Euro 2024 Preview Group D

Euro 2024 is starting tonight and a month of excitement is ahead of us. Germany will host the tournament from München to Gelsenkirchen through Frankfurt. Despite some teams having to travel more than others, the tournament promises to be thrilling. Everyone likes the Euros, and Group D is particularly intriguing.

The Netherlands: Injuries and Opportunities

Group Qualification Odds: 1.23 (22bet)

‘Oranje’ would, on any day, be the favourite to advance. The Netherlands has always been among the favourites, but this year presents some challenges.

Injuries have plagued the Dutch squad before the start of the tournament, turning what could have been a formidable midfield into a weakened line-up. Marten De Roon, Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners will miss the tournament due to injuries.

This means that the Dutch will not be the dream team many anticipated, but they still have a favourable draw (excluding France).

The Dutch can count on an in-form Memphis Depay, while Xavi Simons is poised to be one of the team’s main stars. Virgil Van Dijk will lead the backline, accompanied by Manchester City’s Nathan Aké. Although the midfield options may be less inspiring, the defence and the attack still generate excitement. Koeman’s strategy will likely focus on counter-attacking football instead, a style he is comfortable with, as he has never been known for prioritizing midfield control.

France: The Tournament Favorites

Group Winner Odds: 1.55 (22bet)

France is not only the favourite of Group D but also the favourite to win the entire tournament. France’s achievements under Didier Deschamps speak for themselves – a World Cup Final in 2022 and a World Cup victory in 2018. However, the 2020 Euros was a complete disaster for Mbappé and his team, with a penalty miss that saw Switzerland advance to the quarterfinals instead.

This is a memory Mbappé will want to erase. Having just signed for Real Madrid, a lot will be expected from the superstar in this tournament. France will build around him, ensuring he can work his magic. His pace and speed of thought often leave defenders in his wake, and he will be in the spotlight once again. Mbappé can also count on Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid), and Ousmane Dembélé (Paris Saint-Germain) for support, whose mission will be to overload defences and create chances for Mbappé.

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