After weeks of top international football action, we now know the two finalists of the Euro 2020 tournament. Italy overcame Spain to secure their spot, while England, of course, defeated Denmark to make a little bit of history.
But, which of the sides will ultimately be victorious? A quick look at some betting odds might give us a sense of the general feeling that is developing around the match.
Who will win?
An idea of England and Italy’s odds to win UEFA Euro 2020 can be found at sites such as Betfair. The brand’s exchange includes several outright markets related to the tournament, including odds on the country that could ultimately win it. According to Betfair, England is s the most popular option as the Euro 2020 winner at this moment but we will only know for sure at the final.
Players on both sides will be keen to write their names into footballing folklore when the final comes around, but it is interesting to note how England has a strong contingent of players from the top Manchester clubs. So, could a player from either City or United ultimately have a key influence on efforts to ensure football comes home?
A major presence
At this point, any discussion about Manchester-based players in the England squad has to begin with a reference to Raheem Sterling. The City forward has been a major presence, scoring three goals so far and also playing a key role in the semi-final against Denmark. It is also worth noting that he is currently the most popular option to be UEFA Best Player of the Tournament at Betfair.
England’s strong defence also has a major Manchester feel to it. City’s John Stones and Kyle Walker have played their part in keeping things tight at the back, while Harry Maguire has also shown great form following his return from injury. The Manchester United star also grabbed a goal during the victory over Ukraine in Rome.
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Another player who has had a major influence is United left-back Luke Shaw. According to worldfootball.net, the defender has three assists to his name so far and is joint second in the rankings. Finally, another couple of players who will be hoping to influence the outcome are City youngster Phil Foden and United forward Marcus Rashford. Both have made appearances in the tournament, but could the final be their time to really shine?
Time to make history
The entire England squad has put in an incredible level of effort across the past few weeks, with some of the Manchester-based stars having a particularly big impact on proceedings. Others are also waiting in the wings to have their say on events as well.
It will be interesting to see how the final ultimately plays out and whether Sterling or another Manchester-related star can write themselves into English footballing history. The excitement around the Wembley date is likely to reach a fever pitch in the days ahead.