It’s fair to say that international breaks can often be dull affairs on the footballing calendar. Punters are just getting into the domestic leagues when a whole bunch of meaningless friendlies come along.
In Europe, UEFA have worked hard to address that issue with the new Nations League competition. In turn, the Euro 2020 tournament has also been transformed with a new format for the competition itself.
It’s just made things that bit more interesting, both for spectators, and for bettors who can now find more Euro 2020 enhanced deals as the competition progresses. Here, then, is our guide to the new system along with details of the type of offers we can now look forward to.
How it Works
There is a qualifying process for Euro 2020 which takes place from March 2019 through to March 2020. Once the long process has been completed, 24 teams will participate in the finals. That final tournament will be held in 12 venues across 12 cities and this is the first time that more than two nations have hosted the end stages of the competition.
Those 24 teams will be placed into six groups and the top two in each section will automatically progress to the next round. In turn, they will be joined by four of the third placed teams. We will then have a round of 16, followed by quarter finals, semi final and final. These are straight knockouts and it all culminates in that final at Wembley Stadium on July 12, 2020.
It’s quite a long and complicated process but it’s one that is designed to bring competitive, international football into more corners of the UEFA family – countries such as Azerbaijan who would not expect to host a full tournament.
With that in mind, let’s see what type of Euro 2020 odds offers we can expect from around the sportsbooks.
We’ve already seen a number of new customer offers during the qualifying rounds so it can be expected that these Euro 2020 odds deals will be carried over into the finals. A typical deal might see the price on the favourites for a certain game start at odds on and the bookmaker will lift that figure to 20/1 or even higher.
The online sportsbook Bookee published a few of these deals for the first rounds of qualifying games and we can expect to see more operators get involved as the matches become more competitive.
Those offers concentrated on single teams but Ladbrokes and Coral published enhanced odds accas at the same time. These would generally identify 3-4 teams before applying a Euro 2020 odds boost of between 50/1 to 70/1.
As with most offers of this kind, the enhanced portion of the odds was paid out as free bet tokens while the open market price was settled as a cash sum. Also note that a fixed stake of £1.00 was applied in each case. Clearly, these examples will be no guarantee of the exact offers that will drop in as the tournament progresses but they are certainly typical of what we can expect moving forward.
Customers who already hold an account with certain bookmakers will not be left out. When those early rounds of Euro 2020 qualifiers were played, there were price boosts from a host of bookies including William Hill, Ladbrokes, Betway, Winner Sports and more.
With an existing customer odds boost, the increases that are involved are much smaller – usually by around one to two points. However, this is balanced by the likelihood of there being no maximum stake, beyond the bookmaker’s usual rules. In addition, punters should have expected all of their profits to be returned as cash sums with no free bet tokens getting in the way.
Once again, we can expect to look forward to similar deals as Euro 2020 progresses – all the way through to the finals next summer.
We’ve already mentioned a number of bookmakers who were involved in enhanced Euro 2020 odds deals for the qualifying stages. Bookee, Ladbrokes and Coral listed new customer deals while we’ve also seen promos from Novibet, Redbet and LVBet. As for existing customer price boosts, Betway, William Hill and Winner Sports are always active when the big football matches come to town.
As we reach the finals of this tournament in 2020, the list of participating bookies is certain to increase. 888Sport are usually very active when it comes to listing new customer offers but they were strangely quiet. That situation should change and we may also see deals drop in from SportNation, Betway and potentially many others.
There are a lot of bookies that could get involved with this new look tournament so keep an eye out for Euro 2020 odds boosts. Better still, we suggest checking back to our pages in the weeks and months that lie ahead as we will look to bring you the best of these offers as and when they drop in.