Euro 2020 is finally almost upon us, albeit a year late, and will kick off on our TV screens on June 11th. Unlike previous years, this tournament will be taking place in twelve different cities across Europe, including two UK venues in London and Glasgow.
Here at Betting.co.uk we’ve provided you with all of the information you need to know including the dates, fixtures, groups and the venues for each game. You can also find full details of the Euro 2021 UK TV schedule, including coverage times for the home nations games.
In addition to all of that, we’ll also be providing you with the best Euro 2021 betting odds, tips and predictions throughout the tournament - which you can find out more about below!
There are a total of 24 teams who have qualified for this year’s delayed Euro 2021 tournament.
Of the home nations, England, Scotland and Wales have all qualified for the the tournament, with both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland having missed out. Scotland famously qualified through the back door, after David Marshall’s heroics in goal saw them dispatch Serbia in their playoff final in Belgrade to seal their place in a major tournament for the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France.
Scotland and England have been drawn in the same group alongside Croatia and Czech Republic. This means that there will be a blockbuster clash between Scotland and England at Wembley on June 18th!
Wales have been drawn in a fairly tough group with Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. There’s also a tasty group of death containing France, Germany and reigning champions Portugal - who are joined by the unfortunate Hungry.
Euro 2021 kicks off on Friday June 11th with Turkey vs Italy in Rome. Wales are the first of the home nations in action, as they face Switzerland on Saturday June 12th. England play a repeat of their World Cup semi final against Croatia in their opening game on Sunday June 13th.
Scotland are the last of the three home nations to kick-start their Euro 2021 campaign, as the Tartan Army have to wait until Monday June 14th to see their nation play in their first major tournament fixture since 1998. They face the Czech Republic in a home tie at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
The blockbuster fixture of the Euro 2021 tournament, from a UK perspective at least, is England vs Scotland - the oldest fixture in world football. This match will be taking place on home soil for England at Wembley, kicking off at 8pm GMT.
Scotland last met “the Auld Enemy” at Hampden during the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The last match was a memorable encounter at Hampden. Scotland were trialing England 1-0, before Leigh Griffiths stepped up to score two almost identical free kicks in the second half to put Scotland ahead. It was to be yet another glorious failure for the Scots though, as Harry Kane inflicted heart ache with a last minute equaliser for the Three Lions.
Looking at the other remaining home nation, Wales get their big chance to cause an upset when they play Italy on June 20th. The other marquee fixtures in the group stages naturally all come from Group F - the so-called “group of death”.
In this group, you can watch France vs Germany on Tuesday June 14th, followed by Portugal vs Germany in June 19th. The final group game on June 23rd is a repeat of the Euro 2016 final, as Portugal take on France.
The Euro 2021 tournament runs for exactly one month, from June 11th through to July 11th. You can find a full list of fixtures, including dates, below:
While past tournaments have taken place in a single country, or have been shared between two nations, Euro 2021 will take place in 11 different venues across Europe.
England and Scotland will each get to play two of their group games in their respective home stadiums of Wembley and Hampden Park. Wales have been delt a a bit of a short straw, as two of their group games will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan. Their match against Italy will take place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
All games from the semi finals onwards will take place at Wembley Stadium.
There had been group and round of 16 games due to take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and in Bilbao. However, local authorities in both regions were unable to give guarantees about fan admission in time for the UEFA deadline back in April.
The group games originally scheduled to take place in Dublin will now take place in St. Petersburg in Russia. The round of 16 fixtures that were planned to take place in Dublin have now been moved to Wembley Stadium in London. Bilbao’s group fixtures will remain in Spain, however they have been moved much further south, to Seville.
As has always traditionally been the case with major international tournaments, all Euro 2021 games will be shown live on free to air UK TV. This means that you don’t need a pricey BT Sport or Sky TV subscription to watch and stream Euro 2021!
Coverage of Euro 2021 on UK TV will be shared between BBC and ITV, with usual programming being rescheduled as a result. You will also be able to stream Euro 2021 games live via the online service and apps for each service. Euro 2021 live streams will be available via the BBC iPlayer and the ITV Hub.
All three home nations’ opening games will be shown on BBC, with ITV screening that blockbuster Scotland vs England clash at Wembley. The broadcasters for the knockout stages have still to be confirmed. For the final UK TV views will have the choice, with BBC and ITV both showing the games live.
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As you most likely would have expected, both the BBC and ITV are serving up a star-studded line up of pundits and co-commentators, consisting of past and current international football greats.
Leading the line for ITV is Grarty Neville alongside Roy Keane and Emma Kayes. They will be joined by Patrick Vieira, Robert Earnshaw, Nigel de Jong, John Collins, Joe Ledley, Nadia Nadim, Scott Brown and Andros Townsend. Co-commentary will be provided by Ally McCoist, Lee Dixon, and John Hartson - covering all three home nations in the tournament.
The BBC coverage will be presented by their core team of Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Eilidh Barbour and Mark Chapman. They will be joined by a plethora of pundits including Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand,Alex Scott, Micah Richards, Ashley Williams, Mark Hughes, Shelley Kerr, James McFadden, Charlie Adam, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Jurgen Klinsmann.
You can check out all of the up to date Euro 2021 winner odds right here at Betting.co.uk.
Ahead of the tournament, England are among the favourites to win Euro 2021 at odds of 5/1. They are joint favourites with France in the eyes of the best UK bookmakers. Narrowly behind them are the likes of Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands - as well as the current champions Portugal.
Wales are narrowly ahead of Scotland, and can be backed to win Euro 2021 at longshot odds of 200/1. The Scots are rank outsiders at odds of 250/1 with 888sport. Hungry are the tournaments least favourites at odds of 400/1. This isn’t fully a reflection of the quality of Hungrey’s Euro 2021 squad though - it’s partly down to the fact that they are in Group F with favourites France, Germany and reigning holders Portugal.
Stay tuned here at Betting.co.uk, where we’ll be bringing you Euro 2021 betting tips and predictions for all of the home nations games and key fixtures throughout.
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Is it finally “coming home” in 2021 - and on home soil as well? Or can Scotlsand pull off an upset against the “Auld Enemy” at Wembley? And how will Wales get on given their tricky group and fixtures six hour away in Baku?
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