UEFA EURO 2020 Group D: Futures, Odds, Predictions, Picks & Preview
ODDS TO WIN GROUP D
England -270 – Opening Game vs. Croatia | June 13 – 9:00 a.m. ET
Croatia +380 – Opening Game vs. England | June 13 – 9:00 a.m. ET
Czech Republic +1100 – Opening Game vs. Scotland | June 14 – 9:00 a.m. ET
Scotland +1200 – Opening Game vs. Czech Republic | June 14 – 9:00 a.m. ET
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UEFA EURO 2020 Group D Analysis and Picks
Tournament favorites and perennial underachievers, England, marches into the proceedings with a squad that looks like the real deal on paper. Spurs talisman Harry Kane won the golden boot in the EPL this season, scoring 23 goals. By no means are the English a one-dimensional attack, though. Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Villas Jack Grealish, Manchester City’s dynamic upstart Phil Foden and teammate Raheem Sterling with United’s Marcus Rashford offer attacking options that are arguably unmatched in world football.
The three lions are also blessed in attacking options from modern attacking wing-backs in Manchester City’s Kyle Walker and United’s Luke Shaw on the opposite flank. Even with the recent injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold, the England backline is brimming with talent. With experienced midfield anchored in Jordan Henderson and a spritely Mason Mount, England seems poised to make serious noise in this group. With all three group games scheduled to take place at the Mecca of British football, Wembley stadium.
It was only three years ago when underdogs Croatia broke English hearts in the World cup semi-final in extra time defensive sloppiness. Madrid’s Luka Modric and Internazionale’s Ivan Perisic are in the squad again this term. They will be keen on breaching England’s lines once again in their opener in London. Picking out the intricate runs through the middle by Modric will be no easy task for any team in this group. The world cup finalists will be keen to resume where they left off in qualifying, where they topped a group with Wales, Slovakia, and Hungary suffering only one loss in eight.
Czech Republic (+1100)
Having fond memories of Euros played in England, the Czechs will be hungry to duplicate happy memories at Wembley, where they finished as runners-up in the 1996 affair. West Ham United Thomas Soucek is the chief threat of a relatively young and unproven Czech side. His ten premier league goals for the Hammers represent his best EPL campaign to date, and he will be hoping to duplicate that form this summer.
For the ever hopeful Scotland, hope springs eternal. As was the case in 1996, Scottish fans will not be permitted to play their bagpipes at Wembley. The FA in 1996 famously outlawed bagpipes at Wembley as “weapons.” They are banned again now as Covid threats, so the infamous Tartan army will again be without their favorite noisemakers. The 2-0 defeat that day has left a bitter taste in the mouths of Scotland that has been resonating for a quarter-century.
Rangers player Paul Gascoigne that day broke the hearts of Scotland with individual flashes of brilliance. But two Scots who ply their trade in England have the chance to exact revenge against the hated English. Liverpool’s Andy Robertson has been one of the most effective attacking left-backs in the game and has even been compared to Roberto Carlos. Manchester united’s Scott Mctominay has also been an excellent addition in midfield for the Red Devils this campaign. For Scotland, the day of revenge may be forthcoming, but also realize the rest of the group won’t be in any mood for recompense.
The Pick: Croatia +380: Croatia is not much different than the team that went all the way to the world cup final just three years ago. England’s home field advantage can quickly turn to the home field curse as the rabid English media are ready to pounce on the painfully slow to start English squad.