Euro 2020 Daily Report: Sterling aiming to end Euros on a high

England forward Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is favourite to win UEFA's player of the tournament at Euro 2020

As Euro 2020 draws to a close, there are several issues still up for grabs. Here's how the key markets are looking ahead of Sunday's final between Italy and England.

"For those players still hoping to end the tournament as a European champion, Raheem Sterling leads the market to be named player of the tournament at 3.1511/5 on the exchange."

Sterling raises his standards to a new level

Now that we are down to the final two teams, the market to win UEFA's player of the tournament award continues to narrow. Historically, the recipient of the accolade has come from the winning team, will that trend continue this summer?

Denmark's skipper Simon Kjaer is the only player not involved in Sunday's final to be found near the top of the betting market. His legacy will live forever for his quick reactions that helped saved the life of his team-mate Christian Eriksen and Kjaer can be backed at 40.039/1 to be the tournament's best player.

Germany's Matthias Sammer won the first ever Euros player of the tournament in 1996. Zinedine Zidane, Theo Zagorakis, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Antoine Griezmann have all won the award since.

For those still hoping to end the tournament as a European champion, Raheem Sterling leads the market at 3.1511/5 to take the award. It's been a superb summer for Sterling who has scored three goals and was only denied a fourth when Kjaer's own goal gave England their semi-final equaliser.

Sterling's chance of winning the Golden Boot may be fading, but if he can help Harry Kane be the leading scorer, then the Manchester City forward might well have an award waiting for him.

As for Kane, he will hope to do what Antoine Griezmann did five years ago when the Frenchman claimed both the Golden Boot and the player of the tournament award. Kane, who needs two goals to avoid finishing the tournament in a dead heat for the leading scorer award, is 5.04/1 to win the best player award.

Nine players have won the European Championship and Champions League in the same season. Jorginho is one of four Chelsea players hoping to complete the double this summer.

In the blue corner, Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has played his way into the conversation to be UEFA's best player at Euro 2020. The 29-year-old showed great composure to roll his semi-final winning penalty into the bottom corner to book Italy's place in the final. Another commanding performance at Wembley on Sunday could see him presented with the individual accolade where he can be backed at 9.89/1.

Another candidate for the honour is Italian skipper Giorgio Chiellini at 11.010/1. The effervescent centre-half has played the tournament with a constant smile on his face which is refreshing to see. The way in which he and his fellow defenders celebrate when they thwart their opponents from scoring is great to see and we can only imagine how big his smile would be if the Azzurri were to win the final and he hoisted the Henri Delaunay trophy above his head.

Donnarumma closing in on solo accolade

The battle to win the young player of the tournament is still up for grabs. Will it be Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, or Spanish midfielder Pedri or could England's exciting winger Buyako Saka take the accolade?

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Italy manager Roberto Mancini can consider himself lucky to have such a dependable goalkeeper in Donnarumma. The Milan shot stopper is top of the market ahead of the final and the 22-year-old can be backed at 1.875/6 to be named young player of the tournament.

Donnarumma kept clean sheets in the first three games, but he has been beaten in each of the three knockout matches. However, in the six matches Donnarumma has been between the posts, he has only been beaten once in open play during normal time when Alvaro Morata scored for Spain in the semi-final.

A clean sheet will not guarantee an Italian victory on Sunday, as a goalless draw will lead to a penalty shootout but measuring 6ft 4", Donnarumma will be a difficult man to beat if the final ends up being decided by a penalty shootout.

Spain's Pedri didn't get to take a spot kick in the semi-final, but his performance belied an 18-year-old playing his first season in senior football. Pedri is a 2.767/4 option on the exchange to return to Barcelona as the best young player of Euro 2020.

Saka would be a popular choice in north London if the Arsenal man was named young player of Euro 2020. England's young Gunner has stepped up to the highest level with aplomb. The 19-year-old has a tremendous career ahead of him and helping the Three Lions win their first ever European Championship would fill Saka with confidence. Saka is 12.5 to win the best young player award.

Can Chiellini or Shaw complete the set?

Whatever happens on Sunday, Euro 2020 will be regarded as one of best tournaments ever to be held. There's one match left to play and in the 50 played so far, only two have failed to produce a goal. England's 0-0 draw with Scotland followed Spain's drab draw with Sweden four days earlier.

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Goals have flown in left, right and centre with an average 2.8 goals per game. But the one thing missing from this summer's festival of football has been a goal by a player wearing the number three shirt. Squads were increased to 26 players to allow for positive Covid tests and at least one goal has been scored by a player wearing numbers two to 26.

Italy need one more to set a new record for the number of goals scored at a World Cup or European Championship.

As expected players wearing shirts number nine and 10 lead the way with 19 goals each, with number sevens accounting for 16 goals. But no player wearing number three has found the back of the net, yet. The only two players capable of changing that narrative are Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and England's Luke Shaw. Both like to get forward so it's not beyond the realms of possibility for either or both could score in the final.

Chiellini thought he had scored the first goal of the tournament a month ago, but his header in a 3-0 win over Turkey was disallowed following a VAR check. The Italian skipper is always a threat at corners and he will be looking for an inch of space to get an effort on target on Sunday night. Chiellini is 14/1 to be an anytime scorer and 5/1 to have at least one attempt on target.

Shaw needs one more assist to draw level with Switzerland's Steven Zuber for the most at Euro 2020. Shaw has provided three scoring passes in England's run to the final as his partnership with Raheem Sterling on the left hand side continues to provide chance after chance.

Getting forward as often as Shaw does, he cannot be ruled out for popping up with a goal or at least a shot on target. Shaw is 25/1 to score any time in 90 minutes and 5/1 to have an effort on target. The Manchester United defender is also 11/2 to get that fourth assist of the tournament which could help football complete its 55-year journey home.

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