Can England Live Up To Their Massive Team Total At EURO 2020?
England Total Tournament Goals
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England Tournament Analysis
With a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semifinals with Croatia and a matchup with rivals Scotland within the group stage, the group stage will hold a bit more meaning than just qualifying for the knockout stage for England at EURO 2020. A solid draw in Group D for Gareth Southgate’s side sees them as solid favorites to win the group and overwhelming favorites to make it out of the group alongside the Croatians. The Three Lions will also be playing every group match at home in Wembley Stadium in front of some of the most lively fans in world football.
England is a top side at this year’s competition with the second shortest odds to hoist the trophy at +500, only trailing World Cup holders France, per the FanDuel Sportsbook. Southgate typically sets them up in a 4-3-3, a formation that seems to suit the squad’s strengths in the midfield and attack. The system revolves around world-class striker Harry Kane. He has been and still will be looked to as a through-and-through goal scorer, but his passing ability has been emphasized during his last season at Tottenham and will likely be utilized in Southgate’s tactics. To do so, he will often drop deep to receive the ball from the midfield and turn to pick out passes towards the nation’s plethora of talented wingers. Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and even midfielder Jack Grealish will likely receive winger minutes around the striker and are all capable of cutting inside to be the beneficiaries of Kane’s playmaking.
The worries with this year’s England squad come with the backline and between the posts. Three right-backs to choose from doesn’t make it easy on Southgate, and neither does an ankle injury to starting center-back Harry Maguire. With his availability in question, a thin center-back group becomes even more starved as Tyrone Mings will likely take his place with only ten senior team caps to his name. John Stones should give some stability at the position, but the job of defensive midfielder Declan Rice to fill the gaps in the back four suddenly becomes an even bigger one. Jordan Pickford will likely start at goalkeeper due to his ability to spray the ball effectively with his distribution, but his form at Everton over the past two seasons has been iffy and won’t give the defense much of a boost unless he shows out the way he did at the 2018 World Cup.
England still remains a serious contender sheerly due to the overabundance of talent both in midfield and in the attack. No matter who is in, goals will be plenty and may be necessary if they struggle to keep opponents under control on the other end. With team totals, that may play into the favor of an over. FanDuel sees England as a solid favorite to reach the quarterfinals at -220, which would give them at least five games to get over that 10.5 number at plus money. Ride with them at that total as a trip to the semifinals will ensure the nation seven games at this competition.
The Bet: Over 10.5 (+115)