Netherlands will be a firm favorite in the Euro 2020 Group C betting markets. Will Austria or Ukraine challenge that narrative? Here is a look at the markets as well as a detailed analysis for your Euro 2020 Group C betting.
At Sportsbook, Netherlands is the favored team to lead with odds of -240 in the Euro 2020 Group C betting market. Ukraine (+450) comes second on the oddsboard, closely followed by Austria (+500). North Macedonia (+2200) is a left-field choice to upset the stars.
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Group C details
Teams participating: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Euro 2020 Qualifying Results
Netherlands has been one of the best teams in the world for a while now. It came through qualifying largely unscathed, finishing second in Group C behind group Sportsbook Germany. Netherlands won six, drew one and lost one of its eight qualifying games.
Ukraine remained unbeaten during qualifying. It won six and drew two games to finish at the top of Group B, even outclassing Portugal in the group. Ukraine finished with 20 points.
Apart from Poland, Austria was too good for the rest of the group in qualifying. Austria finished second in Group G with 19 points, six points behind Poland.
Just one position below Austria, North Macedonia finished third in Group G with 14 points. North Macedonia then had to beat Kosovo and Georgia in the playoffs to progress to the main tournament.
Euro 2020 Group C Betting Odds
Odds as of June 8 at Sportsbook
Euro 2020 Group C Odds Analysis
Netherlands (-240) will be quietly pleased with the draw. After failing to qualify for the previous edition of this tournament as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it will need a smoother transition despite a relatively solid qualifying campaign. These Euro 2020 Group C odds would not have been as favorable had there been a more experienced European team in this group.
The battle for this group will likely be between Ukraine (+450) and Austria (+500). Both teams have had a memorable qualifying lead-up to the finals, which will hold them in good stead.
The story of the group will likely be North Macedonia (+2200). After a massive upset against Germany in qualification, North Macedonia will not be overly short of confidence.
Euro 2020 Group C Betting Tips
There aren’t any teams in Group C that will come close to Netherlands. There is just far too much confidence, skill, depth and quality in that squad along with experience of playing on a stage as big as this. With respect to the other teams, they won’t be able to compete on the same level as Netherlands when it comes to these factors.
Based on the Euro 2020 Group C betting odds, Netherlands’ implied probability to win the group, according to Odds Shark’s calculator, is over 70 percent.
Depending on your sportsbook, you might find Euro 2020 Group C betting markets available for early elimination. North Macedonia is a fair candidate for that unless there are remarkable performances in the early stages.
Euro 2020 Group C Value Picks
For your Euro 2020 Group C betting, the toughest question will be which team can challenge the Dutch squad? Austria and Ukraine are so close together from a matchup perspective. Let’s try to break down the factors to arrive at a conclusion.
Ukraine and Austria had differing routes to qualification. Austria was made to work hard in its group. However, the method in which Austria came through will provide a required boost of confidence. However, Ukraine was as close to flawless as possible in a group containing Portugal.
It could come down to the personnel in and around these two teams. Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has been part of some successful squads previously. He will have some influential players at his disposal, including Roman Yaremchuk, who has been a pivotal offensive weapon.
Ukraine’s implied probability, according to its Euro 2020 Group C betting odds, is 18.18 percent. Austria isn’t too far behind, with an implied probability to win this group at 16.67 percent.
A Detailed Analysis on Netherlands
Head coach: Frank de Boer
De Boer has an impressive coaching history at the club level having managed Ajax, Inter, Crystal Palace and Atlanta United previously. He was also the assistant manager to Bert van Marwijk in a successful 2010 World Cup campaign, which helped Netherlands reach the final. He took over as head coach of Netherlands in September last year.
Quote from the manager: “I already work more or less with a solid core. We have to see how things are going in May. It is also important how Virgil (van Dijk) himself is doing. In addition, a lot can happen in the coming weeks.”
Player to watch: Memphis Depay will be the key man in the final third for Netherlands. He has enjoyed a solid few seasons for Lyon and will be keen to make an impact.
Top scorer in qualifying: Georginio Wijnaldum scored eight goals to lead his team in qualifying.
Euro 2016 result: Did not qualify.
Best result in past Euro cups: Back in 1988, Netherlands won this competition.
Fun fact: Netherlands missed the 2016 Euro finals and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It is their longest period away from a major tournament since the 1980s. Netherlands returned from that period with a win in the 1988 Euro tournament.
Predicted Finish in Group C: Our Euro 2020 Group C betting prediction for Netherlands is first.
A Detailed Analysis on Ukraine
Head coach: Andriy Shevchenko
Shevchenko is one of the most decorated strikers of all time in Europe. During his time with AC Milan, he won the Champions League in 2003 and Ballon d’Or in 2004.
Quote from the manager: “To tell the truth, we didn’t want to start against the Netherlands. Austria are also a tough opponent but I think Ukraine have a good chance to qualify from this group.”
Player to watch: Andriy Yarmolenko has not played much league soccer this season. However, he was in steady form in the final third for Ukraine as was evident from his terrific contribution toward Ukraine’s 2-1 win against Portugal in qualifying.
Top scorer in qualifying: Roman Yaremchuk scored four goals to lead Ukraine in qualifying.
Euro 2016 result: Eliminated after the group stage.
Best result in past Euro cups: The group stage is as far as Ukraine has gotten in this tournament, in 2012 and 2016.
Fun fact: Coach Andriy Shevchenko featured as a player in Ukraine’s previous two friendly matches against Netherlands.
Predicted Finish in Group C: Our Euro 2020 Group C betting prediction for Ukraine is second.
A Detailed Analysis on Austria
Head coach: Franco Foda
Foda had spent the majority of his career in the Austrian league with Sturm Graz before become national head coach in 2018.
Quote from the manager: “Our tactical vision means that we want to put the opponent under pressure early on. We want to get possession quickly and, after winning the ball, play up top as quickly as possible. We want to be variable, flexible during games but most important is that we want good football and to score lots of goals.”
Player to watch: Christoph Baumgartner has been impressive in the Bundesliga since his inclusion. He made his debut for Austria in September last year but still has plenty of creativity to provide.
Top scorer in qualifying: Marko Arnautović scored six goals in qualifying to lead his team.
Euro 2016 result: Austria didn’t make it past the group stage in the previous edition.
Best result in past Euro cups: Like Ukraine, Austria’s best finish has been the group stage in 2008 and 2016.
Fun fact: Austria and North Macedonia had never played each other before Euro qualifying last year. Both teams will face each other for the third time in under a year in the group stage.
Predicted Finish in Group C: Our Euro 2020 Group C betting prediction for Austria is third.
A Detailed Analysis on North Macedonia
Head coach: Igor Angelovski
After two years at the helm of Rabotnički, Angelovski was promoted to head coach of North Macedonia back in 2015.
Quote from the manager: ”What can I tell you? I can’t, out of emotion, out of happiness,” Angelovski said after a win against Germany in qualifying. ”We made the North Macedonians proud and happy. This is like winning the European Championship. I came here with these guys because they promised to celebrate.”
Player to watch: You might not need to look further than Gorav Pandev. He has close to two decades of experience, including playing in the Serie A. He is the team’s captain, highest goalscorer and has made record appearances for his country.
Top scorer in qualifying: Eljif Elmas scored four goals to lead his team in qualifying.
Euro 2016 result: Did not qualify.
Best result in past Euro cups: This will be North Macedonia’s first appearance in the final tournament. It beat Georgia 1-0 in the playoffs to ensure qualification for its first major tournament.
Fun fact: Ilija Nestorovski is North Macedonia’s fifth-highest scorer of all time. He has been ruled out of this tournament after suffering knee ligament damage in training for Udinese.
Predicted Finish in Group C: Our Euro 2020 Group C betting prediction for North Macedonia is fourth.
Euro 2020 Group C Predictions
Let’s reverse-engineer the order of Group C. North Macedonia will have a lot of fun while scoring a few goals that spoil the party but not much more from a tangible standpoint. North Macedonia will finish fourth.
Plausibly, the deciding game in this group will be between Ukraine and Austria. They will meet at Arena Naţională in Bucharest on June 21. Mark your calendars because it’s likely to be one of the most intense games of the group stage. That will also be the first competitive meeting between Ukraine and Austria.
If that ends in a draw, it might come down to the team that handles Netherlands and North Macedonia better.
Which teams will advance?
Netherlands and …
Sitting on the fence is easy for this decision but I’d back Ukraine to finish second. It’s nowhere close to a foregone conclusion but on paper, there are a few factors that are pointing to Ukraine. One, Shevchenko. He should be able to hold Ukraine together under duress in the closing stages. Two, the scheduling. Ukraine will have Netherlands out of the way after the first matchday. That should allow Ukraine to adjust and move to the rest of the teams as required.
Austria will stay solid and compact in the middle of the pitch but there are concerns around its ability to transition into an offensive phase. Coach Foda has indicated that he wants to move seamlessly through the phases but there could be defensive gaps as a result.
“We want to play on the front foot, transition quickly, play in the direction of the opposition goal, and thankfully it worked well for us in the last few qualification games,” Foda said about Austria’s modus operandi. This is also a characteristic that could be exploited, particularly by a strong defensive team in Ukraine.
Our Euro 2020 Group C betting predictions are as follows: Netherlands to ease through in first, Ukraine to win the crucial moments to finish second, Austria to finish third and North Macedonia fourth.