With less than 10 days left until the start of the 16th edition of the European Championship, and following the Betarena special on the competition, let’s introduce the members of Group D. This group has one of the main favorites for the title: England – a team that has never won the tournament. Besides England, also Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland belong to this group.
Due to the evenness between Czechs and Scots, compared to the favoritism of the English and Croats, there are good chances of this group having only two of them classified for the round of 16. Therefore, the most likely scenario is a balanced classification for the two main teams in the group. Meanwhile, the other two members reach for a score, which so far, is unlikely.
With the final at home, England is a top favorite
England stands out as a favorite for the current edition of the Euro Cup, rarely seen in the history of the team.
With the tournament set for London’s Wembley Stadium, England is emerging as one of the big candidates for the trophy. The national team has never even reached a tournament final, with the best campaign in history being the 1996 semifinal, when they also played at home.
Gareth Southgate’s team has odds at Bet365 at 6.00 to win the title. According to the bookmaker, only the French have greater favoritism. Much of this is also due to the good campaign in the Euro qualifiers, for example, when England finished first in Group A. In addition, England had the best average of goals scored, with 4.62 goals scored per game.
Croatia should have no trouble moving forward
The other main favorite team to reach the round of 16, through Group D, is Croatia. The current world cup runner-up aspires to reach the top four in the European tournament. After all, the Croatians’ two best campaigns were in 1996 and 2008, when the team reached the quarterfinals. Now, to advance, at least, until the knockout, the odds are at 1.30, according to Bet365, which is a good indication of favoritism.
The Croatian national team had one of the most difficult groups in the Euro qualifiers. The team’s key in the qualifier is the only one that will have four representatives in this Euro Cup. Even so, Croatia was ahead of Wales, Slovakia and Hungary, and won the classification without much fright. Without the same strength of the 2018 World Cup, the tendency is that the team won’t go so far in the tournament, but still, it should give its rivals some work.
Czech Republic tries to surprise and advance to the knockout stage
Czech Republic knows that it will have a lot of difficulties in this Euro Cup. However, this should not diminish the momentum of the team, which will try to surprise and advance to the knockout even in a complicated group. Currently, the odds for the Czechs to reach the round of 16 are 1.80, according to Bet365, which indicates that the mission will not be easy, however, it won’t impossible.
Two factors can excite the fans. The first is that the Czech Republic’s classification for the tournament came from the same group as England, the key rival in this Euro Cup. In the qualifier, the Czechs beat the English once, by 2×1. In addition, for the most superstitious, the only time that the team reached a final of the competition was precisely at Wembley, the seat of this year’s decision, in the 1996 edition. On that occasion, the team was runner-up.
Scotland tries unprecedented achievement in Euro Cups
The Scottish national team arrives for its third participation in the history of European Championship. The main goal of the team led by Steve Clarke is to reach the knockout stage for the first time. In their previous participations, the team did not pass the group stage. However, they are the least rated of the group to accomplish this achievement. The odds for a selection of this team are 2.10, at Bet365.
The team even struggled to qualify for the competition. The spot was won only in the playoff, after beating Israel and Serbia, both times, in the penalty shootout. With this recent record, it is difficult to imagine that the Scots will achieve the classification, but the team should make it difficult for rivals in the duels of this first phase.
The first round of Group D will consist of a duel between favorites England and Croatia in London, while Czech Republic and Scotland face each other in Glasgow. The first match will be played on Sunday, June 13, while the second, will be held the next day. Soon the predictions for the first games of the competition will be made available here at Betarena.