Spain the team to beat in Group B

England expected to fare strongly

Favourites Spain (10/3 Outright) will fancy their chances of topping Group B as they go in search of winning their first UEFA Women’s Championship.

La Roja have only ever played in four finals, but they are fancied to shine in the upcoming tournament that takes place in England from July 6-July 31.

Spain have been drawn in Group B alongside Germany, Denmark and Finland, but they will need to be at their best to overcome Die Nationalelf, who have lifted the trophy on eight occasions.

Who should progress?

Spain head into this summer’s tournament as the favourites, so it is no surprise to see them priced at 8/11 to win Group B.

Jorge Vilda’s troops have punished teams at will on occasions, including a 7-0 win over Australia in the build-up to the tournament.

They last lost a match in 2020 against the United States, but their record in the competition is poor, and nerves could very well play their part.

Spain have never won a knock-out game across three European Championships and two World Cups, which suggests Germany could offer more value.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side (11/8 Group B Outright) will be the most experienced in the tournament, but their recent form has been patchy.

Both Denmark women and Finland women are considered outsiders for Group B, and it looks a two-horse race between Spain and Germany.

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Form Guide

Spain women are unbeaten in their last 22 matches in all competitions, and they have picked up some impressive victories along the way.

La Roja have beaten Moldova 19-0 across two matches, while they avoided defeat in recent games against England and Brazil.

While Germany beat Portugal 3-0 and Switzerland 7-0, they have lost three of their previous five matches. Canada, England and Serbia have all got the better of them, and they do have to silence their doubters through this month.

Denmark women’s recent four-match winning run came to an end against Norway, while Finland have struggled of late, winning just one of their last eight games.

Star Players

If Denmark are to do anything at this year’s Euros, they will rely heavily on Pernille Harder. The Denmark captain is known for her ability to play in various positions, and she is by far their best player.

Fullback Emma Koivisto will provide plenty of support from defence for Finland, but there’s the chance they will rely too heavily on her services against the likes of Spain and Germany.

Germany’s attack looks to be well equipped for years to come, especially if Lea Schuller can stay fit. The Bayern Munich forward has scored 25 goals in 39 appearances since making her debut for Germany in 2017, and she has already showcased what she can do on the big stage, scoring all four goals in qualifying against the Czech Republic.

Spain’s squad is littered with talent, including the current Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas, but the pick of the bunch could well be Athenea del Castillo Beivide. At 21, the former Deportivo ace has already secured a move to Real Madrid, and this could be her breakout tournament as she tries to help Spain get their hands on the trophy for the first time.

Fixtures

July 8 – 17:00 – Spain v Finland, Stadium MK
July 8 – 20:00 – Germany v Denmark, Brentford Community Stadium
July 12 – 17:00 – Denmark v Finland, Stadium MK
July 12 – 20:00 – Germany v Spain, Brentford Community Stadium
July 16 – 20:00 – Denmark v Spain, Brentford Community Stadium
July 16 – 20:00 – Finland v Germany, Stadium MK

Women’s Euros Group A Odds: England should fare strongly

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Author: Lucas Carlson