Football Park’s Euro 2024 Predictions
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Football Park’s Euro 2024 Predictions

13/06/24 11:01

The first game of Euro 2024 kicks off tomorrow, and the fate of 24 national teams will be decided over 51 games before the European champions are crowned on the 14th July. But at Football Park, we have already crowned our European champions, as well as the runners-up and whole host of other titles. Here are the official Football Park Euro 2024 predictions.

Winner

Unsurprisingly, England are one of the favourites at Football Park with Cameron, Lily, Harry, Ashley, Charlie, and Luca all optimistic about the Three Lions’ chances at the tournament.

Many of us however do not share in that optimism, as I have predicted France to win the Euros, along with Alex, Joe, Reece, Patrick, and Jordan. Les Bleus reached the World Cup final two years ago, beating England along the way, and if the Group Stage goes the way that many believe it to, then England and France will meet before the final again.

Isaac has decided to back the German hosts to win this tournament. They have looked strong in recent internationals under Julian Nagelsmann and so are definitely contenders this time around.

Prediction: England (x6), France (x6), Germany (x1).

Runner-Up

There is a bit more variety on display here as four teams have been predicted to come second in the tournament. The only nation that appears here but not in the list of potential winners is Spain.

Over recent international tournaments, Spain have tended to disappoint, but things do look promising for them heading into the Euros this time around, despite being drawn into the group of death with Italy, Croatia and Albania.

Isaac and Patrick have both predicted England to lose in the final for the second European Championship in a row. That would be painful.

Prediction: Germany (x5), France (x4), Spain (x2), England (x2).

Top Scorer

I think deciding who will score the most goals was the easiest box to fill for most of us, with Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann the only three players to make the list.

Patrick is the only person backing someone other than Kane or Mbappe, as he believes that Griezmann has what it takes to replicate his 2018 World Cup form, especially after coming off the back of a 16 goal season in La Liga.

Kane and Mbappe’s goal scoring abilities have been evident for a few years now, and as many of us think that England and France are two teams that will make it far in this tournament, they were the easy choices for this award.

Prediction: Harry Kane (x6), Kylian Mbappe (x6), Antoine Griezmann (x1)

Player of the Tournament

Despite having six nominations for Top Scorer in the tournament, Kane doesn’t have a single one for Player of the Tournament. Mbappe has four, the most for any one player and Griezmann has two.

Both Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham were also predicted to win Player of the Tournament, keeping the English optimism high.

I decided to go with Pedri to win this award. Despite only starting 16 games in an injury hit season for him, the 21-year-old is very important for this Spain side, and as I have predicted them to come second, I think it’s only sensible to choose one of their players as the Player of the Tournament.

Prediction: Kylian Mbappe (x4), Antoine Griezmann (x2), Phil Foden (x2), Jude Bellingham (x1), Jeremie Frimpong (x1), Jamal Musiala (x1), Pedri (x1)

Biggest Overachievers

For some reason, this prediction seems to have been done in pairs. Every nominated team has been nominated twice, except for Austria.

I went with Hungary, as did Patrick, as they recently went on a 14 game unbeaten run, which included their entire qualifying campaign. While they did recently lose in a friendly against Ireland, international friendlies rarely tell us anything about how teams will perform in major tournaments.

Cameron and Jordan both chose Scotland as their potential overachievers. They are alongside Hungary in Group A and face Germany in the opening game. They have some strong Premier League talent in their squad so it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that they qualify for the knockout stages.

Joe and Isaac think that Serbia will have a good tournament, which is unsurprising considering their squad. They recently beat Sweden 3-0 and face England in their opening group game.

Prediction: Czechia (x2), Georgia (x2), Hungary (x2), Poland (x2), Scotland (x2), Serbia (x2), Austria (x1)

Biggest Underachievers

There was a bit more agreement in this category, with five of us, including myself, choosing Italy to be the biggest underachievers. Having won the tournament last time around, they have been drawn in a group containing Spain, Croatia and Albania. I think they will finish second in that group, but be knocked out by Hungary in the next round.

Portugal were the only other team to be selected more than once, by both Lily and Patrick. They do have a habit of getting knocked out earlier than expected, but they should finish top of their group which would give them a more favourable Round of 16 draw.

Joe is one of the only journalists at Football Park that hasn’t bought into the England hype, and has actually predicted them to be the biggest underachievers in this tournament. To be honest, I can see it happening.

Prediction: Italy (x5), Portugal (x2), Belgium (x1), Croatia (x1), England (x1), France (x1), Netherlands (x1), Spain (x1)

Our Final Predictions

Here are all of our predictions for the tournament:

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