Put all your oeufs in one basket at these Euros – and back France to win it.
The world champs are the outstanding pick of the strongest nations. At a comely 5/1, they are same price as England – yet outpoint them in just about every department.
As ever the traumatic gear change for Gareth Southgate’s men will be in facing teams of A-list status – four on the trot, if the knockouts pan out as the markets forecast.
We’re deep, deep into worldie land there.
And how A-list are England anyway? At the Friends reunion, they wouldn’t be Rachel or Ross.
When it’s prime-time, the Three Lions give off more of a Smelly Cat vibe.
A recurring reference, not essential to the plot.
Let’s imagine you rated England 5/6 favourites to overcome, say, Germany in the last-16, then 5/6 to get past Spain, 5/6 to do Holland in the semis, and 5/6 to beat France in the Final… that four-timer is a 10/1 poke on its own.
Beating A-list teams is what Kylian Mbappe and this France do better than anyone. Only Belgium come close on scalps from the start of WC2018 up to now.
Take ‘group of death’ talk with a pinch of salt too – four of the six third-place teams progress.
Get on France to win Euro 2020 at 5/1 (Unibet).
The Player of the Tournament vote will go to a finalist, usually a winner, and typically a force in midfield – but even with those restrictions there are some lumpy prices on live hopes.
Back Paul Pogba at 33/1 and Georginio Wijnaldum at 80/1 (both Bet365, Unibet).
The Golden Boot data at the Euros and World Cups from 1996 on says five or six goals will be needed this time.
Group tallies will swing it – as they did for Harry Kane in Russia – so a whipping boy there will help, plus runners who have a goal a game in their locker somewhere, and fair chances of five-plus fixtures.
Romelu Lukaku can beat Kane to the Boot this time and fits the bill at 15/2 (Skybet).
Take Belgium ‘highest scoring team’ at 5/1 generally too.
Fearless Phil Foden’s hot favourite to land the Best Young Player gong at the Euros at 7/2, with brilliant England team-mate Mason Mount second fav at 6/1.
You’ll have spotted a snag.
Like the senior award, this is a popularity contest voted for by UEFA bods. Nil points for Les Roast Beefs!
Take Manchester City’s potentially very eye-catching Ferran Torres to be top young ‘un instead at 11/1 (Bet365) with underrated Spain.
Last time: Winners at Evens, 9/4, 2/1 and 10/11 plus PL outrights at 8/1 (Kane, Golden Boot) and 9/2 (Man Utd, ‘to win title w/o City’).