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Euro 2020 Group B Odds & Preview: Belgium & Denmark Favored to Advance

John Dillon

by John Dillon in Soccer

Jun 6, 2021 · 4:40 PM PDT

Yannick Carrasco going after ball against defender
Belgium's Yannick Carrasco, left, goes up against Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic during the international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Croatia at King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
  • Denmark  kicks off vs Finland at 12pm ET Saturday with Russia vs Belgium at 3pm ET
  • Star-studded Belgians among leading  hopefuls to win tournament while Danes are in good form
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Belgium is among the teams favored in the Euro 2020 odds with the hope that its group of glittering star players can land the nation’s first major tournament triumph.

Oddsmakers make the Belgians the favorite to win Group B at -139, followed by Denmark at + 260.

Then comes Russia at +525, with Finland the outsiders in its first major tournament at +3000.

Given the odds, the best value here is for Russia to qualify at +170.

Euro 2020 Group B Odds

Team Odds to Win at DraftKings Odds to Qualiffy
Belgium -139 -835
Denmark +260 -295
Russia +525 +170
Finland +3000 +950

Odds as of  June 6 

Belgium’s Stars Could Go All The Way

Belgium was the third-place finisher at the 2018 World Cup. And star players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Axel Witsel are rightly regarded as Belgium’s “Golden Generation.”

Consequently, it is ranked as FIFA’ S Number One national team at present.

After a stunning qualification campaign, in which it won all 10 matches, Belgium is priced as a favorite to win its opening game against Russia even though it takes place in St. Petersburg.

DraftKings rate Belgium at -143, although playmaker De Bruyne may not recover in time from a facial injury.

The Russians, meanwhile, are at +420 with the draw at +285 – with kickoff at 3pm ET.

Belgium hit 40 goals in qualifying while conceding just three.

This weekend’s opening opponents were beaten 4-1 away from home in Group I and 3-1 in Belgium, although Russia eventually qualified second in the section.

Coach Roberto Martinez’s side defeated Croatia 1-0 at home in a warm-up game on Sunday following a 1-1 draw against Greece last Thursday.

Furthermore, Belgium’s last competitive match produced an 8-0 home thrashing of Belarus in the World Cup.

Belgium is, in addition, a semi-finalist in the current UEFA Nations League competition and will meet France in October.

Beaten just once in 22 games, Belgium should win Group B without too much trouble.

Denmark Has Big Home Advantage

The Danes enter the tournament in good form after winning all three of their opening World Cup qualifying matches in the spring.

It is likely to be in a fight with Russia for second place.

The team has a big advantage with all three of its Group B fixtures in Copenhagen.

The squad does not feature as many star names as Belgium.

However, there is a good sprinkling of major quality with Inter Milan playmaker Christian Eriksen a hugely important figure.

The line-up also features goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel of English FA Cup winners Leicester City and Champions League-winning defender Andreas Christensen of Chelsea.

Denmark is rated a wide favorite by DraftKings to win its opening game against Finland on Saturday at -225.

With kickoff at 12pm ET, Finland is priced at +785 with the draw at +320.

Denmark was unbeaten in its Euro 2020 qualifying group.

But it finished second behind Switzerland after winning four times and drawing four.

Ranked 10th in the world by FIFA, Denmark drew 1-1 in Germany in its first tournament warm-up game.

It followed up with a 2-0 home win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday.

The Danes look the best bet for second place in Group B.

Russia Will Rely on Dzyuba’s Goals

Even though it was the host of the2018 World Cup, Russia still over-achieved by reaching the last eight.

Now, the key figure could be the Zenit St. Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuya, who has hit 29 goals in 52 appearances for the national side.

Nine of those goals came in Euro 2020 qualifying, as Russia finished second in Group J behind Belgium

However, four of those strikes were plundered in a 9-0 home win against the minnows of San Marino.

In two warm-up games this month, Russia drew 1-1 in Poland and then defeated Bulgaria 1-0 at home.

Its most recent competitive game was a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Slovakia in March.

Finland Heads into First Tournament

The Finns are heading into their first major tournament after surprisingly finishing second in Group J qualifying behind Italy.

However, it has lost two recent warm-up friendlies – going down 2-0 in Sweden and then losing 1-0 at home against Estonia last Friday.

The key player is the Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki who scored 10 of his nation’s 16 goals in qualifying . However, he must shake off an ankle injury.

He also scored 26 times as his club side won England’s EFL Championship title.

However, it hard to see Finland doing anything but enjoy the big-time experience while making up the numbers.

Pick For Group Finish:

  • 1. Belgium
  • 2. Denmark
  • 3. Russia
  • 4. Finland
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