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Betting on Euro 20 – The Markets Explained

The UEFA Euro Championship 20 is finally about to take place. Starting one year late on June 11, Euro 20 will bring the continent’s top teams together for a few weeks of football action. Across the group and knockout stages there are plenty of opportunities to bet, so keep reading to learn how you can make the most of them.

Euro 20 Betting Markets

In general terms, there are two types of betting markets on Euro 20, outrights and game bets. The outright markets are on the tournament as a whole, while the game bets are on the individual markets, and there are plenty of each kind.

Euro 20 Outright Betting Markets

Euro 20 Tournament Winner Betting

This is the most basic bet you can place, a bet on which team will win the tournament. There are a number of talented teams taking part and when you look at the odds, you will see that not much separates them. As a general rule, the further in advance you place this bet, the better the odds will be. Furthermore, there is no reason why you can’t back multiple teams, giving you a number of chances to win even if one of your chosen teams is knocked out early.

Euro 20 Group Winner Betting

There are six groups of four teams each in the first stage of the competition, and each of these groups will have a winner and runner up that progress to the knockout stages. It is a great way of backing some of the weaker teams, as they still may have a good chance of winning their group. Furthermore, with six groups, you have at least six opportunities to place wining bets.

At Sports we also offer Group Parlays. These markets combine two teams, both of which must win their group for you to win the bet. For example, you could bet on England and Spain to win their groups (groups D and E respectively). As this is harder to predict, the markets often have longer odds, so if you get it right, you could land yourself a big win.

Euro 20 Group Qualifying Betting

If you want to build a little leeway into your bets then these markets are ideal. Rather than predicting which team will win the group, you are just betting on which will qualify. It can be a truly useful market. For instance, if you think that there are two excellent teams in a group and you are not sure which will come out on top, then this market gives you the chance to win without having to worry about it.

Euro 20 Elimination Stage Betting

This market allows you to bet on at what stage of the tournament a team will be eliminated. For example, you could bet on England to reach the Round of 16, Quarterfinal, Semi-Final, to Lose the Final, to Win the tournament, or not to make it past the Group Stage. It means that you have far more options that just backing a team to win the tournament, and offers some fun opportunities.

Euro 20 Finalist Betting

This is similar to the previous markets, but instead you are just betting on a team to reach the final. Once again, you can back as many teams as you wish, giving yourself multiple chances to win, which means that it is an excellent market to use when building your betting strategy.

Euro 20 Outright Prop Bets

Prop bets allow you to bet on aspects of the tournament other than which teams will win or lose. For example, you can bet on which player will be the top goal scorer throughout the tournament. It means that you have reason to be interested in every single game, as you need to keep track of who is scoring goals. Of course, it makes sense to back a player who plays for a team that is likely to reach the later stages of the tournament, and once again, you can back a number of players.

Euro 20 Game Betting Markets

There are a vast number of betting markets available on every game in Euro 20, more than 100 of them per game. This means that you can bet on almost every aspect of a match. If you want an in-depth explanation of the different types of match betting markets then we recommend that you take a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Football Betting. Here we will just take you through some of the most popular Euro 20 betting markets and give you a few tips on what you should consider.

Double Chance and Draw no Bet

While you can of course bet on which team will win a match, you can give yourself a bit of space with the Double Chance market. Furthermore, it is a way of taking a risk on the underdogs while still giving yourself a chance of winning. It essentially allows you to back two of the three possible outcomes of a match, Team A to win or a draw, Team B to win or a draw, or Team A or Team B to win. It is also a useful market in the case of matches between very evenly matched teams.

The Draw No Bet market also covers multiple outcomes, but in a different way. The market gives you reduced odds for a specific team to win, but if the game ends in a draw then your bet is refunded. For instance, if you think England have a good chance of winning a game but a draw may also happen then placing this bet removes the risk of losing your money in the case of a draw while still giving you the chance of winning if England win.

Asian Handicap

This market has a similar effect to the Double Chance market, but it works in a completely different way. It gives you the chance to bet on a strong favourite, but you will only win the bet if they overcome a goal handicap. This means that betting on games that appear to have an obvious outcome becomes far more exciting as you need the team to do more than simply win. You can also bet the other way round and bet on the underdog. Then you will win your bet as long as they do not lose by more goals than specified by the handicap.

Goals Over/Under

This is a straightforward market; you are simply betting on whether there will be more or less than the given number of goals in a match. However, there are a couple of things that you need to consider. Firstly, look at the style of play of the two teams. Are they attacking teams or defensive, and how do their styles complement each other? Second, and this is particularly true in the group stage, you need to consider what is at stake for the teams. If one of the teams just needs a draw to qualify to the next round then they will play very differently than if they needed a big win. Remember, some teams are likely to qualify based upon goal difference, which can make this hugely important.

Specials Markets

These markets are a lot of fun and present you with a huge range of opportunities. For instance, you could back a team to Win From Behind if you feel that they are slow starters who tend to be more aggressive in the second half of matches. Conversely, you could use the To Win Either Half market to back a team that you think starts strong but ends poorly. If you think a game is going to contain lots of goals then you could use the Both Teams to Score, or even Both Teams to Score in Both Halves.

If you are looking for a way to make betting on the match winner more interesting then there are markets that combine it with goal totals. For example, you could back England to Win and for the game to have more than 2.5 goals. There are also markets that allow you to bet on the exact score, but without having to pick one score line. For example, you can bet on the score being 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0.

For a bit of fun you can even bet on whether there will be an Own Goal in the match. Don’t neglect the specials. When building your betting strategy for a match they will often give you a different way of covering things and could certainly help you win.

Euro 20 Betting Stats

Statistics are always important when building a betting strategy, so here are some worth considering that relate to Euro 20:

  • Only one country has ever defended the Euro title, Spain in 2012.
  • Since the Euros were first held in 1960, there have been an average of 2.4 goals per game. However, in the last five tournaments this has increased to 2.5 goals per game.
  • France holds the record for the most goals scored in a tournament from when they scored 14 goals on their way to winning the title in 1984.
  • The top scorer in the tournament scores an average of 4 goals. The current record is help by Michel Platini who scored 9 in 1984. However, Cristiano Ronaldo equalled this record.
  • Since 1988, the eventual winner of the tournament has topped its group just three times in eight tournaments.
  • The last Euro competition in 2016 saw the most goals scored in a single tournament with 108.
  • England is the team to have taken part in the tournament the most times without winning it, nine.
  • Portugal is the only country to have always progressed from the Group Stage.

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