Euro 2024 qualifying gets underway from Thursday 23rd March and all eyes will be on group C as Italy, England and Ukraine battle it out for a place in the tournament next June.
Italy will be hurting after winning the last European Championships and then failing to qualify for the World Cup last year. The Italians will be looking to bounce back from this and look to retain their title in Germany at the European Championships in 2024.
England will once again be disappointed they haven’t landed a major tournament since 1996, coming so close in the last Euros, losing to Italy and then losing to France in the World Cup.
Germany are the favourites for Euro 2024 with home advantage and they always seem to perform on the big stage when it matters.
Finally, you can never underestimate the French who won the World Cup in 2018 and runners up in 2022, and it’s clear they have some excellent young players which can be on show next year.
Looking at the current outright odds for Euro 2024, the value Punters.pub bet would be to take Italy at 13/1 with Unibet to win back to back Euros. At the odds, there is no way they should be double the price of Germany and France.
England are current favourites to win qualifying group C and open their campaign with a tough game in Italy on Thursday 23rd March. A repeat of the Euro 2021 final will take place in Italy and expect this to be a cracking game of football.
England should have Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka fit and ready for action and these top players will be looking for revenge against the team that beat them in the last Euro final.
For Italy, they have seen an upturn in domestic football with Napoli, AC Milan and Inter Milan all doing well in the Champions League this season. With some young talent coming through, they will be looking to kick-start this campaign with a win.
Ukraine are the other notable side in Group C, but apart from Zinchenko from Arsenal and Mudryk at Chelsea, there is little that should worry Italy or England.
Following out Punters.pub Euro 2024 ante-post selection, our best bet for Euro 2024 qualifying Group C winner is Italy at 5/4 with William Hill. After England’s exertions at World Cup 2022 and the defeat to Italy, it could take England a while to come back to the levels of previous qualifying campaigns.
If we look at Italy against England in the Nations League then with Italy coming out on top, it bodes well for them that they have the edge over England and to start with a home game and confidence from the domestic league season, the value selection to win qualifying group C is Italy.
With the English players having a tough Premier League schedule and also many of them competing in European football, the quick turnaround for a match away in Italy may come a little too early. The schedule of matches looks to be in favour of the Italians and after beating England in Euro 2021 final, then beating England 1-0 in September 2022 in Nations League with a goal from Raspadori, Italy can maintain their good record against England.
|Italy||5/4 William Hill|