Portugal odds: To win Euro 2020, how far will they go, top scorer and more
Portugal head into this summer’s European Championships looking to retain the title they won in France five years ago.
After years of underperformance on the international stage, Fernando Santos’ men finally ended their long wait for a major trophy, beating hosts France 1-0 in the 2016 final after grinding out a path through the group stages and knockout rounds.
Since then, the Seleção have gone from strength to strength, bringing home another piece of silverware in the form of the inaugural Uefa Nations League, while they also sealed qualification for this tournament, though they could only manage a second-place finish behind Ukraine, who went unbeaten across eight matches.
So, can Cristiano Ronaldo and Co inspire yet more international greatness from Portugal?
Portugal Euro 2020 odds
Though they are one of the heavyweights at this summer’s tournament, Portugal have been drawn into the proverbial ‘group of death’ alongside world champions France — who will surely still be holding a grudge for 2016 — and perennial tournament contenders Germany, while Hungary complete the four-team line-up.
Despite their status as holders, Santos’ side come behind France and Germany in the outright tournament favourites list, pricing at 8/1 with Bet365, though that still places them among the main contenders.
Any team with Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks is always going to have a chance at greatness, but with a supporting cast that includes the likes of Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Andre Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias, it’s easy to see why so many fancy them to retain their title. If they managed that, they would become just the second nation to do so after Spain in 2012.
“Most definitely. I feel that in terms of quality, in terms of players with ability and playing for top teams, this Portuguese squad is up there with the best,” centre-back Jose Fonte told Squawka when asked if he’s confident of Portugal going far at Euro 2020.
“We feel confident. We certainly feel we can compete. We’re not favourites but we’re not scared of anyone. We can win any game against anybody.”
Portugal’s potential path to Euro 2020 final
Portugal were drawn into Group F, which quickly became the ‘group of death’ with world champions France and tournament heavyweights Germany also drawn into the group.
Portugal kick off their Euro 2020 group stage against Hungary in Budapest, followed by a clash with Germany in Munich before returning to the Puskas Arena for a grudge match against France.
Portugal Euro 2020 group stage fixtures
15 June 2021: Hungary vs Portugal (5pm, UK time)
19 June 2021: Portugal vs Germany (5pm, UK time)
23 June 2021: Portugal vs France (8pm, UK time)
If Portugal win Group F
Though not favourites to do so, it’s easy to imagine Portugal winning Group F. This would be their route through to the final if they did.
Last 16: The third-placed side Group A/B/C (likely contenders for which are Wales, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, Ukraine, Austria) in Budapest on June 28.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Last-16 match 5, which is played between the runner-up of Group D (England/Croatia expected) and the Group E runners-up (Sweden/Poland expected).
Semi-finals: The winner of the quarter-final will player either the winner of Group A (Italy favourites), winner of Group B (Belgium favourites), runners-up of Group C (Ukraine or Austria expected) or a third-placed side from Group A/D/E/F.
If Portugal qualify from Group F
If Portugal don’t win Group F, and merely qualify as they are 1/5 to do with Sky Bet, it could become a lot more complicated.
Last 16: The winner of Group D, which could be any of England, Croatia, Scotland or Czech Republic in London on June 29.
Quarter Finals: The winner of Last-16 match 8, which is played between the winner of Group E (which includes Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia) and the third place in A/B/C/D (likely contenders for which are Wales, Turkey, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, Ukraine and Austria).
Semi-finals: The winner of that Quarter Final will play the winner of Quarter Final Match 3, which will likely be the winner of Group C (expected to be the Netherlands) or runners-up from Group A/B.
If Portugal finish third in their group and do enough to be the top of the third-placed teams, they would play the winner of Group B and then join the path they’d take if they won Group B (talk about over-complicating things!).
Portugal Golden Boot odds
With over 100 international goals to his name already — not to mention the 700-mark fast approaching at club level — it’s little surprise to see Cristiano Ronaldo priced as Portugal’s favourite to win the Euro 2020 Golden Boot. At just 10/1, he’s the fourth favourite for the entire tournament, behind Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Kylian Mbappe. Eintracht Frankfurt marksman Andre Silva is Portugal’s second-best price at 66/1.
In what is sure to be his final European Championships, you wouldn’t put it past Cristiano Ronaldo putting Portugal on his back and firing his nation to more international success. If you fancy the Juventus forward’s chances, Paddy Power are offering 25/1 for Portugal to win the Euros and Ronaldo to win the Golden Boot.