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Three International Football Bets Ahead of Major Tournaments

From John Greenwood: June 2020

There are some major international football tournaments to look forward to over the next few years and they all represent great betting opportunities.

For those who like to have a punt on the outright market before these tournaments begin, we have put up our best bet for each of these competitions.

Euro 2020 - Germany (7/1)

Euro 2020 is a great chance for Germany to make up for the disappointing World Cup they had in Russia in 2018. Germany bounce back from poor tournaments better than any other country in the world, so expect this to be the case again at the European Championship in 2021.

Bayern Munich, who are as short as 1/150 now in the Bundesliga betting for their eighth straight title, are arguably the strongest club in Europe currently. Many of their stars are German and should take that form into the national team.

The betting suggests Euro 2020 is wide open but at 7/1, Germany offer great value. They have a good mix of talented youth and experienced players who have won major tournaments. If successful, it will be their fourth European Championship win, a record they will hold on their own.

Copa America 2021 - Brazil (9/4)

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Brazil won Copa America for a ninth time in 2019. The Green and Yellow are back at the very top of international football, a place they deserve to be. They can continue their excellent run of form in 2021 in Argentina and Colombia.

Brazil have been drawn in a group alongside Peru, Qatar and Venezuela. They should have no problems winning that group. The biggest threat to the title is likely to come from Argentina in the latter stages of the tournament.

At 9/4 in the outright market, Brazil have to be backed to confirm their spot as the number one nation in South America right now.

Euro 2020 - Croatia (25/1)

If it is an each-way bet you are looking for over the next couple of years, Croatia at 25/1 for Euro 2020 should fit that bill.

Although the country has a population of just over 4 million, they always seem to perform well at international tournaments. They proved this at the 2018 World Cup where they were runners-up, losing 4-2 to France in the final.

When you consider Croatia beat England in the semi-final of that competition, it's hard to imagine that they are five times bigger in price then the Three Lions in the outright market for the European Championship.

Euro 2020 will be the last chance for former Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric to win an international tournament. The 34-year-old is still delivering for Real Madrid and he can remain a key player for his nation next year.

Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic and Mateo Kovacic are also players who have what it takes to shine at the tournament, so they must not be underestimated again.

Enjoy the above two tournaments and hopefully you will be toasting the success of your bets once they conclude.