With the European Championships right around the corner, What Are The Odds takes a look at the dark horses that you might not have considered.
Under Roberto Mancini, Gli Azzurri may finally be ready to come inside out of the wilderness.
Their resurgence back to being a global superpower isn’t yet complete, but it could be if they go all the way at Euro 2020.
They qualified for the tournament with 10 wins from 10, made it to the finals of the UEFA Nations League, and have won their last eight games by an aggregate scoreline of 25-0.
It’s a far cry from not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. but there is work still to be done.
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How do you solve a problem like the Netherlands? With Virgil Van Dijk missing the tournament to recover from the injury that ended his season and professional failure, Frank de Boer at the helm, it’s hard to be optimistic about the Oranje. His only managerial success came at Ajax, which isn’t exactly difficult.
After that, he lasted 85 days at Inter Milan and 70 days at Crystal Palace, where he was described by Jose Mourinho as ‘the worst manager in the history of the Premier League’. It remains to be seen whether the firepower of Memphis Depay will be enough for the Dutch.
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In from 66/1 last November, Denmark have all the hallmarks of a team that could go deep into this tournament.
They’re hard to beat, which is half the battle, with a couple of outstanding players in key positions.
On their way to 2016 glory, Portugal only won once inside 90 minutes, drawing all three of their group games and riding their luck in extra-time.
De rød-hvide are undefeated since 2018 against sides that aren’t Belgium and, with three group matches on home soil, it’s set up perfectly for them to finish 2nd and head into the ‘easier’ side of the draw – where a big run isn’t out of the question.
Turkey were one of the standout sides in qualifying for the European Championships, taking four points off world champions France and conceding just three goals in their ten games.
Ay-Yıldızlılar are once again under the control of Şenol Güneş who led them to a bronze medal at the 2002 World Cup, a tournament they haven’t qualified for since.
The Crescent Stars are in the ascendancy though, and proved that with a 4-2 win over the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying earlier this year.
A group with Switzerland, Italy, and Wales shouldn’t scare the Turks, who are led by Ligue 1 champion Burak Yilmaz.
WhatAreTheOdds Selection: Denmark @ 28/1