Euro 2024

Group B Stat Pack: Best bets for Spain, Croatia, Italy & Albania

Spain fans wave their flags in support of their side
Spain are favourites to top Group B and should compete for the trophy

Continuing our group stage analysis for EURO 2024, Jamie Kemp is on hand to preview the state of play in Group B and recommend some bets, led by a 20/121.00 shout for the young player of the tournament award...

Betfair are offering customers a chance to earn a free bet each time the side they back to win Euro 2024 (£10 stake) scores a goal during the group stages. Do you opt for a side who is likely to go deep, like France, or, is your faith in a Portugal side who banged in 36 goals in 10 qualifying matches?

Romelu Lukaku is toward the top of the Golden Boot market after finishing the qualifying campaign as the top scorer with 14 goals - that was 64% of Belgium's 22 goals, so could he and the Red Devils be the side to back with the offer in mind?

Perhaps it is an outsider you fancy to surprise us all - like the much fancied Austria, Hungary or Ukraine, and a few goals in their opening three games could well pay you back for your faith in them before the tournament, and hope their big price takes you all the way!

Make sure you opt-in on the Betfair Sportsbook before the opening game and place a £10 bet (or £5 EW) in the Winner market to qualify!

Spain - 7/18.00 to win Euro 2024

Key Player - Rodri

The Goalscorer - Alvaro Morata

The Shooter - Nico Williams

The Fouler - Dani Carvajal

The Creator - Pedri

The Dictator/Passer - Rodri

The One to watch - Lamine Yamal

As the odds on favourites to clinch Group B, Luis de la Fuente's Spain need little introduction as a force to be reckoned with this summer. In the previous edition of the EUROs back in 2021, La Roja were just a penalty shootout away from making the final, having taken eventual winners Italy to the brink in a game they had dominated territorially.

From Luis Enrique then to Luis de la Fuente now, you can still largely expect Spain to approach tournaments in their classic style of recent decades. They want as much of the ball as possible, the monopoly on action in the penalty areas, and will aim for their control of events to eventually sap the legs and spirit of their opponents. There are, however, a few key distinctions to be made between the two coaches and how they go about things.

While still being keen to dominate the ball and resulting territory, this version of Spain are more direct than we've been used to. De la Fuente's side get into attacks quicker and they're not worried about playing into the box earlier, unlike Luis Enrique's team at the 2022 World Cup who were ultra patient in their circulation. Spain had three games with over 900 completed passes in the 2022 tournament, and only managed to win one of them.

We've still seen plenty of sky-high possession figures under De la Fuente, but the way of playing feels less midfielder-dominant now. Where, for example, Spain were eliminated from the 2022 World Cup against Morocco having opted for a 'false nine' in the form of Marco Asensio, you can expect this summer's side to be more direct and forceful in the way they approach games, as opposed to the pursuit of control at all costs.

One of the biggest differences in the current playing squad compared to previous years is the arrival of a host of fleet-footed wide players. Their pass-fest at the World Cup had plenty to do with Luis Enrique's style, but they also lacked threat on the flanks and players who could generate advantages in one-v-one situations. Here in 2024, Spain should have fewer reasons to get caught in endless spells of circulating from side to side.

Spanish La Liga - Top 5 Assists

Player Team Assists
Álex Baena Villarreal 14
Nico Williams Athletic Club 11
Savinho Girona 10
Iago Aspas Celta Vigo 10
Ilkay Gündogan Barcelona 9
Raphinha Barcelona 9
Artem Dovbyk Girona 8
Robert Lewandowski Barcelona 8
Miguel Gutiérrez Girona 8
Yan Couto Girona 8
Toni Kroos Real Madrid 8
Federico Valverde Real Madrid 7
Mason Greenwood Getafe 7
Diego Rico Real Sociedad 7
Viktor Tsyhankov Girona 7
Aleix García Girona 6
Jesús Areso Osasuna 6
Diego López Valencia 6
Alexander Sørloth Villarreal 6
Antoine Griezmann Atlético 6
Luka Modric Real Madrid 6
Brais Méndez Real Sociedad 6
Brahim Díaz Real Madrid 6
Gerard Moreno Villarreal 6
Lucas Vázquez Real Madrid 6
Jude Bellingham Real Madrid 6
Lamine Yamal Barcelona 5
Portu Getafe 5
Sergi Darder Mallorca 5
Rodrigo De Paul Atlético 5
Saúl Ñíguez Atlético 5
Samuel Lino Atlético 5
Rodrigo Riquelme Atlético 5
Rodrygo Real Madrid 5
Lucas Robertone Almería 5
Willian José Betis 5
Dani Parejo Villarreal 5
Gorka Guruzeta Athletic Club 5
Oihan Sancet Athletic Club 5
Isco Betis 5
Largie Ramazani Almería 5
Óscar De Marcos Athletic Club 5
Vinícius Júnior Real Madrid 5
Manu Sánchez Celta Vigo 5
Fran García Real Madrid 5
Luis Rioja Alavés 4
Marcos Llorente Atlético 4
Dani Rodríguez Mallorca 4
Iván Martín Girona 4
Jon Guridi Alavés 4
Sergio Ruiz Granada 4
Koke Atlético 4
Alex Berenguer Athletic Club 4
Sergio Arribas Almería 4
Fran Pérez Valencia 4
João Cancelo Barcelona 4
Luca de la Torre Celta Vigo 4
Adrià Pedrosa Sevilla 4
Takefusa Kubo Real Sociedad 4
Suso Sevilla 4
Jonathan Viera Las Palmas 4
Carlos Vicente Alavés 4
Isaac Romero Sevilla 4
Jørgen Strand Larsen Celta Vigo 3
Javi Muñoz Las Palmas 3
Lucas Ocampos Sevilla 3
Gonzalo Villar Granada 3
Gerard Gumbau Granada 3
Iñaki Williams Athletic Club 3
Mikel Oyarzabal Real Sociedad 3
Jon Moncayola Osasuna 3
Álvaro Morata Atlético 3
Javi López Alavés 3
Mikel Merino Real Sociedad 3
Cristhian Stuani Girona 3
Álex Sola Real Sociedad 3
Lucas Boyé Granada 3
João Félix Atlético 3
Alejandro Catena Osasuna 3
Johan Mojica Osasuna 3
Nahuel Molina Atlético 3
Dani Carvajal Real Madrid 3
Alberto Moleiro Las Palmas 3
Sandro Ramírez Las Palmas 3
Roger Martí Cádiz 3
Chimy Ávila Osasuna 3
Marc Pubill Almería 3
Ander Herrera Athletic Club 3
William Carvalho Betis 3
Alfonso Pedraza Villarreal 3
Luiz Henrique Betis 3
Óscar Mingueza Celta Vigo 2
Munir El Haddadi Las Palmas 2
Hugo Duro Valencia 2
Kirian Rodríguez Las Palmas 2
Adri Embarba Almería 2
Carlos Neva Granada 2
Manu Morlanes Mallorca 2
Cyle Larin Mallorca 2
Sergi Cardona Las Palmas 2
Jules Koundé Barcelona 2
Unai López Vallecano 2
Daley Blind Girona 2
Joselu Real Madrid 2
Youssef En-Nesyri Sevilla 2
Kike García Alavés 2
Ante Budimir Osasuna 2
Pablo Ibáñez Osasuna 2
Ángel Correa Atlético 2
Ilias Akhomach Villarreal 2
Thierry Correia Valencia 2
Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid 2
Hamari Traoré Real Sociedad 2
Marvin Park Las Palmas 2
Andreas Christensen Barcelona 2
Javi Hernández Cádiz 2
Igor Zubeldia Real Sociedad 2
Rubén García Osasuna 2
Iván Alejo Cádiz 2
Rubén Peña Osasuna 2
Jesús Navas Sevilla 2
Ferran Torres Barcelona 2
Vedat Muriqi Mallorca 2
Arsen Zakharyan Real Sociedad 2
Carles Aleñá Getafe 2
Antonio Puertas Granada 2
Jonathan Bamba Celta Vigo 2
Alberto Moreno Villarreal 2
Sergi Canós Valencia 2
Íñigo Lekue Athletic Club 2
Marc Roca Betis 2
Pablo Torre Girona 2
Juanlu Sánchez Sevilla 2
Antonio Raíllo Mallorca 2
Ronald Araujo Barcelona 2
Gonzalo Escalante Cádiz 2
César Azpilicueta Atlético 2
Raúl de Tomás Vallecano 2
Pedri Barcelona 2
José Gayà Valencia 2
Juan Iglesias Getafe 2
Pablo Maffeo Mallorca 2
Ianis Hagi Alavés 2
Arnau Martínez Girona 2
Aihen Muñoz Real Sociedad 2
Bryan Zaragoza Granada 2
Marcos Acuña Sevilla 2
Kieran Tierney Real Sociedad 2
Dani Ceballos Real Madrid 2
Ramon Terrats Villarreal 2
Nabil Fekir Betis 2
Johnny Cardoso Betis 2
Gonçalo Guedes Villarreal 2
Damián Suárez Getafe 2
Sheraldo Becker Real Sociedad 2
Pablo Fornals Betis 2
Sergi Roberto Barcelona 2
Giuliano Simeone Alavés 2
Ilaix Moriba Getafe 2
Héctor Fort Barcelona 2
Damián Rodríguez Celta Vigo 2
Chris Ramos Cádiz 1
Pepelu Valencia 1
Isi Palazón Vallecano 1
Florian Lejeune Vallecano 1
Mika Mármol Las Palmas 1
Rubén Alcaraz Cádiz 1
Javi Guerra Valencia 1
Samu Omorodion Alavés 1
Jaime Mata Getafe 1
Raúl García Osasuna 1
Samú Costa Mallorca 1
Abdón Prats Mallorca 1
Enzo Loiodice Las Palmas 1
Giovanni González Mallorca 1
Ignasi Miquel Granada 1
Myrto Uzuni Granada 1
Antonio Blanco Alavés 1
Aimar Oroz Osasuna 1
Iván Balliu Vallecano 1
Étienne Capoue Villarreal 1
Álvaro García Vallecano 1
Rubén Sobrino Cádiz 1
Tasos Douvikas Celta Vigo 1
Sergio Camello Vallecano 1
Omar Alderete Getafe 1
Alfonso Espino Vallecano 1
Martín Zubimendi Real Sociedad 1
Chumi Almería 1
Mario Hermoso Atlético 1
Ayoze Pérez Betis 1
Jaume Costa Mallorca 1
José Ángel Carmona Getafe 1
Carlos Benavídez Alavés 1
Ander Barrenetxea Real Sociedad 1
Antonio Sánchez Mallorca 1
Nacho Real Madrid 1
Íñigo Ruíz de Galarreta Athletic Club 1
Jorge Cuenca Villarreal 1
Beñat Turrientes Real Sociedad 1
Gonzalo Melero Almería 1
Robert Navarro Real Sociedad 1
Rubén Duarte Alavés 1
Martin Valjent Mallorca 1
Oriol Romeu Barcelona 1
Toni Lato Mallorca 1
Loïc Badé Sevilla 1
Boubakary Soumaré Sevilla 1
Borja Mayoral Getafe 1
David García Osasuna 1
Mikel Vesga Athletic Club 1
Yuri Berchiche Athletic Club 1
Óliver Torres Sevilla 1
Aurélien Tchouaméni Real Madrid 1
Luis Milla Getafe 1
José Arnaiz Osasuna 1
Marc Cardona Las Palmas 1
Álex Fernández Cádiz 1
Juan Cruz Osasuna 1
Umar Sadiq Real Sociedad 1
Raúl Albiol Villarreal 1
José Callejón Granada 1
Juan Miranda Betis 1
Djibril Sow Sevilla 1
Pablo Barrios Atlético 1
Óscar Rodríguez Getafe 1
Héctor Bellerín Betis 1
Dodi Lukébakio Sevilla 1
Jon Pacheco Real Sociedad 1
Memphis Depay Atlético 1
Abner Betis 1
Nemanja Gudelj Sevilla 1
Pep Chavarría Vallecano 1
Sergi Guardiola Cádiz 1
Victor Chust Cádiz 1
Benito Ramírez Las Palmas 1
Selim Amallah Valencia 1
Copete Mallorca 1
Javi Galán Atlético 1
Jorge Herrando Osasuna 1
Aitor Ruibal Betis 1
André Almeida Valencia 1
Alejandro Balde Barcelona 1
Ivan Rakitic Sevilla 1
Asier Villalibre Athletic Club 1
Franco Cervi Celta Vigo 1
Sory Kaba Las Palmas 1
Hugo Sotelo Celta Vigo 1
Carles Pérez Celta Vigo 1
Randy Nteka Vallecano 1
Reinildo Atlético 1
Alberto Marí Valencia 1
Yerson Mosquera Villarreal 1
Juanmi Cádiz 1
Aritz Elustondo Real Sociedad 1
Facundo Pellistri Granada 1
David Alaba Real Madrid 1
Álex Centelles Almería 1
Jaílson Celta Vigo 1
Juan Foyth Villarreal 1
Gavi Barcelona 1
Youssouf Sabaly Betis 1
Hugo Álvarez Celta Vigo 1
Javier Manquillo Celta Vigo 1
Borja Iglesias Betis 1
Kamil Józwiak Granada 1
Carlos Fernández Real Sociedad 1
Hugo González Valencia 1
Famara Diédhiou Granada 1
Faitout Maouassa Granada 1
Yannick Carrasco Atlético 1
Enes Ünal Getafe 1
Sergio Rodelas Granada 1
Jan Oblak Atlético 0
Paulo Gazzaniga Girona 0
David Soria Getafe 0
Giorgi Mamardashvili Valencia 0
Stole Dimitrievski Vallecano 0
Ander Guevara Alavés 0
Nemanja Maksimovic Getafe 0
Álvaro Vallés Las Palmas 0
Álex Remiro Real Sociedad 0
Unai Simón Athletic Club 0
Predrag Rajkovic Mallorca 0
Cristhian Mosquera Valencia 0
Andoni Gorosabel Alavés 0
Jorge de Frutos Vallecano 0
Filip Jørgensen Villarreal 0
Axel Witsel Atlético 0
Iza Carcelén Cádiz 0
Aitor Paredes Athletic Club 0
Óscar Valentín Vallecano 0
Antonio Sivera Alavés 0
Unai Núñez Celta Vigo 0
Conan Ledesma Cádiz 0
Gastón Álvarez Getafe 0
Ricard Sánchez Granada 0
Antonio Rüdiger Real Madrid 0
Luís Maximiano Almería 0
Dani Vivian Athletic Club 0
Djené Dakonam Getafe 0
Rafa Marín Alavés 0
Fran Beltrán Celta Vigo 0
Dimitri Foulquier Valencia 0
Álex Suárez Las Palmas 0
Léo Baptistão Almería 0
Eric García Barcelona 0
Germán Pezzella Betis 0
Juanmi Latasa Getafe 0
Sergio Herrera Osasuna 0
Pathé Ciss Vallecano 0
Edgar González Almería 0
Óscar Trejo Vallecano 0
Maxi Gómez Cádiz 0
Fermín López Barcelona 0
Saúl Coco Las Palmas 0
Fali Cádiz 0
Dion Lopy Almería 0
Robin Le Normand Real Sociedad 0
Rodri Betis 0
José Luís Morales Villarreal 0
Omar Mascarell Mallorca 0
Yangel Herrera Girona 0
Máximo Perrone Las Palmas 0
Iker Muñoz Osasuna 0
Marc-André ter Stegen Barcelona 0
Moi Gómez Osasuna 0
Lucas Pires Cádiz 0
Abde Ezzalzouli Barcelona 0
Lucas Torró Osasuna 0
Rui Silva Betis 0
Sergio Ramos Sevilla 0
Valery Fernández Girona 0
Santi Comesaña Villarreal 0
Abdel Abqar Alavés 0
Carl Starfelt Celta Vigo 0
Vicente Guaita Celta Vigo 0
Chadi Riad Betis 0
Beñat Prados Athletic Club 0
Óscar Melendo Granada 0
Hugo Guillamón Valencia 0
Matija Nastasic Mallorca 0
David López Girona 0
Julián Araujo Las Palmas 0
Nahuel Tenaglia Alavés 0
Unai Gómez Athletic Club 0
Iddrisu Baba Almería 0
Roman Yaremchuk Valencia 0
Kike Pérez Vallecano 0
Guido Rodríguez Betis 0
Ørjan Nyland Sevilla 0
Abde Rebbach Alavés 0
Kiko Femenía Villarreal 0
Gabriel Paulista Valencia 0
Kike Salas Sevilla 0
Stefan Savic Atlético 0
Cenk Özkacar Valencia 0
Ferland Mendy Real Madrid 0
Carlos Domínguez Celta Vigo 0
Radamel Falcao Vallecano 0
José Giménez Atlético 0
Andrii Lunin Real Madrid 0
Álex Pozo Almería 0
Darwin Machís Cádiz 0
Renato Tapia Celta Vigo 0
César Montes Almería 0
Iker Muniain Athletic Club 0
Raúl García Athletic Club 0
Jesús Vázquez Valencia 0
Frenkie de Jong Barcelona 0
Abdul Mumin Vallecano 0
Iñigo Martínez Barcelona 0
Bebé Vallecano 0
Anthony Lozano Getafe 0
Miguel Rubio Granada 0
Aridane Hernández Vallecano 0
Sergio Akieme Almería 0
Pau Cubarsí Barcelona 0
Yeray Álvarez Athletic Club 0
André Silva Real Sociedad 0
Jhon Solís Girona 0
Assane Diao Betis 0
Dani García Athletic Club 0
Juanpe Girona 0
Pejiño Las Palmas 0
Carlos Dotor Celta Vigo 0
Raúl Torrente Granada 0
Francis Coquelin Villarreal 0
Augusto Batalla Granada 0
Bruno Méndez Granada 0
Kike Barja Osasuna 0
Javi Llabrés Mallorca 0
Aïssa Mandi Villarreal 0
Rominigue Kouamé Cádiz 0
Amath Ndiaye Mallorca 0
Rafa Mir Sevilla 0
Miguel Rodríguez Celta Vigo 0
André Ferreira Granada 0
Nacho Vidal Osasuna 0
Domingos Duarte Getafe 0
Luis Suárez Almería 0
Williot Swedberg Celta Vigo 0
Sokratis Papastathopoulos Betis 0
Miguel Crespo Vallecano 0
Peter González Valencia 0
Sergi Altimira Betis 0
Kepa Real Madrid 0
Jon Olasagasti Real Sociedad 0
Manu Trigueros Villarreal 0
Ben Brereton Villarreal 0
Lázaro Almería 0
Mouctar Diakhaby Valencia 0
Yarek Gasiorowski Valencia 0
Matías Arezo Granada 0
Vitor Roque Barcelona 0
Yellu Santiago Getafe 0
Érik Lamela Sevilla 0
Joseba Zaldúa Cádiz 0
Marko Dmitrovic Sevilla 0
Álvaro Fernández Granada 0
Jorge Martín Getafe 0
Brian Ocampo Cádiz 0
Martin Hongla Granada 0
Luka Romero Almería 0
Malcom Adu Athletic Club 0
Andrés Guardado Betis 0
Iván Villar Celta Vigo 0
Kevin Vázquez Celta Vigo 0
Andrei Ratiu Vallecano 0
Mihailo Ristic Celta Vigo 0
Lucien Agoumé Sevilla 0
Fabrizio Angileri Getafe 0
Stefan Mitrovic Getafe 0
Arnau Puigmal Almería 0
Mohamed-Ali Cho Real Sociedad 0
Adrià Alti Villarreal 0
Marezi Almería 0
Aleksandar Sedlar Alavés 0
Jon Aramburu Real Sociedad 0
Bruno Langa Almería 0
Bertrand Traoré Villarreal 0
Nemanja Radonjic Mallorca 0
Njegos Petrovic Granada 0
Jorge Meré Cádiz 0
Éder Militão Real Madrid 0
Daley Sinkgraven Las Palmas 0
Xeber Alkain Alavés 0
Iñaki Peña Barcelona 0
Arda Güler Real Madrid 0
Eric Bailly Villarreal 0
Tadeo Allende Celta Vigo 0
Ibrahima Koné Almería 0
Álvaro Odriozola Real Madrid 0
Luis Hernández Cádiz 0
Imanol García de Albéniz Athletic Club 0
Unai García Osasuna 0
Mariano Díaz Sevilla 0
Kamil Piatkowski Granada 0
Aleksandar Radovanovic Almería 0
Theo Corbeanu Granada 0
Kaiky Almería 0
Fernando Sevilla 0
Joan Jordán Sevilla 0
Cristian Herrera Las Palmas 0
Adnan Januzaj Sevilla 0
Tanguy Nianzou Sevilla 0
Joaquín Panichelli Alavés 0
José Campaña Las Palmas 0
Aitor Fernández Osasuna 0
Álvaro Negredo Cádiz 0
Yeremy Pino Villarreal 0
Matteo Gabbia Villarreal 0
Houboulang Mendes Almería 0
Mauro Arambarri Getafe 0
Carlos Romero Villarreal 0
Claudio Bravo Betis 0
Marcos Peña Almería 0
Marcão Sevilla 0
Mikel Jauregizar Athletic Club 0
Siebe Van der Heyden Mallorca 0
Joseph Aidoo Celta Vigo 0
Çaglar Söyüncü Atlético 0
Marciano Sanca Almería 0
Fabio González Las Palmas 0
Hannibal Mejbri Sevilla 0
Aiham Ousou Cádiz 0
Alejo Véliz Sevilla 0
Pablo Gozálbez Valencia 0
Juan Cruz Betis 0
Omenuke Mfulu Las Palmas 0
Urko González Real Sociedad 0
Marcos Alonso Barcelona 0
David Gil Cádiz 0
Shon Weissman Granada 0
Jon Magunazelaia Real Sociedad 0
Arthur Vermeeren Atlético 0
Julen Agirrezabala Athletic Club 0
Denis Suárez Villarreal 0
Fran Vieites Betis 0
Manu Bueno Sevilla 0
Momo Mbaye Cádiz 0
Juan Herzog Las Palmas 0
Víctor Díaz Granada 0
Nico Paz Real Madrid 0
Fede San Emeterio Cádiz 0
Wilson Manafá Granada 0
Fernando Martínez Almería 0
Álvaro Lemos Las Palmas 0
Raúl Fernández Granada 0
Jesús Owono Alavés 0
Luiz Felipe Betis 0
Diadié Samassékou Cádiz 0
Cédric Bakambu Betis 0
Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid 0
Alberto Risco Getafe 0
Mario Domínguez Valencia 0
José Mari Martín Cádiz 0
Ansu Fati Barcelona 0
Miguel de la Fuente Alavés 0
Jesús Vallejo Granada 0
Thomas Lemar Atlético 0
Marc Bartra Betis 0
Jastin García Girona 0
Ricardo Visus Betis 0
Marc Guiu Barcelona 0
Marc Martínez Granada 0
Aarón Escandell Las Palmas 0
Alberto Perea Granada 0
Marc Casadó Barcelona 0
Pepe Reina Villarreal 0
Jaume Domènech Valencia 0
Bernardo Espinosa Girona 0
Federico Gattoni Sevilla 0
Peru Nolaskoain Athletic Club 0
José Pozo Vallecano 0
Jesús Corona Sevilla 0
Mamadou Sylla Alavés 0
Unai Marrero Real Sociedad 0
Ibrahima Kébé Girona 0
Eric Curbelo Las Palmas 0
Paul Akouokou Betis 0
Jon Karrikaburu Real Sociedad 0
Gonzalo García Real Madrid 0
Pablo Busto Betis 0
Darko Brasanac Osasuna 0
Nabil Aberdin Getafe 0
Victor Parada Alavés 0
Mario Martín Real Madrid 0
Toni Villa Girona 0
Gorka Rivera Getafe 0
Srdjan Babic Almería 0
Daniel Fuzato Getafe 0
Milutin Osmajic Cádiz 0
César Tárrega Valencia 0
Gabri Veiga Celta Vigo 0
Santiago García Getafe 0
Dominik Greif Mallorca 0
Iñaki González Las Palmas 0
Diego Méndez Vallecano 0
Dani Cárdenas Vallecano 0
Jorge Moreno Vallecano 0
Rubén Iranzo Valencia 0
Miki Bosch Granada 0
Cristian Rivero Valencia 0
Yassine Bounou Sevilla 0
Alberto Soro Granada 0
Diego Mariño Almería 0
Salvi Sánchez Vallecano 0
Silvi Clua Girona 0
Iván Cuéllar Mallorca 0
Tomás Mendes Alavés 0
Unai Ropero Alavés 0
Salim El Jebari Atlético 0
Paco Sanz Almería 0
Eneko Ortiz Alavés 0
Jorge Pascual Villarreal 0
Rachad Fettal Almería 0
Moussa Diakité Cádiz 0
Aingeru Olabarrieta Athletic Club 0
Diego Hormigo Sevilla 0
Antal Yaakobishvili Girona 0
Stefan Lekovic Villarreal 0
Alberto Dadie Real Sociedad 0
Etta Eyong Cádiz 0
Jon Martín Real Sociedad 0
Pablo Sáenz Granada 0
Iñigo Arguibide Osasuna 0
Max Svensson Osasuna 0
Álvaro Rodríguez Real Madrid 0
Asier Osambela Osasuna 0
Jeremy Jorge Getafe 0
Abde Raihani Atlético 0
Yassin Tallal Getafe 0
Xabi Huarte Osasuna 0
Miguel Ángel Brau Granada 0
Borja Vázquez Cádiz 0
Yoel Lago Celta Vigo 0
Javier Rueda Celta Vigo 0
Miguel Ángel Morro Vallecano 0
Rubén Quintanilla Mallorca 0
Gonzalo Montiel Sevilla 0
Aitor Fraga Real Sociedad 0
Gonçalo Paciência Celta Vigo 0
Santiago Bueno Girona 0
Raúl García Celta Vigo 0
Álvaro Bastida Cádiz 0
Ilias Kostis Atlético 0
Arvin Appiah Almería 0
Diego Piñeiro Real Madrid 0
Fran González Real Madrid 0
Guilherme Fernandes Betis 0
Matías Árbol Sevilla 0
Giorgi Gagua Alavés 0
Lucas Cañizares Real Madrid 0
Mario González Granada 0
Daniel Luna Mallorca 0
Juan Carlos Girona 0
Nikola Maras Alavés 0
Gaizka García Alavés 0
Selu Diallo Alavés 0
Gui Almería 0
José Antonio de la Rosa Cádiz 0
Bruno Iribarne Almería 0
Papu Gómez Sevilla 0
Pablo Valencia Osasuna 0
Adrián Rodríguez Alavés 0
Javier Martón Athletic Club 0
Diego Kochen Barcelona 0
Alex González Las Palmas 0
Joseda Álvarez Alavés 0
Unai Egiluz Athletic Club 0
Pablo Marín Real Sociedad 0
Toni Fuidias Girona 0
Coke Carrillo Celta Vigo 0
Agustín Marchesín Celta Vigo 0
Ivo Grbic Atlético 0
Antonio Gomis Atlético 0
Martín Tejón Valencia 0
Iker Almena Girona 0
Pere García Mallorca 0
Martín Pascual Vallecano 0
Adri López Granada 0
Pablo Muñoz Vallecano 0
Ander Sánchez Alavés 0
Javi Martínez Osasuna 0
Dimitrios Stamatakis Osasuna 0
Jorge Benito Getafe 0
Manu Vallejo Girona 0
Ander Astralaga Barcelona 0
Dani Pérez Betis 0
Unai Hernández Barcelona 0
David López Mallorca 0
Enrique Fernández Betis 0
Alberto Flores Sevilla 0
John Patrick Getafe 0
Aitor Gismera Atlético 0
Marco Moreno Atlético 0
Adrián Niño Atlético 0
Borja García Girona 0
Álvaro Carrillo Real Madrid 0
Miguelito Mallorca 0
Rúben Montero Alavés 0
Pau Victor Barcelona 0
Álvaro Killane Las Palmas 0
Facundo Esnáider Getafe 0
Yuzún Ley Mallorca 0
Álex Morata Cádiz 0
Aristide Njalla Cádiz 0
Sergio Mestre Atlético 0
Javier Rodríguez Celta Vigo 0
Hugo Rincón Athletic Club 0
Victor Aznar Cádiz 0
Edgar Pujol Real Madrid 0
Áron Yaakobishvili Barcelona 0
Aleix Garrido Barcelona 0
Abraham del Moral Villarreal 0
Álex Padilla Athletic Club 0
Marco Camus Valencia 0
Théo Zidane Real Madrid 0
Pau Mascaró Mallorca 0
Rafael Romero Sevilla 0
Darío Benavides Sevilla 0
Ibrahima Sow Sevilla 0
Pau Las Palmas 0
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Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal are two of the best dribblers in La Liga, and compliment each other perfectly as options on the left and right side that can take their full backs both ways. Only four players in Europe's big five leagues provided more assists than Williams across all competitions this season (16), while he and Yamal both ranked in the top 10 for expected assists from open play in La Liga this term.

With a strong core to their team, including the world's best in his position in Rodri, Spain won't be afraid to field more orthodox defenders at EURO 2024 either - as opposed to their usual ball-playing specialists.

Spain look well balanced heading into the tournament, and the boost of dynamic wing play can be a game changer for them too. I'd take them plenty serious as far as their trophy chances go this summer.

Croatia - 30/131.00 to win Euro 2024

Key Player - Luka Modric

The Goalscorer - Andrej Kramaric

The Shooter - Ivan Perisic

The Fouler - Mateo Kovacic

The Creator - Luka Modric

The Dictator/Passer - Marcelo Brozovic

The One to watch - Lovro Majer

There haven't been many teams you'd like to see in the knockout stages of an international tournament less than Croatia in recent times. They've been among the three best finishers in the previous two World Cups (runners-up in 2018 and third in 2022) and were a penalty shootout away from winning the UEFA Nations League last summer too, thanks to their seemingly ultimate powers of survival.

In their last outing at the World Cup, Croatia made it to the final four after beating both Japan and Brazil on penalties in the first two rounds of the knockout stages. As you'll no doubt recall, the man of the moment Dominik Livakovic only conceded three of the eight penalties he faced across those two shootouts, turning himself into one of the most feared spot kick stoppers in the game, and Croatia into the kings of knockout stage resistance.

As for whether they can continue to be knockout stage spoilers on the big stage again is, of course, another question to weigh up. Here in 2024 it's tempting to see them as a spirited boxer who has managed to outlast opponent after opponent, but who may soon find it much harder to survive in the same scenario after many battles. It's now been five-and-a-half years since their talisman Luka Modric won the Ballon d'Or.

Now closer to 39 than 38, it's logical to think Modric's best major tournaments are behind him. Despite showing he can still contribute on limited starts and in off-the-bench cameos for Real Madrid this season, there's plenty of reason to think the midfield trio of Modric-Brozovic-Kovacic will struggle to sustain the team with the same authority of previous tournaments.

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While midfield has been Croatia's ultimate strength in recent times, it's also had to do plenty of heavy lifting given the goal deficit they've experienced. In five of their seven games at the 2022 World Cup they were held to under one xG, and half of their goals at the tournament were netted in a single group stage game against Canada (4/8).

Zlatko Dalic's side don't tend to create much when the major tournaments roll around, but until now it's not been a particular handicap for them. The question now is whether they can be quite as good in the first two thirds to control games and be able to survive managing short margins on the scoreboard.

I'd expect Croatia to remain competitive in the group stage at this year's EUROs, largely on the experience of Dalic and a generation that have become accustomed to being strong around tournament time. Along with a proven goalkeeper in Livakovic, their defensive options remain plenty strong, including two 2023-24 title winners in the form of Josko Gvardiol and Josip Stanisic.

In a tough group alongside Spain and Italy, Croatia won't be the type to go quietly - just the mere suggestion that the best days of the current crop might be behind them will no doubt serve as fuel for their performance. However, with all due respect to Dalic and his side, I expect making noise in the knockout stages will just be a step too far for them in 2024.

Italy - 14/115.00 to win Euro 2024

Key Player - Nicolo Barella

The Goalscorer - Gianluca Scamacca

The Shooter - Federico Chiesa

The Fouler - Gianluca Mancini

The Creator - Nicolo Barella

The Dictator/Passer - Jorginho

The One to watch - Alessandro Bastoni

"It's the highest moment of my career," says Italy coach Luciano Spalletti. "It's like I am living in paradise because I am preparing the national team for the Euros."

After a managerial career spanning over 1,000 games, the opportunity to lead an Italy team at a major tournament has clearly given the 65-year-old a renewed sense of purpose. Of course, this is not merely about having the opportunity to coach at the EUROs either - Italy are the reigning champions and will be expected to mount an honourable defence in Germany.

The Azzurri's attempts at retaining the title will take place without having had a World Cup in between, following their failure to qualify in 2022. That means the team who won the last edition of this tournament back in 2021 will inevitably look a lot different to the one this time round, with a pivotal chunk of their spine missing through Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Marco Verratti.

Mancini's team from the previous tournament were famed for the fluency of their football, and the fact they looked like a club side playing international football such was the quality of their play and the chemistry throughout the team. Hitting those same levels again in 2024 will be incredibly difficult, but Spalletti's intention will be to develop a team who play with similar courage with and without the ball.

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Italy's 4-3-3 from the previous edition is expected to give way this time to a back three system, particularly given the options at both centre back and wing back. "I want to try the 3-4-2-1 to try to make some players more comfortable," Spalletti told Gazzetta dello Sport earlier this year, with his eventual hope for their style being: "maintaining an offensive propensity, without always returning to five at the back when not in possession, creating balances that allow us to always play the game openly."

It's not crystal clear at this point just how Italy's attack will be formed come tournament time, but a back three system means there's a good chance they'll recruit productive play outside of their forwards specifically. Serie A champions Internazionale will be sending a lot of their players to represent the Azzurri, while the likes of Bastoni and Dimarco are well versed in how to translate their defensive roles into attacking contributions, once the 'back five' switches to in-possession mode.

Someone who ought to profit from that, if given the nod to lead the line, is Atalanta's multifunctional forward Gianluca Scamacca. He's been in sensational form in 2024, netting more goals than any other player for a Serie A club since the turn of the year (13), and forcing his way into the international picture ahead of the EUROs. The determination he's shown to make the plane for Germany really ought to sit well with Spalletti, and the system could be pretty similar to what he plays in with Atalanta too.

Italy may be missing some stalwarts from their previous EUROs triumph, but a talented squad led by a fine successor to Roberto Mancini should still see them able to disrupt in the knockout stages this year.

Albania - 500/1501.00 to win Euro 2024

Key Player - Berat Djimsiti

The Goalscorer - Sokol Cikalleshi

The Shooter - Jasir Asani

The Fouler - Sokol Çikalleshi

The Creator - Nedim Bajrami

The Dictator/Passer - Kristjan Asllani

The One to watch - Armando Broja

This will be just Albania's second ever appearance at a European Championships or World Cup tournament, with their only previous one coming back at EURO 2016 - a tournament in which they finished third in their group, behind France and Switzerland.

Now under the management of former Brazilian defender Sylvinho, Albania sealed their place at this summer's tournament with an impressive run of results in qualifying, topping a Group E that featured Czechia and Poland - two nations ranked considerably higher than them in the current FIFA world rankings.

With that said, it comes as no surprise to see Albania at the longest odds to qualify from Group B at EURO 2024 16/54.20. Their three confirmed opponents at the tournament all currently occupy positions in the top 10 of the FIFA world rankings (Spain, Italy and Croatia), which is the only group featuring as many as three sides in that list. For Albania, it really is a group of death.

Albania have won more games than they've lost under Sylvinho to date (W5 D3 L3), although their underlying metrics don't suggest much daylight between them and their opponents so far. In the qualifying campaign for EURO 2024, Albania only lost once across eight matches (W4 D3) despite their xG for (7) and against (6.3) being almost identical, as well as the fact they faced more shots (88) than they managed themselves (72).

In fact, among all sides involved in EURO 2024 qualifying who will be at this summer's tournament, Albania were one of only three sides who conceded more shots than they produced, along with Ukraine and Georgia. Meanwhile, only three teams - Scotland, Slovakia and Georgia - had a worse xG difference than them during the qualifying campaign (+0.8).

Although the data suggests Albania might have overperformed in terms of their results in qualifying, they have shown they're capable of springing a surprise on their day. Sylvinho's side managed victories over both Czechia and Poland in the qualifying campaign, despite having just 36% and 39% possession in those games respectively. That made them one of only two sides to qualify for EURO 2024 - along with Romania - to win multiple games in qualifying in which they had less than 40% possession in the match.

If Albania are to spring a shock and emerge from Group B, it seems likely their route through will come through a stout defensive resistance and being able to nick a goal to protect - whether that's on the counter, through a set piece, or as has been their speciality in qualifying, a speculative strike from range.

Only France (7) scored more from outside the box than Albania (5) in the EURO 2024 qualifying campaign, while they had the highest percentage of their goals coming from outside the box of any team to score more than twice (42% - 5/12).

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