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Three nations who could be dark horses at Euro 2024

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While the top domestic leagues around Europe are reaching their thrilling conclusions, it’s not all doom and gloom for football fans across the continent as Euro 2024 is approaching on the horizon.

The latest edition of the prestigious competition is set to take place in Germany this summer, kicking off on June 14 before reaching its culmination one month later on July 14, meaning there is plenty of action to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

After agonisingly being beaten by Italy in the final of Euro 2020, England are the favourites to avenge their Wembley heartbreak in the Euro 2024 winner odds, but France, hosts Germany, and Spain will prove formidable challenges.

However, the European Championship is unique in the fact that is not always plain sailing for the market leaders — with Italy’s recent success, Portugal’s victory in 2016, Greece’s win in 2004, and Demark’s triumph in 1992 as prime examples.

That said, let’s take a look at three nations that might not necessarily hoist the trophy aloft at the Olympiastadion in Berlin but could still prove to be plucky underdogs in Germany.

Italy – 16/1

Despite being the reigning champions, Italy find themselves as considerable outsiders ahead of the defence of their title.

There are varying factors behind the Azzurri’s long odds, with the fact they failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar perhaps the most notable.

An inconsistent qualifying campaign is another factor, as Italy won four, drew two, and lost two of their six games when finishing second to England.

The sides that are more favoured by those placing a bet on the Euros certainly look stronger than Italy, and they have a tough group, but the Azzurri should be capable of another deep run.

Scotland – 100/1

Scotland secured their place at the Euros for the second time in a row with an impressive qualifying campaign that saw them finish behind Spain.

Steve Clark’s men won five, drew two, and lost just one of their eight games, including a historic 2-0 win over Spain at Hampden Park on matchday two.

Results like that, and a 2-1 win over Erling Haaland’s Norway in Oslo, are proof that Scotland are capable of causing an upset.

However, the Tartan Army’s recent form is a cause for concern as they have failed to win in their last seven outings and were recently beaten at home by Northern Ireland.

Netherlands – 16/1

The Netherlands made a good impression at the Qatar World Cup, progressing to the quarter-finals before being beaten by eventual winners Argentina on penalties.

Their qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 wasn’t bad, as they won six of their eight games with their two defeats against France.

A recent 2-1 defeat to Germany in an international friendly, along with those two defeats to Les Bleus, could indicate that the Dutch might struggle against the top European sides this season.

But the Netherlands have a squad more than capable of another deep run, with countless players plying their trade for top sides across Europe.