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Euro 2020: Potential dark horses in the tournament

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Euro 2020: Potential dark horses in the tournament

 

We envisage a few shocks along the way in the group stages of Euro 2020 and there is a possibility that one or more of the less fancied sides may go deeper into the competition than expected. We take a look at some of these so-called ‘dark horses’.

 

Portugal  –  9/1

Having won Euro 2016, Portugal have been regarded as genuine contenders to win and they are one of the favourites to do just that, however they must be considered as dark horses given that they have been paired alongside Germany and France in the ‘Group of Death’. Indeed if the Portuguese are to be in with a chance of repeating their success of five years ago, then they will need to impress hugely in the group stages. Portugal do have match winners in abundance with Bruno Fernandez looking to announce himself in style on the big stage and Cristiano Ronaldo once again leading the line. In Ruben Dias, they have a Player of the Year operating in defence and he will be doing his utmost to control the back line.

If Ronaldo can hit top form and Dias manage to help keep the goal threats at bay, then Portugal can surely be one of the main contenders.

 

Czech Republic  –  150/1

While England will likely win Group D with relative ease, the battle for second place is wide open. Croatia are a completely different proposition to the side which made it to the finals of the 2018 World Cup while Scotland have some decent players but lack experience on the big stage. The Czech Republic are therefore presented with a chance to make it through to the knockout stages of the competition and they can look to their experience in the tournament to help them on their way. The Czechs are in the competition for a seventh successive time – a statistic only bettered by France and Germany – and as such they aren’t lacking in experience in any way. They are also specialists at set pieces with set-plays being responsible for seven of their goals in the qualifiers, therefore if they can haul themselves out of Group D, their prowess in set pieces could make plenty of difference.

The big question is, could the Czechs ‘do a Greece’ and win the competition? It’s certainly a possibility and one worthy of consideration at 150/1.

 

Turkey  –  66/1

When it comes to international competition, Turkey are hard to figure out. They have actually made it to the semi-finals of two major international competitions in the past but in recent years they have been less than impressive, the side limping out of Euro 2016 at the group stages. This summer they will boast the most youthful squad at the Euros with an average age of just 25, however their star man is veteran Burak Yilmaz, the 35-year-old having scored 16 goals and amassed 5 assists in Ligue 1 throughout 2020/21, an impressive statistic for a player who is surely not too far from retirement.

Midfield creativity is boosted by Hakan Calhanoglu who created most chances in the Italian top-flight last season with 98 for Milan. Should he manage to get things ticking with Turkey in the coming weeks and create some chances for Yilmaz, then the side could perform well and go deep into the competition.

Turkey have been defensively solid in their qualifying campaign with just three goals leaked in ten games. The fact is that defence can win titles and if Turkey manage to retain their solidity at the back, then they are worthy contenders at odds of 66/1.