It’s only a matter of weeks until the extremely belated Euro 2020 tournament will officially get underway, when Turkey takes on Italy at Olimpico Stadium in the opening Group A encounter on 11 June.
It’s fair to assume that plenty of Gunners fans will be getting behind England at Euro 2020, especially if Bukayo Saka makes the squad. Until a few days ago, the midfield talent was seen as a borderline selection, but the news that each squad can now be comprised of 26 players has swung the scales in his favour.
However, Arsenal fans come from far and wide. There will be many who will shy away from supporting the tournament favourites and will instead be scrutinising the Betsson EM 2020 odds for a compelling underdog to cheer on while wearing their Arsenal shirts. Here are a few tempting options.
The Swiss have a happy knack of flying under the radar and making it through to the knockout stages with minimal fuss. It’s one of those teams that is just certain to “do a Croatia” at a major tournament sooner or later. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka’s occasional disciplinary lapses might have polarised fans at Emirates, but as his nation’s captain, he is certain to play a major role in Switzerland’s campaign. The company in Group A is less than terrifying, so expect to see Switzerland duking it out with the big boys in the latter stages. The 80/1 odds make this a compelling shout for an each way bet.
Here’s a team that exemplifies the phrase “dark horse” and Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín might just have an important role to play in their progress. Ordinarily, he’d probably spend more time on the bench than in the team, but with fitness doubts hanging over both Dani Carvajal and Sergi Roberto, this could be Bellerín’s chance to shine. Like Switzerland, Spain has landed among relatively unthreatening company in its group, and can be expected to head into the round of 16 bristling with confidence.
Bernd Leno seems to be the eternal bridesmaid to Marc-André ter Stegen’s bride between the posts at international level. But he’s certain to at least be in the squad, and who knows what opportunities might arise? Germany finds itself in a very different position to Switzerland and Spain, having landed in the Group of Death alongside France, Portugal and Hungary. After what happened in Russia three years ago, they have a point to prove, and that could just make them a very dangerous proposition.
The romantics, however, will only have eyes for Scotland. Fan favourite Kieran Tierney will be giving it all for his side, and is likely to be asked to play at left back. Although it is hard to see them making much headway against some stern competition in Group D, they could just be galvanised by the home support and pull off a surprise when they take on the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on 14 June.