how they differ, because we have done all the research on your behalf. Check out what the leading sportsbooks provide on this major event in football above.
When it comes to Euro 2021 offers, the bookies are going to make a big deal of the tournament. There is so much attention on the action that it makes sense for them to try and engage the wider public in betting on the action. You may be wondering what they have in store this time around? Based on the last Euros, there could be some sweet deals out there. Here are some of the types of Euro 2021 betting offers you should watch out for:
• Money back offers – When you bet on a team in the outright betting and if they get knocked out on penalties, your stake is refunded as cash or free bets. Alternatively, the same may apply if a certain nation wins Euro 2021.
• Winnings bonuses – Wager a certain amount on a team to win the tournament and receive bonuses for every game they are victorious in.
• Goalscorer bonuses – Similar to the winning bonuses, back any player to be top goalscorer and place a set amount on the bet, and you get free bets for every time they find the net.
• Acca Insurance – If you place any accumulators using Euro 2021 match odds, then these may be covered be a bookmaker’s regular football Acca Insurance promotion. If one leg of the bet lets you down, get your stake back as a free bet.
• Bet Builder – The bookies’ Bet Builder functions should also be incorporated into Euro 2021 offers available. These allow you to create your own customised bet, often called a same game multi that includes various outcomes like cards, corners, shots and goals in a match