2020 UEFA Euro Group F Betting
There’s no question that Group F is the Group of Death in EURO 2020. Defending champions Portugal aren’t even favored to finish in the top two as they have been drawn into a group with juggernauts France and Germany. It will be crucial to finish atop the group for all three of those teams as the runner-up in Group F will likely face England in the Round of 16 and the third-place team might miss out on the knockout round entirely.
UEFA Euro Group F Country Profiles
FIFA Ranking: 2
Best Finish: Champions
The reigning World Cup champions have won the Euros twice and finished runner-up to Portugal in 2016. France was favored to win the last Euros since Les Bleus were playing at home. They will have to face both Germany and Hungary in their respective stadiums this time around though.
France is loaded with talent. Kylian Mbappe is one of the most dangerous forwards in the world, and Antoine Griezmann has gotten it done for years. Olivier Giroud continues to show he has what it takes despite being 34, and there are young talents up top in Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman.
Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are mainstays in the midfield, and Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane are strong in defense. It’s hard to find a weak spot on this team, making France one of the contenders.
FIFA Ranking: 5
Best Finish: Champions (2016)
The Selecao have only lost to France over the last seven months. Portugal continues to play well after their improbable win at the 2016 Euros. Most of that team is still in fine form, including superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and the youth is coming along nicely to make the Portuguese a real threat to follow Spain as the second back-to-back winner in the history of this competition.
Diogo Jota, Joao Felix, and Andre Silva aren’t at the same level as Ronaldo, but they are all promising young forwards. Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes are solid in the midfield alongside veteran Joao Moutinho, but the back line is somewhat iffy outside of Joao Cancelo with Pepe now 38 years old.
FIFA Ranking: 12
Best Finish: Champions (1972, 1980, 1996)
Joachim Low has promised to step down after this competition, but there is growing pressure on him to resign his position prior to June. Although he has been the manager of the team since 2006 and led Germany to the 2014 World Cup and two other semifinals appearances at both the World Cup and Euros, the Germans have not been in great form over the last few months.
Germany was hammered 6-0 by Spain in November and suffered a stunning 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia at the end of March. They failed to make it out of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup for the first time ever, so new leadership is needed after 15 years.
Still, the Germans are one of the favorites at the Euros despite their recent struggles. Manuel Neuer remains solid in net, and there is a fine mixture of young and old talent up and down the roster. Additionally, a lot of the team has built-in chemistry since players like Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, and Niklas Sule play for Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich.
FIFA Ranking: 37
Best Finish: Third Place (1964)
The Magnificent Magyars were the first great soccer dynasty. Hungary was the best team in the world for most of the 1950s, but they failed to win a major international tournament. However, it’s been rough for Hungary since the early 1970s as the country missed out on 10 straight European Championships before returning to the tournament through the playoff in 2016.
Hungary needed to qualify through the playoff again this time. They were drawn into the toughest group, and they will be fortunate to win a game. Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and defender Willi Orban are quality players, and captain Adam Szalai will run the offense.
Group F Schedule
Tuesday June 15
Hungary vs. Portugal (Budapest; noon ET, 6 p.m.)
France vs. Germany (Munich; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m.)
Saturday June 19
Hungary vs. France (Budapest; 9 a.m. ET, 3 p.m.)
Portugal vs. Germany (Munich; noon ET, 6 p.m.)
Wednesday June 23
Germany vs. Hungary (Munich; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m.)
Portugal vs. France (Budapest; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m.)
*Top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams advance
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