Soccer fans rejoice: The never ending season of soccer continues! Thanks to COVID, the 2020 Euros are arriving a year late. The tournament will run from June 11 to July 11, and Sling offers the best value to watch every game live. Out of the 51 matches, 40 will be on ESPN, six on ESPN2 and five on ABC (available on ESPN3 with Sling), which means you can watch the entire tournament with Sling Orange (use the link at the bottom of the page to get Sling Orange for just $10 for your first month). Let’s get to why you should be fired up to watch this edition of Europe’s premier Association tournament.
You get to watch France again
After winning the 2018 World Cup, it’s no surprise that France is the favorite to win the tournament. But don’t forget Les Bleus hosted the 2016 Euros and lost in heartbreaking fashion to Portugal in the Final. The 109’ minute rip by Portugal’s Eder was perhaps the adversity Didier Dechamps’ team needed to become World Cup champions two years later. France’s depth is the best of any team in Europe, as their B team is better than most countries best. With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante, France are a must-watch whenever they are on the TV. Paired in Group F with Germany, Portugal, and Hungary, you will not want to miss any matches that feature the world’s best team.
Can Low go out on top?
Joachim Low, one of the most successful International managers, is calling it quits after the Euros, and his team, Germany, has completely restocked with plenty of talent. After a disappointing World Cup where they failed to make it out of the Group Stage, Die Mannschaft would like to send their legendary manager off on a high note, and they have the talent (and tactics) to do it.
Italy and Netherlands resurgence?
Two teams that are a mainstay in International soccer both missed out on the 2018 World Cup. Italy made a run in the 2016 Euros while the Dutch didn’t even qualify for the event. However, both clubs now seem to be on the up-and-up. The Netherlands will be without Virgil Van Djik, but will lean on Memphis Depay to try and get them out of a fairly easy group. Italy find themselves in a tricky Group A with Wales, Switzerland and Turkey. If they can get out of the group, they’ll be battle-tested to make a run in this edition of the tournament.
Yep. That’s it. Just England.
The Three Lions feel like France from 4 years ago, in that the team is loaded with depth and talent (Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, and Harry Kane to name a few). Sure they are young, but they have experience as well. After making a run to the Semifinals before losing in Extra Time to Croatia at the last World Cup, Gareth Southgate’s squad will be hungry to lift silverware for the first time in a major tournament since 1966. One thing is for sure, England never lacks drama at these tournaments.
Um.. What about the defending Champions?!
Did you think we’d get to the end of this article and not really mention the defending Euro Champions Portugal? Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to watch most of the 2016 Final after an injury, so you better believe that the 36-year-old legend and this talented Portuguese side will be a tough out. In a group with France and Germany, they will have their work cut out for them.
Euro 2020 Odds To Win - Top 10 (Odds via Draftkings)
Group stage schedule (all kick off times ET)
Friday, June 11
3pm: Italy v. Turkey (ESPN)
Saturday, June 12
9am: Switzerland v. Wales (ESPN)
12pm: Finland v. Denmark (ESPN)
3pm: Russia v. Belgium (ESPN3)
Sunday, June 13
9am: Croatia v. England (ESPN)
12pm: North Macedonia v. Austria (ESPN)
3pm: Ukraine v. Netherlands (ESPN)
Monday, June 14
9am: Czech Republic v. Scotland (ESPN)
12pm: Slovakia v. Poland (ESPN)
3pm: Sweden v. Spain (ESPN)
Tuesday, June 15
12pm: Portugal v. Hungary (ESPN)
3pm: Germany v. France (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 16
9am: Russia v. Finland (ESPN)
12pm: Wales v. Turkey (ESPN)
3pm: Switzerland v. Italy (ESPN)
Thursday, June 17
9am: North Macedonia v. Ukraine (ESPN)
12pm: Belgium v. Denmark (ESPN)
3pm: Austria v. Netherlands (ESPN)
Friday, June 18
9am: Slovakia v. Sweden (ESPN)
12pm: Czech Republic v. Croatia (ESPN)
3pm: Scotland v. England (ESPN)
Saturday, June 19
9am: France v. Hungary (ESPN)
12pm: Germany v. Portugal (ESPN)
3pm: Poland v. Spain (ESPN3)
Sunday, June 20
12pm: Wales v. Italy (ESPN2)
12pm: Turkey v. Switzerland (ESPN)
Monday, June 21
12pm: Netherlands v. North Macedonia (ESPN)
12pm: Austria v. Ukraine (ESPN2)
3pm: Belgium v. Finland (ESPN)
3pm: Denmark v. Russia (ESPN2)
Tuesday, June 22
3pm: Scotland v. Croatia (ESPN2)
3pm: England v. Czech Republic (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 23
12pm: Spain v. Slovakia (ESPN)
12pm: Poland v. Sweden (ESPN2)
3pm: Hungary v. Germany (ESPN2)
3pm: France v. Portugal (ESPN)
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