England women prepare for Euro 2022: what you should know ahead of the big kick-off

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The men got their chance to shine at the delayed Euro 2020 football competition played in summer, now it’s the turn of England women’s team when they enter Euro 2022. Gareth Southgate’s side battled their way to the final before losing to Italy on penalties at Wembley Stadium. Will Sarina Wiegman’s Three Lionesses go one further? Fans of English football certainly hope so, and the squad looks strong enough.

The top bookmakers around the world are betting on Euro 2022, from the high-street betting offices in London to the best Canadian sportsbooks. They give bettors and armchair fans an opportunity to back their predictions, offering several exciting outright markets as well as over 100 pre-match and in-play options. There’s more than enough to keep you busy when the play gets underway. Bet smart and you could land a profit while cheering your picks all the way to the trophy.

England play host to the best teams in Europe

England will be the host nation for Euro 2020 as 16 teams arrive in the United Kingdom intent on lifting the trophy. This hotly anticipated tournament begins on 6 July with the opening ceremony followed by game one and the fixtures come thick and fast before the final on the final day of July.

The deciding match to settle the Euro 2022 champion is scheduled for Wembley Stadium in London, the home of English football. Will the locals be involved, or will England suffer the hurt of watching the last match as spectators? 10 stadiums from eight host cities will play a part in the competition.

 

  • Wembley Stadium
  • Brentford Community Stadium
  • Old Trafford
  • Manchester City Academy Stadium
  • Bramall Lane
  • St Mary’s Stadium
  • Falmer Stadium
  • Stadium MK
  • New York Stadium
  • Leigh Sports Village

 

The 16 teams set to take part are;

 

  • England
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Iceland
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • Northern Ireland

The groups have been drawn

The draw has been made for the group phase, and we have some exciting matches ahead, including a battle of Britain that promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats. England was pulled from the bowl and added to Group A alongside Northern Ireland, Norway and Austria. This will be a round-robin format with each team playing every other in their group once. The top highest-ranking sides, after three games, progress to the knockout rounds.

As the home nation, England will have the honour of playing the first match and will look to get off to a winning start, chalking up three points at the earliest opportunity. The Lionesses will want to hit the front early then defend their position. They meet Austria to bring the curtain up at Old Trafford on 6th July before facing Norway at the home of Premier League side Brighton. They sign off the group stage with a match against Northern Ireland at the base of Southampton.

What the bookies say

Traders at the top licensed online bookmakers have had their say on how they expect Euro 2020 to play out. Despite several respected pundits predicting a competitive competition, the bookies are standing firm with their call.

The early betting, which is available following the draw for the group stages, has England as one of the hot favourites. They are joined by a few other big hitters, including Germany and Netherlands. There will be betting available on the winner, name the finalists, stage of elimination and other markets designed to give you an interest in summer.

Women’s Euros stats

The women’s European Championship stats show the Netherlands are the current champions, having won Euro 2017 thanks to a 4-2 win over Denmark when hosting. An interesting stat is that Germany has won this tournament eight times from the dozen finals played so far. Their last victory came with a 1-0 win over Norway in Sweden in 2013.

Like the men’s team, England women have never won the Euros, despite hosting in 2005. They have ended as runners up on two occasions, the opener in 1984 when losing on penalties to Sweden and then in 2009, hammered 6-2 by Germany in Finland.

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