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Euro 2020 betting guide: Kane and Benzema top scorers, Lukaku player of tournament, France winners – tips, predictions

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EURO 2020 gets underway in under a week’s time – and the excitement is building across the continent.

Wembley will host both the semis and final next month, with the first game on June 11 as Italy take on Turkey in Rome.

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Euro 2020 kicks off on June 11 in Rome[/caption]

With England, Wales and Scotland making it from the Home Nations, there’s a whole host of betting opportunities – and SunSport are on hand to find you the best.

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Group F hasn’t been christened this tournament’s Group of Death for nothing.

The reigning world champions, reigning Euro champions and 2014 World Cup winners all in together.

And let’s not forget Hungary either, who must be cursing their luck.

Germany, France and Portugal are all set to battle it out in what could be a terrific group stage, with Joachim Low’s Germans facing the French in the opener.

We’re all about value with our ante-post selections and we’re confident Deschamps side go far in this year’s tournament.

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Deschamps’ side won the World Cup in 2018 and are one of the favourites this summer[/caption]

Winning this group will likely evade England in the knockouts – and that will be a major incentive to win all three games and get on the right side of the draw.

Germany are a team in transition and not the force they once were, with Low’s reign coming to an end following the tournament.

Portugal meanwhile are relying on a 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo to drag them through.

But even CR7 isn’t a miracle worker and by far the most complete squad in the group is France.

Get them at a huge 13/10 to win Group F – a price to grab before it’s gone.

Tournament winners

Unlike five years ago at Euro 2016, there’s been no big casualties in the qualifying stages.

With all the big guns intact, expect this to be a tournament that grabs you by the throat and keeps you stuck to the sofa.

It’s tough to split the top five in the market, with France, England, Belgium, Germany and Spain the front runners.

And that’s before we even get onto Portugal, Italy and Holland.

We’re not going to deter you from a patriotic punt on England (5/1), with the Three Lions – for the most part – playing on home soil throughout.

This could prove a huge advantage as Wembley is such a fortress for Southgate‘s side, with just two defeats there since 2014.

But we feel this youthful England side is a couple of years too early to end all those years of hurt – and therefore our pick for overall winner are reigning world champions France (9/2).

The overall depth of their squad if phenomenal, with a spine of world-class players all peaking at the right time.

They are there to be shot at as the world champs, but Didier Deschamps has a wealth of talent at his disposal and has the added bonus of bringing back Karim Benzema from the cold.

Ante-post they’re a terrific price at 5/1, mainly due to having Germany and Portugal in a tricky group.

That price plummets if and when they beat a young German side in transition in their first match – so don’t miss out.

Top goalscorer

There’s a clear front-runner in the market here – and Harry Kane deserves to be.

The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner was the top scorer in this season’s Premier League with 23 goals.

In international competition, a tie in the goalscorer standings are decided by the amount of assists a player has.

And that’s why Kane is such a good bet even at a paltry looking 5/1 – he’s a playmaker as well as a marksman, bagging the most assists in the Prem this campaign.

If you’re looking for longer value, France’s returning veteran Benzema is a terrific bet at 16/1.

Back on the international scene for the first time in five years, the Madrid forward finished second to Messi in the LaLiga scoring charts this season.

France are sure to go far and Benzema will line-up alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. Terrifying.

For Madrid this term, he’s scored two or more on seven occasions and despite his advancing age continues to dominate defences.

Player of the tournament

Is this tournament finally the time for Belgium to fulfill their potential?

Beaten semi-finalists in the World Cup three years ago, the Red Devils have the market leader for player of the tournament in their ranks.

Value is the name of the game and we expect Belgium to cruise through the group stages with only Russia, Finland and Denmark in their way.

And they will look to former Man Utd and Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku for goals.

The 28-year-old striker has been a revelation for Inter Milan since heading to Italy, netting over 60 times in two seasons.

At a whopping 20/1, he’s a real value bet in this market.

Belgium scored 40 in just ten qualifying matches in the run-up to this tournament, including putting four past Russia in November.

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Lukaku has been in sensational form and can take that into Euro 2020[/caption]

Lukaku netted seven goals altogether in those 10 matches, as well as laying on three assists.

In the form he’s been in domestically and for his country this term, 33/1 is a price we’re taking all day long.

Highest scoring team

There’s attacking talent all over the pitch for Belgium and we’re more than happy for you to have a play on them to be the highest scoring team at 5/1.

But we’re going to be siding with France again here.

Their attacking options are phenomenal and 11/2 on them being top scorers looks long – especially as we’re backing them to go all the way to the final and lift the trophy.

Deschamps men plundered 25 goals in 10 qualifying games, taking their foot off the gas in the later rounds.

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France are blessed with a frightening array of attacking talent[/caption]

With Giroud, Benzema, Coman, Lemar, Dembele, Ben Yedder, Griezmann and Mbappe all vying for spots, there’s goals galore in this team.

Go with head over heart and choose them over England to be top scorers this summer. No brainer.

To reach semi-finals

So, who does a Wales this time round?

It was a valiant run to the last-four by the Welsh five years ago in France, with Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal against Belgium one of the standout moments of a terrific summer.

You can get 12/1 on the Dragons repeating the trick this time round, but we’re not overly convinced despite Gareth Bale’s recent upturn in form.

As a viable outsider – but still at a good price – we reckon Denmark could be the surprise side of the summer.

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Kasper Schmeichel’s Denmark side could be a good bet to go far this summer[/caption]

The Danes look a real team under Kasper Hjulmand, beating England at Wembley in the last year and staying in Group A of the Nations League.

Alongside Belgium, Russia and Finland in Group B, they have a terrific change of getting through to the knockouts.

And they will have a big advantage in those games, playing in front of a home crowd in Copenhagen.

The way the group system falls, Denmark could finish second and come up against Wales in the last-16.

Their route to the quarter-finals doesn’t look as tough as some, making them the value tip of the tournament to squeeze their way into the last-four.

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England release passionate message pleading with fans not to boo when players take knee before Euro 2020 Croatia clash

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THE FA have delivered a final plea for England fans to support the Three Lions by not booing when they take the knee against Croatia.

Harry Kane will lead his side in kneeling to make a stand against racism while Croatia will remain standing at Wembley for the Euro 2020 opener.

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FA delivered a final plea for England fans to support the Three Lions by not booing when they take the knee[/caption]

And the FA have attempted to explain in detail to those against the stance just why it is being taken – urging them to show respect by staying quiet.

The statement said: “Today our England senior men’s team will begin their EURO 2020 campaign at our home, Wembley Stadium.

“Major tournaments don’t come around often and when they do, it’s an opportunity to unite friends, families and the country.

“This collective support is what spurs our team on during challenging moments and it gives them the best chance of succeeding.

“As the team has reiterated many times, they will collectively take the knee ahead of their fixtures during the tournament.

“They are doing this as a mechanism of peacefully protesting against discrimination, injustice and inequality.

“This is personally important to the players and the values the team collectively represents.

“This gesture of unity and fighting against inequality can be traced back as far as the 18th century.

“It is not new, and English football has made it very clear that it does not view this as being aligned to a political organisation or ideology.

“There can be no doubt as to why the players are taking the knee and what it represents in a footballing context.

“We encourage those that oppose this action to reflect on the message you are sending to the players you are supporting.

“Please respect their wishes and remember that we should all be united in the fight to tackle discrimination. Together.

“They will do their best for you. Please do your best for them.”

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Euro 2020 LIVE: Cancelo OUT of Euros with positive Covid test, England vs Croatia build-up, Mourinho praises Bellingham

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EURO 2020 is finally here!

Italy and Turkey got the party started in Rome, where the Azzurri were sublime as they cruised to a 3-0 win.

Wales are in action today against Switzerland, while England are preparing for a tough opening fixture against Croatia on Sunday.

Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

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Austria vs North Macedonia: Live stream FREE, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Euro 2020 match

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NORTH MACEDONIA are making their Euro 2020 debut with a match against Austria.

The former Yugoslav nation reached their first ever international tournament with a 1-0 win in the Nations League D final last year.

Veteran Goran Pandev scored the crucial goal on that evening in Tbilisi as the Macedonians overcame Georgia.

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Goran Pandev netted the crucial goal as North Macedonia qualified for their first international tournament[/caption]

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David Alaba will be crucial to Austria’s hopes[/caption]

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Austria made it to Euro 2020 by finishing second to Poland in the same qualifying group as North Macedonia.

During the teams’ two games in qualifying the Austrians were 4-1 winners away in Skopje and 2-1 winners in Vienna.

What time does Austria vs North Macedonia kick off?

  • Austria vs North Macedonia takes place on Sunday, June 13.
  • The match kicks off at 5pm UK time.
  • That’s 6pm in Austria and North Macedonia.
  • It will take place at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.

What TV channel is Austria vs North Macedonia on and can I live stream it?

  • Austria vs North Macedonia is live on ITV1.
  • To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.
  • ORF will be showing Euro 2020 in Austria while Sport Klub is the broadcaster in North Macedonia.

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Team news

Get all the Austria and North Macedonia team news here.

Austria squad

  • Daniel Bachmann (GK)
  • Pavao Pervan (GK)
  • Alexander Schlager (GK)
  • David Alaba  
  • Aleksandar Dragovic
  • Marco Friedl
  • Martin Hinteregger  
  • Stefan Lainer 
  • Philipp Lienhart 
  • Stefan Posch 
  • Christopher Trimmel 
  • Andreas Ulmer
  • Julian Baumgartlinger
  • Christoph Baumgartner 
  • Florian Grillitsch
  • Stefan Ilsanker 
  • Konrad Laimer
  • Valentino Lazaro
  • Marcel Sabitzer
  • Luis Schaub  
  • Xaver Schlager 
  • Alessandro Schopf
  • Marko Arnautovic 
  • Michael Gregoritsch 
  • Sasa Kalajdzic
  • Karim Onisiwo

North Macedonia squad

  • Stole Dimitrievski (GK)
  • Damjan Shishkovski (GK)
  • Riste Jankov (GK)
  • Stefan Ristovski
  • Visar Musliu
  • Egzon Bejtulai
  • Kire Ristevski
  • Gjoko Zajkov
  • Darko Velkovski
  • Ezgjan Alioski
  • Arijan Ademi
  • Enis Bardhi
  • Stefan Spirovski
  • Boban Nikolov
  • Tihomir Kostadinov
  • Ferhan Hasani
  • Eljif Elmaz
  • Daniel Avramovski
  • Darko Churlinov
  • Marjan Radeski
  • Goran Pandev
  • Aleksandar Trajkovski
  • Ivan Trichkovski
  • Vlatko Stojanovski
  • Krste Velkovski
  • Milan Ristovski

Latest odds

Austria 8/11

Draw 23/10

North Macedonia 4/1

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