France and England are joint favourites at 7/2 in bwin’s Euro 2024 winner odds after the draw for next summer’s tournament in Germany was made.
The countdown is now well and truly on to the continental competition as we take a look at the chances of the leading nations.
The 2018 world champions almost came through qualifying with a perfect record but dropped their first points of the group in their final game when they drew 2-2 in Greece.
Didier Deschamps’ side, who reached the semi-finals of last winter’s World Cup, claimed 22 points from a possible 24 in a tough group which also featured the Netherlands and the two teams have been drawn together in Group D along with Austria and a play-off winner, which could be Wales.
An exciting squad, spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe – who reached a career landmark of 300 goals aged just 24 recently – will certainly be hard to beat.
England’s Euro 2024 winner odds have been cut from 4/1 after a favourable draw saw them placed in Group C along with Denmark, Slovenia and Serbia.
They face Serbia first in Gelsenkirchen before moving on to Frankfurt to take on Denmark, who they beat in the semi-final of Euro 2020. Their final group match will be against Slovenia in Cologne, a team England beat in their last group game at the 2010 World Cup.
The Three Lions enjoyed an unbeaten 2023 that started with victory in Italy but ended with a disappointing 1-1 draw away in chilly North Macedonia.
They will need to find more fluency ahead of next summer’s tournament but injuries to key players such as Jude Bellingham did not help and a full-strength England team ought to be able to go all the way at Euro 2024.
The Euro 2024 hosts will need to find a major uptick in form to avoid serious disappointment on home soil next summer.
The sacking of Hansi Flick has not paid dividends yet, with Julian Nagelsmann – who took charge in September – struggling at the start of his tenure.
He won his opening game in charge against the USA before a draw with Mexico but November’s international window brought more concern with successive friendly defeats to Turkey and Austria heaping pressure on the 36-year-old to find a fix and quickly.
Germany remain well fancied in the Euro 2024 winner odds, perhaps thanks mainly to their status as hosts, but there are plenty of teams in better form than Die Mannschaft, who face Switzerland, Hungary and Scotland in Group A.
Cristiano Ronaldo and co enjoyed a perfect qualifying campaign, sweeping aside all before them to win all 10 matches and lay down a marker that the Euro 2016 champions are serious contenders to go all the way again.
Former Belgium and Everton manager Roberto Martinez took charge in January and has continued their momentum, with Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes a key cog in a side which boasts a raft of Premier League talent including Bernardo Silva, Joao Palhinha and Ruben Dias.
Martinez always fell short in charge of a hugely-talented Belgium squad and questions over his ability to mastermind a title tilt will remain but Portugal have the raw ingredients to believe they can win Euro 2024.
They should have no trouble progressing from Group F, which also contains Turkey, the Czech Republic and a play-off winner.
La Roja appear to be hitting their stride at the right time after topping Group A with back-to-back wins against Georgia and Cyprus.
Luis de la Fuente appears to have a good blend of youth and experience, with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Dani Carvajal joined by exciting talents such as Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal.
But the November window came at a serious cost with influential Barcelona midfielder Gavi tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, meaning he is highly likely to miss the rest of the season and Euro 2024.
Few would write Spain off from challenging in Germany given their international pedigree and a talented squad but Group B opponents Italy, Croatia and Albania will be no pushovers.
A 5-0 win over Azerbaijan was an ideal way for Belgium to sign off their qualifying campaign and Romelu Lukaku set a new record in the process.
The striker, on loan at Roma, scored four times in the space of 21 first-half minutes to take his qualifying tally to 14 goals – breaking the record held by David Healy and Robert Lewandowski for the most goals in a single campaign.
Belgium might not possess the same strength in depth as previous years but still have world-class talent in their ranks to have hopes of contending in Germany.
Their odds were cut from 14/1 after a favourable draw saw them grouped with Slovakia, Romania and a play-off winner.
Best of the rest
Italy will defend their European crown in Germany after narrowly seeing off Ukraine to claim second place behind England. Their form since winning Euro 2020 at Wembley has been indifferent and they are 14/1 to go all the way next summer.
Many might have Turkey down as dark horses for a serious run at the trophy after beating Croatia and Wales to top Group D. They are certainly attractively priced at 66/1 while Scotland are among the outsiders at 80/1.
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