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England Team Euro 2024 Betting Preview

England Team Euro 2024 Betting Preview

Tournament favourites

Strange as it may seem for many Three Lions fans, England are jetting off to the 2024 European Championships as favourites to bring home the trophy, even though silverware hasn't been forthcoming in 58 years. Gareth Southgate's men were a penalty-shoot-out away from winning the trophy at Wembley just three years and on the back of that near-success they reached the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup where they lost to France.

The ones to beat

The Three Lions enjoyed a solid qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 with 20 points collected from a possible 24 and the bookies are firmly of the opinion that Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham and co. possess enough quality to carry the side all the way into the final once again and possibly to the trophy itself. The odds on an England victory have drifted slightly on the back of some shaky performances in their recent international friendlies but the general consensus is that the Three Lions are the ones to beat in Euro 2024.

Bookmaker free bet offers

There are a great many free bets available on the 2024 European Championships from the leading online bookmakers and these can be claimed when you register a new account and make an initial deposit and/or a first bet with an online betting site which offers this type of sign-up bonus. These are a great way to grab some additional value on what promises to be a thrilling action-packed tournament but it is important that you read all of the terms and conditions attached to any bookmaker offer before registering.

Biggest threat

England have been placed in Group C in the European Championships alongside Serbia, Denmark and Slovenia and they are massive favourites to finish this stage of the competition as winners, the bookmakers going 2/5 that they go through to the knockout stages as Group C victors. The Danes are deemed to be the biggest threat to Gareth Southgate's men and they are 4/1 to finish top of their pool, while Serbia and Slovenia complete the market at odds of 8/1 and 10/1 respectively. Given that three sides will qualify from all-but-two of the six groups, it should hardly come as a surprise to see that the odds on the Three Lions to progress into the knockout stage are as low as 1/50 with some UK and Ireland betting sites, however Southgate's men can be backed as high as 1/12 to go out of the competition at the group stage. In the event that England make it out of their group as winners, they will be paired with one of the sides finishing third in either Group D, E or F.

Speculation

There has been much speculation surrounding the future of Gareth Southgate as England manager and with his contract with the FA due to expire once this tournament has drawn to a close, he will eager to end his tenure on a high, especially since he has come so close to ending the Three Lions' wait for glory in the European Championships. The England boss has come in for plenty of criticism for a somewhat negative approach but there can be no denying that he is well liked by players and supporters alike.

Fierce competition

Competition for a place in the England squad for Euro 2024 has been fierce but Southgate has now made his 26 selections for the tournament which gets underway on Friday, 14th June. The opening game for the Three Lions will be against Serbia on Sunday evening (16th June) and it remains to be seen who the Three Lions boss starts in this tough test. The absence of Harry Maguire from the England squad for this competition will open up an opportunity in the heart of defence and it will be interesting to see who will be partnering John Stones. New boys Kobbie Mainoo and Adam Wharton may get an opportunity to enter the fray in the middle of the park alongside Declan Rice, while Bukayo Saka may be set to make up the forward line alongside certain starters Harry Kane, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham.

Golden Boot

The quality of England's attack isn't in question ahead of this competition and this is underlined by the fact that two of the top four favourites in the 'Euro 2024 Golden Boot' betting market are in the Three Lions squad. Harry Kane is without doubt one of the premier finishers in the European game and while he continues his quest for silverware, he has been a Golden Boot winner at a World Cup. The Bayern Munich star is currently second favourite to be top goalscorer at Euro 2024 behind France's Kylian Mbappe and he can be backed to win the Golden Boot at a best price of 5/1 with the leading UK betting sites. Jude Bellingham also features in the top four in the 'Golden Boot' market at a best price of 16/1, the 20-year-old having found the back of the net 20 times in his debut season with Real Madrid. Elsewhere in this market, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden can each be backed at best odds of 33/1 while Ollie Watkins is a 50/1 shot to finish top scorer in Germany.

Will the wait be finally over?

With England being priced as favourites to win the competition and the likes of Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane up amongst the favourites in the battle for the Golden Boot, do the bookmakers actually have it right? Can the Three Lions end their 58-year-wait for success in a major international tournament? England do have one of the strongest squads in the competition, but a few teams do possess more in the way of quality in their squad than Southgate's side. Nevertheless, this is one of the best England sides we have seen in recent years and there's every chance that they can go deep into what looks set to be an exciting and unpredictable tournament. For more information on the 2024 European Championships, visit the official UEFA Euro 2024 page.




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