The European Championships, scheduled to be in 2020, has moved and will now take place in the summer of 2021.
The coronavirus outbreak was always going to make this a tough tournament to complete, with multiple countries hosting games and a lot of travelling involved for players, staff and fans.
What fans can look forward to though is the new date for the tournament in 2021. This was announced by Fifa straight away, we won’t be missing a tournament, we will have the same games but just one year later.
Will that affect betting on the tournament, will the delay give teams an advantage? Here we take a look at who the bookmakers see as front runners for Euro 2021.
England Favourites with Most Bookmakers
After an impressive run in the World Cup of 2018, reaching the semi-finals before defeat to Croatia, England have the hopes of a nation on their shoulder.
This young team is expected to go close in 2021, and the additional year for Gareth Southgate’s youngster to grow certainly won’t hurt them.
Many bookmakers make England the slight favourites to win the tournament and while the prospect of an English success may feel a little alien for those supporting them, their chances are clear and obvious to see.
Gareth Southgate has a batch of youngsters who have arrived on the scene together and look a strong unit. They play for each other, have a strong system and with match winners such as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, there is a plenty be positive about.
We have over 12 months to wait until the tournament takes place, but at this stage, England are the 9/2 favourites.
French Fancied to Double Up after World Cup Win
France have been towards the top of world football for the past few years. A loss in the final of Euro 2016 on home soil hit them hard, but a win in Russia at the 2018 World Cup made up for it.
Three years later they will go around Europe trying to win the Euro 2021 title to go with their World Cup. There will be plenty of interest from football punters in France, they are the team that has been there and done it in recent years.
You can back France at 11/2, which will appeal to plenty right now. There are many betting offers available on thebookiesoffers.co.uk that can be used by those wishing to place a bet on the Euro 2021 Championship next summer.
Many saw the French as being close to their peak two years ago, and the additional year wait until Euro 2021 may not be in their favour.
Could Belgium Finally Deliver?
Many in the footballing world have been claiming that it is Belgium’s year ahead of the last two tournaments we have played. They are likely to do the same again ahead of Euro 2021.
A rich talent pool came together at just the right time to elevate Belgian football into the world’s elite, but despite that, they have yet to see a trophy for their efforts.
With multiple talents, there is no doubting the ability in this squad and they are certainly a team that will scare many others.
However, on the big stage when they have needed to perform, they simply haven’t. The bookmakers put them at 5/1 generally, which is right in the middle of England and France.
There will be those out there who do fancy them, but it is more likely people will prefer France at a similar price.