The latest round of qualifying games this week for the 2020 European Championships produced plenty of goals and consolidated France’s position as the bookie’s favourite to win the prestigious tournament next summer.
Whilst France were certainly expected to win their home games this week against Albania and Andorra the decisive manner of their victories and their outstanding record of achievement in this competition suggests they will be the team to beat in the “one-off” event that will take place next year across 12 European countries to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Championship competition.
France have scored nineteen goals in qualifying so far in the current campaign and their only blip was the 2-0 defeat to Turkey in June. That result means that Turkey are still joint top alongside France in Group H with both sides having four more games to play. Les Bleus have had an amazing 99 shots on goal in their Group games to-date with 42 of those being on target!
Football statistics are now more important than ever to fans across the continent and there are statistics about every team available on the Uefa website.
The remaining qualifying group games are played over a long weekend in October and November and thereafter the 24 teams who will take part in next year’s event will be known.
Whilst Euro2020 will be held across 12 cities in 12 different countries the Final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday 12th July. Wembley will hold in total, seven of the tournament matches including both semi-finals.
The draw for the final stages of the tournament will be held on 30th November 2019 and the successful 24 teams will be drawn into six groups each of four teams.
The tournament begins on the 12th June with the opening game taking place at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
It will certainly be a tournament to remember and France are deservedly favourites at the moment but with England hosting the semi-final and Final there will be many who will consider England to hold a realistic chance to win their first major tournament for over 5o years. Gareth Southgate’s young side have been very impressive during 2019 and odds of 11/2 currently available with 888Sport will be ancient history by the time the first ball is kicked in the final stages of Euro2020.