Euro 2024 Favourites: England edge France as pre-tournament faves

 | Tuesday 21st May 2024, 15:35pm

Tuesday 21st May 2024, 15:35pm

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England remain the favourites to win Euro 2024 after the provisional squad announcement, priced at 3/1 to win their very first European Championship. They’ve come close in recent tournaments, losing to France in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, and being beaten on penalties by Italy in the final of Euro 2020. 

Now, with the emergence of Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden, England’s attacking options have improved further, and there is a belief that this could be the year that the men win their first trophy since 1966. Cole Palmer has also been included after his 22 goals season for Chelsea, as Gareth Southgate ponders which seven players to cut over the next few weeks. 

The excitement is building, and below you can find the list of Euro 2024 favourites ahead of the tournament’s first game on June 14. 

Euro 2024 Outright Odds

France are lurking, as they always do, having come within a penalty shootout of winning their second consecutive World Cup in 2022. They named Kylian Mbappe, Warren Zaire-Emery and Ousmane Dembele in their squad last week, and will be serious contenders in Germany once again at 7/2. It feels like they just know how to navigate these knockout tournaments, and in the big games, they have produced so regularly over the last eight years.

We also must consider the hosts Germany, who have found some form this year. They looked out of sorts last year, but they beat France and the Netherlands in March and are looking good under Julian Nagelsmann. The 5/1 on them to win the tournament on home soil may offer some value given they boast home advantage and have a relatively easy group. 

Portugal seem to still be going under the radar slightly despite boasting one of the strongest starting XIs of any nation. Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva could well do some damage this summer, and don’t forget, they won the Euros back in 2016. It feels like the price of 15/2 for them to go all the way is extremely generous. 

Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands have been priced up as the outsiders from the usual suspects of contenders, and the Italians are the hardest to place at 14/1. They were superb four years ago on their way to glory, but failed to make the 2022 World Cup and have been placed in a tricky group with Spain and Croatia. 

Belgium are rebuilding under Domenico Tedesco, and with Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku they always have a chance. They will be focussed on blooding some more young players this tournament, with the likes of Jeremy Doku also likely to shine. Ronald Koeman is back in charge of the Netherlands and they only lost on penalties at the World Cup to eventual champions Argentina. However, France beat them twice in qualifying, and it feels like they aren’t quite part of the elite European nations right now.

England are favourites, but their defensive issues and lack of left-backs concerns me slightly. I'd be looking elsewhere for value at this moment in time.


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