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Why is the Euro 2021 So Special? Reasons to Bet on the Euro

Following on from the thrills of the FIFA World Cup, which was played in 2018, there is going to be more soccer excitement as the Euro 2021 goes underway with the play-offs for the last 4 places in March and the competition itself in June and July.

This year, the UEFA European Football Championship will include some unique features as it celebrates its 60th birthday:

  • Games will be hosted by 12 countries not 1
  • Competition expanded to 24 qualifying spots
  • The VAR (Video Assistant Referee) will be used for the first time

With the UEFA Champions League in May sandwiched between the Euro 2021 playoffs in March and the start of the group games in June, players in Canada should have no trouble finding decent odds for soccer bets this year at Betiton.

In fact, Euro 2021 itself offers a lot more scope for sports bets as the competition has, for the first time, expanded to include 24 teams in the final group game section. But that’s not all that’s different this year.

In honour of the 60th anniversary of the tournament, games are being held in 12 different cities in countries spread right across Europe: from Azerbaijan in the East to Ireland in the West to Hungary right in between the two.

The Euro 2021 competition will also see the VAR, or Video Assistant Referee system come into play for the first time in this tournament’s history. This is an assistant referee system that reviews decisions taken by the head referee.

Now that the Euro 2021 is so close, this is a great time to take a serious look at the soccer betting options we have at Betiton. Of course, the range of markets that we offer will be an important consideration for Canadian players. 

Betting on the Euro 2021: Markets Explained

‘But what in the world are “markets”,’ you ask? Markets, or betting markets as they’re also known, are the wagers that are offered by a sportsbook. When using a sportsbook, you’ll notice a number of available wagers. 

Those wagers are the betting markets. Betting markets are offered by bookmakers accoring to a condition that needs to be fulfilled for the bet to win. These conditions range from a number of things that occur during the course of a game.

What Markets Can I Bet on?

We have a large number of markets available on our sportsbook. Feel free to browse through them to get a feel of what we offer; in fact, we highly encourage players to do this. However, a few examples of what we offer include:

  • Outright Winner: instead of betting on who the winner of a single match will be, you’ll be betting on who the winner of the entire tournament is going to be.
  • To Qualify Past Group Stage: if you have a favourite team who you think will make it to the knockout stages of the tournament, then maybe you would like to show your support to placing this bet.
  • Top 4 to Finish: this bet requires bettors to correctly guess which of the teams are going to finish in the top 4 positions of the tournament.
  • Top Goal Scorer: for bettors to win this bet, they’ll need to correctly guess which player will score the most goals in a match.

Betting Odds for Euro 2021

When looking for the best odds, it is important that you fully understand what you are looking at. The odds on offer tell you how likely it is that a particular event will occur, and how much you’ll receive if your bet is successful.

Odds are usually given in one of 3 formatsfractional, decimal or American odds. Make sure you choose the format that you understand and that suits you best. All 3 of these formats show the same things in different ways, so choosing one is a matter of preference.

However, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is this: the higher the odds, the higher the risk but the higher the reward. On the other hand, the lower the odds are, the lower the risk and the lower the reward.

When placing any bets at all, you’ll need to keep in mind these two factors and maybe try to balance them out. Would you like to place a risky bet with a potential massive payout? Or do you prefere playing it safe instead?

These are important questions that you should ask yourself whenever you make a bet at Betiton. This is why understanding what the odds mean is so important. Now all that’s left is to explain the odds themselves and how they show your payout.

Reading the Odds: How the Formats Work

The most common sort of odds that Canadian players will encounter is the decimal odds. These are based on numbers and numbers in decimal places, with the lowest possible odds being 1, which indicates a 100% chance of success.

Anything higher than 1 will indicate lower chances of success. To calculate the payout that are indicated by these odds, you’ll need to multiply your bet by the odds and then subtract your original bet from the result of the multiplication. 

Sounds complicated? Well, it isn’t as complicated as it first seems. Let us say that you placed a $10 bet on odds of 2.85. To calculate your payout, all you have to do is the following:

  • 10 x 2.85 = 28.5
  • 28.5 – 10 = 18.5

Therefore, the profit of the bet is $18.50. The next odds format is fractional odds. This uses fractions and there is a rather simple trick that you could use to roughly estimate how high or low the odds are. 

If the higher of the fraction’s numbers is the right one, then the odds are likely low. If, however, the number on the left is the higher one, then the odds are most likely high. To calculate your payout, there’s another simple trick that you could use.

Simply take the right number to mean your bet and the left number to mean the payout. For example, odds of 2/9 mean that for every $9 you wager, your payout will be $2. On the other hand, 9/2 mean that you’ll get $9 for every $2 wagered.

Finally, there are the American odds; these work using a series of numbers, generally in the hundreds. These numbers are either positive or negative, and will show you either of 2 things depending on if they’re positive or negative:

  1. how much you’ll receive for a bet of $100 (positive)
  2. how much you need to bet to receive a payout of $100 (negative)

So, odds of -450 show you that you’ll need to bet $450 to get a return of $100. On the other hand, odds of 450 show you that you’ll receive $450 on a bet of $100. Of course, the more positive the numbers are the higher the odds are, and vice versa.

Gaining the Advantage: Tips & Tipsters

If you’re wondering if you could do something to stand a better chance of winning your bets, there actually is. One of these ways is looking up tips. Tips are pieces of advice given by tipsters, either for free or at a cost.

Tips suggest many things, including which odds to take; who to bet on; on which matches to bet; which league, championship, or tournament to bet on; where to find the best odds; where to find the best bonuses, etc.

Tipsters are people that spend hours upon hours analysing team compositions, player performances, and other such information that helps them guess who stands the best chance of winning in a match. As such, they’re very knowledgeable in sports.

Tips are very useful for players that are just starting out in sports betting because tipsters generally give their reasoning behind their predictions. That way, beginners can start to get an idea of what to look out for when making their own predictions.

It’s for this reason that tips shouldn’t substitute for your own research. Moreover, whilst tipsters are very knowledgeable in sports, they can still overlook an important detail that you may happen to stumble upon.

Moreover, wouldn’t it be more satisfying to place bets according to what you know and what you want to play, and not what other people tell you to play? By all accounts, doing your own research is more favourable than blindly following tips.

Where to Find Tips for Euro 2021?

By simply looking it up on Google (or whichever search engine you prefer). You would be surprised how many tips you’ll find by simply looking them up on the internet. However, since there will be so many, take your time to see which tipsters offer the best advice.

As we have already advised, you should always try to do your own research at the same time as looking up tips. Finally, our best tips are to keep a budget of money you can afford to lose and to make time for other important things in life.

A Historical Background of the UEFA European Championship

The idea for a European Cup tournament in soccer was first suggested by a Frenchman, Henri Delaunay, back in 1927. However, it didn’t get off the ground until 1958, three years after his death.

The first tournament took place in 1960 with the final 4, out of the 17 teams that had initially entered, battling it out for the Delaunay Cup. By 1980, the tournament had grown in popularity so that 8 teams played in the final stages.

The Euro has continued to grow in size, becoming the second biggest football event involving national teams after the FIFA World Cup. It even rivals major club tournaments, such as the English Premier League, in popularity.

It is deliberately staged in a similar 4-year cycle offset from the World Cup by 2 years to avoid clashes. There are now 55 teams battling it out to qualify for 24 places and all hoping to play in the final winner match.

The Format of the UEFA European Championship

The European Championship usually works on a basis of qualifying matches: teams are distributed into groups, and those teams that finish at the top of their group will qualify. Otherwise, teams need to win a playoff to win.

The host team, on the other hand, automatically qualifies—but not this year! For the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Euro, the format will be slightly different. Since there is going to be 12 host countries, all of these hosts must play to qualify.

All 55 of the member states of UEFA are allowed to qualify for the Euro. In fact, all of the UEFA member states applied for the qualification in the Euro 2021, which also marked Kosovo’s first appearance in the European Championship.

However, only 24 out of these 55 will make it through to the actual tournament. The way these 24 teams are decided is rather complicated but we’ll explaining it as simply as we possibly can, so do try your best to follow along.

The first 20 teams are decided through the European Qualifiers, which involves the 55 teams being split into 10 groups of 5 or 6 teams each. These teams play against one another, and the top 2 in each group move on to the Euro.

The European Qualifiers took place between the 21st of March and the 19th of November in 2019. The final 4 teams are chosen through the European Qualifiers Playoffs, which sees 16 teams competing against each other.

The 16 teams of the European Qualifiers Playoffs are chosen according to their performance in the UEFA Nation’s League. The teams are divided into 4 paths, each with 4 teams, and play single-leg semi-finals and finals.

The matches of the European Qualifiers Playoffs were decided in advance at the Play-off Draws, which took place 22nd November, 2019. Once all the 24 teams are decided, they will be distributed into 6 groups of 4 teams

The best 2 teams from each group move onto the next phase. They are joined by 4 other teams, these being the 4 next best teams after the top 12. The following phase is a series of knockout games, starting with the round of 16.

Afterwards, there is the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and the final. The round of 16 is set to take place 26th-29th June; the quarter-finals 2nd-3rd July; the semi-finals 6th-7th July; and the final on 11th July, all in 2021

Who Has Made It in So Far?

The playoffs for the group stage are almost over! The final set of playoffs will take place on the 12th of November, so make sure to catch them and see who the last teams to make it to the group stage. The teams who made it so far are the following:

Group A

  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Wales
  • Switzerland

Group B

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Belgium
  • Russia

Group C

  • Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • Austria
  • Playoff Path D or A* Winner

Group D

  • England
  • Croatia
  • Play-off Path C Winner
  • Czech Republic

Group E

  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Play-off Path B Winner

Group F

  • Play-off Path A or D* Winner
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Germany

Hosting the Euro 2021: Host Cities & Dates

The real action in the 2021 European Championship will come at the start of the group games, with the opening match in Group A being played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 12.

Much like your typical national league, and unlike other international tournaments, the Euro 2021 will be taking place in several stadia.

Together with the remaining 11 venues scattered around Europe all of the games in Groups A to F will be played between June 12 and 24. The stadia are as follows:

CountryCityStadium
EnglandLondonWembley
AzerbaijanBakuBaku Olympic Stadium
GermanyMunichFootball Arena Munich
ItalyRomeStadio Olympico
RussiaSaint PetersburgSt Petersburg Stadium
The NetherlandsAmsterdamJohan Cruijff Arena
SpainBilbaoSan Mames Stadium
RomaniaBucharestNational Arena
HungaryBudapestPuskas Arena
IrelandDublinDublin Arena
ScotlandGlasgowHampden Park
DenmarkCopenhagenParken Stadium

Between June 27 to 30, the Round of 16 games will play out in 8 cities, while the remaining 4 venuesBaku, Munich, Rome, and St. Petersburg—will play host to the quarter-finals on July 3 and 4.

Finally, Wembley, with a maximum capacity of 90,000 fans, will host both the semi-finals and final on July 6/7 and 12, respectively.

The Top Contenders for the Win

After finishing fourth in the FIFA 2018 World Cup, England is looking good in their preparations for the 2021 European Football Championship. They scored a hefty total of 37 goals in their eight qualifier matches.

A total that sees them on par with Italy and only 3 goals behind Belgium’s impressive total of 40, despite both those teams playing two extra matches! Not only that, but England’s forward Harry Kane has impressed by becoming the top goal scorer during the qualifiers.

His tally of 12 goals also saw him finding the net in all eight qualifying games. With the semis and final being hosted ‘at home’ in Wembley, this will be a big draw for English fans.

Could this be the year the Three Lions finally bring home this prize or will the other hot favourite, France, beat them to it? Why not check out the various bets and odds we have available.

The Countries With the Most Euro Wins

To help you get started with your research even further, we are providing 2 tables, one with previous winners and one with the teams with the most wins. 

Feel free to use both the following information, as well as the above information. However, the information we are providing should not substitute for your own!

TeamWinsWinning DatesRunners-UpRunners-Up Dates
Germany31972, 1980, 199631976, 1992, 2008
Spain31964, 2008, 201211984
France21984, 200012016
Italy1196822000, 2012

Who Has Previous Won the Euro? 5 Previous Winners

YearWinnerFinal ScoreRunner UpVenue
2016Portugal1 – 0FranceStade de France
2012Spain4 – 0ItalyOlimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
2008Spain1 – 0GermanyErnst-Happel-Stadion
2004Greece1 – 0PortugalEstádio da Luz
2000France2 – 1ItalyDe Kuip

Betiton’s Selection of Bonuses for Canadian Players

At Betiton, we want our players to enjoy their time playing and betting with us. That’s why we have a great offer for all new sports bettors from Canada. Simply sign up, create your account, make a first deposit, and check out the variety of betting markets and odds we have available for soccer and a wide range of other sports.

Then, place your first wager of at least $15 on any sporting event and we’ll give you a $10 bonus bet on top of it. There are a few terms and conditions attached though; we highly suggest reading our terms and conditions, as well as our bonus policy, both of which can be found in the footer of all of our pages.

The main point to note is that you are not allowed to split your bonus bet. The whole $10 must be placed in a single wager—but there’s nothing to stop you using it for a parlay bet! Why not put your soccer knowledge to the test and take some of our Euro 2021 odds today?

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To help you enjoy your time at Betiton, every player is automatically enrolled in our 7-tier Loyalty Club. Collect loyalty points in our casino and move up the levels for bigger and better rewards.

Our Loyalty Programme can grant players anything from birthday bonuses to Sunday Spins to higher deposit and withdrawal limits. Do consult our Loyalty Programme scheme to understand all the terms and conditions attached.

Make Safe & Secure Transactions at Betiton

We understand that players can often feel nervous about depositing at a new casino, worrying about whether your bucks are safe. That’s why at Betiton we only use tried and tested payment providers.

We offer a wide range of methods, from cards like Visa and Mastercard, to eWallets like Skrill and Trustly through to wire and Interac e-transfers, so that you can choose the method that suits you best.

Payment Method Deposit Time (Days)Withdraw Time (Days)
Master CardInstant4-6
VisaInstant4-6
SkrillInstant3
NetellerInstant3

Deposits are subject to a minimum limit of $10 and a maximum of $5000 per transaction. They are instantaneous for most methods, bar Interac (up to 24 hours). Withdrawals are subject to the same minimum limit of $10 and a maximum of $7000 per month.

Depending on how high you are in the loyalty programme, these limits are subject to change. Withdrawals are also subject to a 48-hour pending period (during which you can cancel your request). Verifying your account in advance will see things run more smoothly.

On the Go? Bet From Your Mobile or Tablet

These days, practically everyone accesses the internet for work and pleasure, at home and while out and about. Getting access to your favourite casino games or sports betting options should be no exception.

That’s why we have built our site from the ground up to be robustly and entirely mobile compatible. To provide our players from Canada with a top-quality sports betting experience we use SBtech software.

While we don’t have a dedicated app at present, our casino site and sportsbook are both fully mobile optimized. Simply use your mobile browser to access our site. This means that you can check the latest odds, place a wager, or simply keep a close eye on the action no matter where you are.

We’ve ensured the overall design is sleek and simple, making it easy to navigate your way around the site by using drop-down menus to keep your screens clean and uncluttered.

Get the Customer Support You Deserve at Betiton

While we’ve built a robust site, we know that sometimes things can go wrong. In cases like this, or even if you just have a question, we understand that being able to easily get in touch can go a long way to building customer confidence.

That’s why our friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff are on hand via live chat and email every day from 08.00 am to 00.00 am CET.

They can answer any queries and solve any issues to get you back up and running as soon as possible. What’s more, we offer this service in eight different languages!

Enjoy Your Gaming Responsibly 

We want to make sure you enjoy your time at Betiton and that you have a safe and secure gambling experience. To this end, we are licensed by both the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

These two bodies are known to have some of the strictest regulations in the business regarding fair gaming and player security. And casinos must adhere to these if they want to retain their licenses.

One of the other issues that must be taken seriously is that of responsible gaming. For a start, all players must be 18 years of age or above. More importantly, gambling should be fun. Players and casinos must be gamble aware.

If the fun stops, then you should also stop. To help you, we offer you the ability to set loss limits, game-time limits and to self-exclude from our site for as long as you need. We also provide links to helplines in Canada that you can for help and advice.

EURO 2021 Betting FAQs

Where is Euro 2021 going to be held?

The Euro 2021 is going to be held in 12 different nations, all of which are UEFA member states. These nations are the following: Azerbaijan, Germany, Romania, Spain, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Denmark, England, and Italy.

Why is Euro 2021 in different countries?

This is being done to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the UEFA European Championship. According to Michel Platini, the president of UEFA, the Euro 2021 is ‘a “romantic” way of celebrating the 60th birthday of the tournament’.

How often does the Euros happen?

The European Championship takes place every 4 years. It takes place in between the 4 years of the World Cup so that these two monumental tournaments don’t clash.

Has Euro 2020 been postponed?

Yes, the Euro 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. The tournament is set to begin on the 11th of June, 2021.

Who are the favourites to win the Euros?

There are good number of teams that can be considered the favourites to win the Euro 2021. These include: England, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. Feel free to use this information, but we still highly suggest doing your own research behind these teams.

Sources Used:

  1. Official: EURO 2020: all you need to know about the tournament – UEFA
  2. Official Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship, 2018-20 – UEFA
  3. Uefa to expand Euro Championship – BBC

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