Euro 2020 kicks off this weekend with nearly 10 matches on the slate, albeit a year late, after the European Championships were delayed 12 months by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time ever, the tournament is being held on a “pan continent” basis, with major cities in 11 nations serving as hosts. With an expansive sports betting menu, Colorado sportsbooks are offering customers a bevy of creative props on the month-long tournament. For instance, one prop at BetMGM allows customers to wager on whether a player will score a goal with a direct shot (7/1) from his own half during the course of the tournament.
In 2012, former U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Tim Howard scored from 100 yards out on a windy evening in London. This winter, Newport County keeper Tom King outdid Howard when he set a FIFA record for the longest goal ever. King scored on a goal kick that traveled more than 96 meters (104.99 yards) against Cheltenham in an English League Two match.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) January 21, 2021
The tournament concludes July 11 with the final at Wembley Stadium in London.
Fade the French?
Defending World Cup champion France is favored to win Euro 2020 at FanDuel, with odds of +470. The French are followed by England (+550), Belgium (+650), Italy (+750), Spain (+750), and Germany (+800). Led by striker Harry Kane and midfielder Phil Foden, England will have the luxury of playing the semifinals and finals at Wembley if the nation makes it past the quarterfinals stage. Kane is favored at FanDuel to finish as the tournament’s top goal scorer, with odds of 6/1.
France, however, arguably has the tournament’s most potent attack. Striker Kylian Mbappe is the third choice on the goal scorer market at +850, while teammates Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud rank in the Top 15 at 20/1 and 34/1, respectively. France also has odds of +650 to finish with the most goals as a nation, just behind England, Spain, and Belgium.
“The sportsbook is seeing really strong interest from bettors for the Euro 2020. 7 teams are listed at +700 or better odds & are among the most bet to win … France is the betting favorite and has received the most handle & is BetMGM’s biggest liability.” – Darren Darby, @BetMGM pic.twitter.com/wYRL2MbA0p
— BetQL (@betqlapp) June 9, 2021
In addition, at PointsBet there are odds of +800 on Mbappe to be named as the top player of the tournament, the lowest of any player on the board. Other top choices at PointsBet include: Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (+900), Kane (+1200), Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (+1600), and Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku (+1600).
The French face a fairly challenging draw in Group F with matches against Germany, Portugal, and Hungary. FanDuel lists Germany (+125) as the favorite to win the group, slightly ahead of France (+160) and defending Euro champion Portugal (+300). Wins over Germany and Portugal in the group stage could set France up for a favorable draw in the elimination round.
A whopping 24% of all bets at DraftKings feature tickets on France to win the tournament. Bettors have backed Belgium at a high rate, on 15% of all tickets and 12% of the overall handle. The public has also shown some interest in several longshots, with the Netherlands (15/1), Denmark (25/1), and Croatia (40/1) receiving slight action on the futures market.
Odds on France to reach various stages of Euro 2020
- To finish second — +800
- A berth in the semifinals — +130
- A berth in the quarterfinals — -170
- Eliminated in the semifinals — +500
- Eliminated in the quarterfinals — +380
- Eliminated in the Round of 16 — +190
Other creative props
Colorado regulators have distinguished the state from other jurisdictions with the Division of Gaming’s willingness to accept creative wagers that others may not allow. A litany of bets offered on Euro 2020 could whet the appetite of Coloradans.
Intriguing props allowed in the Colorado sports wagering catalog
- Total Tournament Goals (per nation)
- Any Player to Score In Every Team Match
- Total Red and Yellow Cards (per match, per tournament)
- Total Corner Kicks
- Total 0-0 Draws
- Will a Team Participate in a Penalty Kick Shootout?
England has a history of bowing out in major competitions in penalty kicks. Over the last four decades, England has taken part in eight shootouts in major international tournaments, recording only two victories during the span. England has a 1-3 record in European Championship shootouts, suffering defeats against Germany in 1996, Portugal in 2004, and Italy in 2012.
A prop that asks bettors if England will be involved in a shootout during the tournament will pay odds of +140 at BetMGM.