Posted on December 19th, 2019
The upcoming European Championships, known as Euro 2020, will be different in many ways. Firstly, to celebrate 60 years of the tournament, it is being held all over Europe, rather than in a single host nation. No less than twelve different cities in twelve countries will host games during the event.
Perhaps more importantly, it is also one of the most open tournaments for many years. The online football tips experts say that at least eight of the 24 teams are in with a chance. Of course, as England learned much to their despair last time out against Iceland, you can never write off any team at this level.
Playing at home
The unusual set up means that no country or countries have qualified as host, and so 24 of the original 55 teams are all there on the merit of having won their place in the qualifying stages. It also means that several of the major teams have home advantage, with England playing all their Group D games at Wembley, Germany playing all their group games in Munich, the Netherlands in Amsterdam, Denmark in Copenhagen, Spain in Bilbao and Italy in Rome. England have a further advantage that the two semi-finals and the final will also be played at Wembley, giving them a path to the final that has just two away games. Football really is coming home!
A great group
England’s chances improved significantly with the group stage draw in Bucharest on 30th November. Avoiding sides like France, Germany and Portugal, they only have Croatia, Czech Republic and a qualifying team, possibly Scotland, to get past. Compare that to Wales, who will probably have to beat either Turkey or Italy to qualify, and England have dodged a bullet. France, Germany and Portugal on the other hand, have all been drawn together, meaning that there will be at least one major team knocked out before the round of sixteen stage.
Not long now
After all the excitement of England’s dramatic World Cup run in 2018, many fans are convinced that they are favourites for Euro 2020. And with so many games at home, fans won’t have to go far to roar on their team. It all kicks off in Rome on June 12th with Italy vs Turkey, with England playing Croatia on the 14th, the play-off winner on the 19th and the Czech Republic on the 23rd. Whether they will be back at Wembley on the 12th July to lift the trophy, only time will tell.