Betting on the Euro Football Championship Guide

The Euro is set to be the sporting event of the summer as a major international football tournament returns to Europe a year after its postponement due to coronavirus. Unlike previous editions, this year's Euro competition will be played all over Europe, rather than in a single host country. This has increased the number of teams confident of winning the Euros and in turn rocked the football betting odds.

You can access Euro betting markets on every game this summer with Unibet. We’ll be with you every step of the way with live odds on every game at every stadium. This guide will take you through everything you need to know about betting on the Euros, from the group stages right the way through to the final. You’ll discover which nations are the favourites to win the tournament, learn how to bet on the Euros, discover tips on reading football odds and find out what markets are available to all players.

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Where is the Euro taking place?

The Euro is being staged across Europe and is a change to the usual tournament format where one nation or region hosts the competition. The eleven host cities and stadiums are:

  • Parken Stadium, Copenhagen – Denmark
  • Hampden Park, Glasgow – Scotland
  • Estadio La Cartuja, Seville – Spain
  • Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam – Netherlands
  • Arena Nationala, Bucharest – Romania
  • Puskas Arena, Budapest – Hungary
  • Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg – Russia
  • Olympic Stadium, Baku – Azerbaijan
  • Stadio Olimpico, Rome – Italy
  • Allianz Arena, Munich – Germany
  • Wembley Stadium, London – England

There are six groups consisting of four teams each at the Euros. All stadiums will host three group stage matches and one round-of-16 game. Wembley Stadium will host the semi-finals and the final.

Which are the qualified teams in the Euros?

The Euro will consist of 24 teams, of which 19 appeared in the previous edition. Among the list includes the top-ranked side in the world Belgium, and the 2018 World Cup winners France. Defending European Championship title holders Portugal have also qualified.

Here is the full list of Euro teams, split into the groups:

  • Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
  • Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
  • Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
  • Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
  • Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
  • Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany

The top two teams from each group qualify for the last-16 stage, while the four best third-placed teams from the group stage will also progress. From the last-16 stage Euro turns into a knockout format, with extra time and penalties deciding games that are drawn.

Who are the favourites to win the Euro?

The latest Euro betting odds have England as the favourites to win the competition. England has never won a European Championships but reached the 1996 semi-finals before losing to Germany. Germany is one of the favourites in the bet Euro winner markets to clinch the trophy once again, as are Belgium, France and Spain.

Defending champions Portugal are ranked seventh among the list of favourites to win the competition. The nation stunned France in the final back in 2016 to claim the European Championship for the first time. The most recent Euro betting markets have Netherlands as more likely to win the competition than Portugal.

How to Bet on Euro

If you want to learn how to bet on the Euro then be sure to check out Unibet’s range of football betting guides. Most players this summer will focus on two types of bets: tournament bets and match bets. The tournament bets are where you back a team to win Euro, or crash out at a certain round. Currently England are the favourites to win the competition.

Match bets are where you bet on the result of individual games. These are by far the most popular bet types in the world across practically every sport. Unibet are featuring over 200 betting markets on every game of Euro and to place a bet all you have to do is head over to our Euro betting pages and look for a game you want to follow.

Each game features extensive odds such as match winner, correct score, HT score, first goalscorer and even player specials. To bet on the Euros, first click on the outcome you want to back and enter your stake in the bet slip. Check your odds and potential payout before clicking ‘Place Bet’ to complete the process.

Keep an eye out for special bets on individual players during the tournament. These bets can focus on outcomes such as a player hitting the crossbar, being sent off, scoring more than another player or even bagging a hat-trick! Player specials are a fun way to follow individuals during a game, especially if you’re not supporting either side.

The great thing about Euro betting is you can combine various wagers into one with an accumulator bet. Simply click on each individual outcome you want to back and the bet slip will combine the odds into one big wager.

Understanding Euro Odds

If you’re asking 'how does betting on Euro work?’ then you’re in the right place. Even some of the best betting Euro tipsters sometimes have difficulty reading and understanding the football odds. This isn’t uncommon and if you’re new to sports betting then we have some tips to help you understand the odds.

All odds do is advertise the potential reward you can expect to earn if your bet wins. There are three types of betting odds: fraction, decimal and American. Let’s take you through an example of all three. You decide to bet £1 on England to beat Croatia 2-0 at Euro at fractional odds of 8/1, decimal odds of 9.00 and American odds of +800. With fractional odds, your winnings (also known as a payout or profit) is to the left of the split, and your stake to the right. So, if you bet £1 at odds of 8/1 you’ll earn £8 winnings PLUS your £1 stake back. With decimal odds, you multiply your stake (£1) by the odds (9.00) to reveal your total payout (£9). And American odds work the same way, with your winnings being a multiple of your stake (although remember you won’t win £800 with odds of +800, just £8!).

Unibet sportsbook lets you choose which Euro betting odds to use, so you can best get to grips with your bets. If you’re still confused, one handy tip is to click on odds of the outcome you’re interested in and enter the stake you want to bet to the bet slip. Here you can check the potential winnings and decide for yourself if the bet is worth it! For example, you want to bet £5 on Spain to beat France in the group stage and the odds say 3/1, but you’re not sure what that means. Simply click on the odds, enter your £5 stake and before yo place the bet you’ll see your potential payout is £20 (£15 profit + your £5 stake). Now you can decide whether you think the bet is worth making!

If you don’t know which odds type to choose then generally decimal odds are the most understandable for new players. After all, you simply have to multiply your stake by the odds to reveal your expected payout.

Betting on Euro with Unibet

Millions of football fans around the world will watch Euro online this summer and Unibet invites you to be part of the biggest online betting community to join in the fun. Betting on the Euro is one of the best ways to get closer to the action, support your team through the tournament and improve your knowledge of other teams and players.

Here's a list of the first group matches:

Unibet features extensive football odds, stats, live scores and results on every game throughout the tournament. If you love in-play betting on live football odds then this is the sportsbook for you, as our markets fluctuate in real time depending on what’s happening on the pitch. You can place bets while you watch Euro online and maximise your hopes of nailing a big win.

What’s more, our sportsbook features a wide range of tournament bets including Euro winner odds, group betting, top scorer bets, player of the tournament markets and team progress. You can back one country to win Euro and another to crash out at the group stage. And if that’s not enough, Unibet’s smart bet slip allows you to combine multiple outcomes into a single football accumulator, which can greatly boost your odds on a single bet.

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