The UEFA Euro Championships 2020 - A Guide For Canadians

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Although many people in the country take more interest in ice hockey or playing at an online casino in Canada, there can be little doubt that football is a very popular game, too. Although the national men's team rarely qualify for international tournaments, lots of Canadians follow European club soccer. Interest in the European game tends to build up during the qualifying period for the UEFA Euro Championships and this is likely to reach fever pitch by the time the final 24 teams are decided upon and they take to the field in June 2020. Other than knowing that you can place a bet or two on the outcomes of games at an online casino in Canada, what else do you need to find out about the upcoming tournament?

The New Tournament Format

UEFA, the governing body for soccer in Europe, has changed the format for the 2020 championships. This time, it will be staged all over the continent in 12 different cities, including Baku in Azerbaijan and Copenhagen in Denmark. Although previous tournaments have had more than one host country, the new Europe-wide city format marks a break for UEFA. The success of the format, or otherwise, may have a big part to play on future soccer tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup, something that Canada is eligible to qualify for, of course. That said, no widespread changes are planned for the next European Football Championships since Germany has already been selected as the host nation for 2024.

Betting on the Euros 2020

If you are visiting a Canadian online casino or sports betting site, then it may well be worth looking at the odds on which team will win before the tournament kicks off. Odds will soon narrow on the favourites, especially if they start winning their pool games. Largely due to a good World Cup campaign in 2018, England are placed as favourites by many bookmakers even though France won that competition. Perhaps this is related to the fact that England's top striker, Harry Kane, has found some good form for his club side, Tottenham Hotspur, and is also the current favourite to score most goals during the championship at 5 to 1. Cristiano Ronaldo is at 9 to 1 and he may be worth a wager despite playing in his mid-thirties. For even more fun, it is also possible to bet on the winners of each pool, a great way to increase your chances of winning.

Is There Home Advantage?

Although there is no official host nation of the Euros in 2020, some football fans believe England have a big advantage in the competition based upon the way their matches have been organized. England are in Group D and will play all three of their pool matches at Wembley Stadium in London. If they progress from the pool, then a quarter-final in Rome, St. Petersburg or Baku will follow. However, since both semi-finals and the tournament final are slated for Wembley, too, many pundits believe this offers England an enviable chance to play their way to the final in front of their home fans. Only time will tell whether the English team can take utilize this advantage. After all, you have to bear in mind that all of Spain's pool games in Group E will also be contested on Spanish soil. The same goes for the Netherlands in Group C because their three matches will be staged at the world-famous Johan Cruyff stadium in Amsterdam.

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