Every international tournament has a dreaded group of death and this year, Euro 2020 is no different.
All eyes will be on Group F in Euro 2020 as France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary battle for qualification.
In one group we have France, the current world champions and Portugal, the defending European champions. As well as that, Germany are always in with a chance to win whatever tournament they play in.
All this is bad luck for Hungary, who will need a miracle to avoid finishing last. Below we preview Group F of Euro 2020.
Portugal are 9/1 to retain their title and despite boasting attacking talent like Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix, expect their campaign to be built on a solid foundation. As a result, Manchester City center back Ruben Dias will be a key player. If they emerge from the group of death, Portugal will take some stopping.
9/2 favourites France must be worried, because they’ve called up Karim Benzema again. Benzema hasn’t played for the national team for years because of a blackmail controversy involving Mathieu Valbuena – which is still an active legal case.
If he can reintegrate himself into the team without causing any drama, he will dovetail with Kylian Mbappe. It’s a frightening combination by any standards. France haven’t won the Euros since 2000, but it’s hard to look past their quality this time around.
Germany are 8/1 to win the tournament, but don’t be surprised to see them flop. As always, they have an incredible roster of young, technical, athletic attacking players. However, Joachim Low’s 15 year spell as manager will come to an end after the tournament. Germany could fail to find the right kind of team spirit needed to go far in the Euros. If there is going to be a disappointment in this group, it will be Germany.
As for 325/1 Hungary, it’s hard to see how they can progress to the next round. However, they are unbeaten in nine games and in 2016 they actually topped a group containing eventual winners Portugal. Nonetheless, unless one of the other teams crash and burn, they will probably finish last.