UEFA EURO 2020 Group F: Futures, Odds, Predictions, Picks & Preview
ODDS TO WIN GROUP F
Germany +125 – Opening Game vs. France | June 15 – 3:00 p.m. ET
France +160 – Opening Game vs. Germany | June 15 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Portugal +290 – Opening Game vs. Hungary | June 15 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Hungary +2900 – Opening Game vs. Portugal | June 15 – 12:00 p.m. ET
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UEFA EURO 2020 Group F Analysis and Picks
The three-time Euro champions come into the tournament again with ambition. The German’s even appear to be showing their hand as to the battle plans they have drawn up. This German team is built more like a fortress with possibly the world’s best keeper in Munich’s Manuel Neuer. A big tell on the type of football the Germans are planning is that they bring only two forwards to the tournament!
In contrast, the French and Portuguese have eight each in tow. Timo Werner of Chelsea looks to be used as a lone frontman while the Germans monopolize the midfield with world-beaters like Madrid’s Toni Kroos and Bayern’s duo Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry, to name just two. The apparent lack of out and out forwards shouldn’t trouble German minds, though, with attacking genius coming from midfield as well as wing-backs and set pieces.
This German team will be very difficult to unravel with ownership plans of European midfielders and an excellent defending back four. Though, they will undoubtedly be tested by some of the best attacking talents in Europe as the German machine looks primed for another run to the title.
France gets the rare opportunity for footballing revenge. Who can forget the miraculous performance by Portuguese and Wolves keeper Rui Praticio as he turned away 18 shots to keep the clean sheet in the final?
The stunned Stade De France hasn’t forgotten, and neither has the world champion French. The French also arrive at the tournament full of rightful confidence as the current world champs. All eyes are on young phenom PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, who had 27 goals in 31 appearances for the French giants. Keys to French success will be in getting this man the ball as often as possible.
Chelsea’s Ngolo Kante is part of a tremendous French midfield and can hold up the ball and distribute it to streaking forwards like the lightning-quick Mbappe or Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele. He will undoubtedly be paired with the often temperamental Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who has shown electric skills at times this season. Les Blues will be hoping he’s in the mood this summer as well.
Portugal is seeking to become only the third team to win the European championships back to back. The defending champions return to the tournament with many familiar faces in tow and are led by the iconic Cristiano Ronaldo. Even at 36 years old, the superstar still poses threats on and off the ball with minimal signs of slowing down.
Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has had an outstanding season in England, and the Portuguese are again defensively sound. Ruben Dias of Manchester City, who was controversially named EPL player of the season, will have naysayers to disprove. Statistically not in the top 70 players in the EPL, he really does have some proving to do. Politics aside, this Portugal squad is every bit as dangerous as the triumphant team five years ago, but they will have very stern tests from the usual French and German juggernauts.
Hungary, who limped through qualifications in a playoff win over Iceland, receives the grim prize of facing Germany, Portugal, and France. In the past 10 euros, these three have combined for five championships and nine finalists. The only good news for the Hungarians is that they will play two of their three group stage games in Budapest.
Manager and ex-Italian international defender Marco Rossi will undoubtedly have a very defensive approach to Hungary’s matches. Despite being home for two of them, they will remain heavy underdogs. The Portuguese, French, and Germans will be hungry to fill Hungary’s goal. With goal difference being a critical factor in determining who escapes this punishing group, the incoming giants of world football will show little mercy.
The Pick: Germany +125: Playing all three group games in the Allianz Arena will be a decided advantage for the Germans. There is also the rather inconvenient truth that they are nearly impossible to score on without outrageous acts of brilliance. Were looking at you, Ronaldo.