The clock is ticking down and in June and July the European Championships will take place. English clubs have excelled in the European club competitions, can they do the same at Euro 2020? Of course, those top Premier League clubs are dominated by overseas players so don't read too much into their achievements. England do have a strong squad though, so let's look at the bets that can be made on them in the weeks ahead.
England Finally to be European Champions?
England will be looking to create some history this summer. They may have been World Cup winners 55 years ago, but they have never even made it to a European Championship final. Their best performances has been semi-finals in 1968 and 1996. That latter appearance was on home soil and the latter stages of this tournament will be at Wembley.
The English side often promise a great deal but then just don't deliver. There have been signs of that changing though with World Cup and Nations League semi-final appearances in 2018 and 2019. They are a side that is extremely strong up front with Harry Kane always a threat. He's not just a great scorer of goals, Kane has been making plenty of assists this season. He can be relied on to create chances for players such as Raheem Sterling.
England have a youthful team but also one that has plenty of experience of playing in these tournaments. Midfield is packed with talent and potential scorers. Their defence isn't always the best around but former England defender and now coach Gareth Southgate is on hand to give advice. Nick Pope may well be their goalkeeper for this tournament and he can be relied on to make some great saves.
With home advantage for the majority of their games and not too hard a draw, a bet on England to become European champions for the first time could well produce a profit.
Kane to be Top Goal Scorer?
Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup. Three years on, he has the chance to do the same in the European Championships. There's a lot of transfer talk around the English striker at present, hopefully he can put that to the back of his mind in June and July. Mind you, a good championships would add a few million to any transfer fee.
Kane has scored 34 goals for England and is likely to beat the record of 53 set by Wayne Rooney. The Tottenham striker has reached that total in 53 games, it took Rooney 120 to score his 53 international goals. He has been in good form this season with 31 goals at the time of writing this article (May 7).
2020 wasn't a great year in international football for Harry Kane with no goals in six games. However, he's back in form now and has two goals in two matches this year. England will be hoping he can find the form that saw him score 12 goals in 10 England internationals two years ago.
Kane has recovered from a recent injury, hopefully there won't be any other problems in the months ahead. England are likely to go deep in this tournament, perhaps even win it. The more games, the more opportunities for Kane to get on the scoresheet. A bet on him being the top scorer is a good one to make. You can also bet on him to be the top England goalscorer.
England to Win Group D
England have been drawn in Group D alongside Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic. All their games are being played at Wembley Stadium, so that will give the English side an advantage. They will be familiar with all of their opponents, especially Scotland.
The Czech Republic will not need to remind English fans that they beat them in the Euro 2020 (EK 2021) qualifiers. That was on home soil though and the reverse fixture was won 5-0 by England.
Croatia knocked England out of the 2018 World Cup but haven't done so well since then. England just keep on drawing them and got the upperhand on Croatia in the 2018/19 Nations League. The two sides drew 0-0 in Croatia and then England got a vital 2-1 win at Wembley to qualify for the semi-finals. England face them in their opening group match. It won't be easy but they should be able to get off to a winning start.
England v Scotland is the stand-out match in this group. It used to be a yearly match in the Home Internationals but that event doesn't take place any longer and that's a shame. Scotland had to go through the play-offs to reach these finals with both their wins coming via penalty shoot-outs. Their fans would give anything to see Scotland get a win over England. They've improved but if they can't win in 90 minutes against Israel and Serbia, why should they be able to beat England?
A bet on England winning the group is a good one to make. Why not try for a treble on them to win each of their three qualifiers, that'd be a profitable one.
Go Each Way on Sterling
Raheem Sterling has a big couple of months ahead of him. He's part of the Manchester City team that could have three major trophy wins this season, two at least. Sterling has also had success with England and has 10 goals in his last 14 internationals. He doesn't always get into the City first team, so will be relatively fresh for these championships.
Each-way betting is available on the top goalscorer market. Therefore, even if Sterling has a successful championships but others score more than him, you can still be on a winner. He's likely to regularly feature in Gareth Southgate's side so an each-way bet on him is a good one to make.
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