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Monday’s round of fixtures saw the end to the Group Stages of the 2022 Women’s Euros.
Half of the 16 teams have now exited the competition, including first-time qualifiers Northern Ireland, who failed to score a point in group A.
Big name players Ada Hegerberg and Pernille Harder represent the largest individual scalps, that didn’t make it into the final 8 sides, as their Norway & Denmark sides could only pick up three points each this time around.
Now that we’ve seen each side play three games, the betting picture has shifted from the start of the tournament – with hosts England now firm favourites. We’ve taken a look at each of the last eight’s path to the final, and their odds for lifting the trophy.
The host nation qualified from the group stage with the most impressive record. Three wins, yet to concede and 14 goals scored, including a statement 8-0 win against Norway. Striker Beth Mead leads the golden boot race, with five goals from her 3 games so far – with two assists in there too.
Sarina Wiegman’s side have earned their favourites tag, setting up a quarter final tie with Group B runners-up, and pre-tournament favourites, Spain on Wednesday. Our markets have set England as clear favourites at the Brighton & Hove Community stadium too.
A win would lead to a semi-final against the winner of Sweden & Belgium, and the Lionesses find themselves leading Paddy Power’s markets to lift the trophy.
Austria were semi-finalists in the last edition of the Women’s Euros, but many expected Norway – spearheaded by Ada Hegerberg – to escape Group A instead. They followed up an opening fixture loss to England with two consecutive wins, beating Northern Ireland 2-0, and emerging victorious against Norway in Friday night’s decider.
Characterised by a strong defence, Austria have conceded just once in the group stages, but will face a tough challenge against Germany in the Quarters. They’re at quite long odds for Thursday’s encounter, which kicks off at 8pm.
A victory would see them meet either France or Netherlands in the Semi Finals, but their chances of making it through to this stage are reflected in Austria’s odds to win the tournament.
The Germans have only been overshadowed by England in their three games so far. They’ve scored an average of three goals a game, and have kept three clean sheets in the group stage. Veteran Alexandra Popp has scored her first international goals for two-and-a-half years to reach second in the tournament charts. The Wolfsburg player has netted in all three games, with the final goal in their 4-0 opening game victory over Denmark, doubling the lead in Germany’s crucial 2-0 win over second-placed Spain, and grabbing a goal against bottom of the group Finland.
Germany will face Austria in the next round, and go into the game as strong favourites to progress, with such a strong attacking line-up.
There’d be a tougher test (on paper) in store if they were to win at Brentford – playing either France or Netherlands for a place in the final. Germany find themselves ranked as second favourites to go all the way, and emulate their mens side’s 1996 Euros success by lifting the trophy at Wembley.
Marta Cardona’s 90th minute winner secured Spain’s qualification from Group B as runners up, although they only a draw against Denmark to progress. After beating Finland in the opener, the best the Spanish could hope for was a second place finish in the group after losing to Germany on matchday 2.
They’ve set up a quarter final against hosts England, which Spain’s manager Jorge Vilda described as “the toughest game in the Euros”, as the pre-tournament favourites play the current fancies to win at Wembley. Spain are at much longer odds than England for the first knockout game of the tournament.
A win would see Spain play their semi final at Bramall Lane, against either Sweden or Belgium. But despite being unfancied to make it this fair, the Spanish are still fifth favourites to win the tournament.
The Swedes topped Group C on goal difference after their 5-0 rout of Portugal on Sunday. Their opening game draw with defending champions Netherlands set the tone for a strong showing in this stage of the tournament, which also included a 2-1 win over Switzerland. Striker Filippa Angeldahl has bagged two goals in the group stages to be this side’s top scorer.
Sweden will play Belgium in the quarter finals after they secured qualification on Monday night with victory over Italy. The Swedes are strong favourites for this one in our markets.
A win for this year’s dark horses will take them through to a tough semi-final against either England or Spain, two of the strongest sides left in this year’s tournament, and either of whom would surely be favourites against the Scandinavian side. But, the Swede’s odds to lift this year’s trophy are still higher than their Spanish counterparts – in part due to Spain’s tough quarter final.
The competition’s holders have had to settle for second place in their group, despite coming out unbeaten. The team managed by Englishman Mark Parsons played out one of most entertaining games of the tournament so far as they beat Portugal 3-2. That was either side of an opening match draw with Sweden, and a 4-1 win against Switzerland.
A tasty-looking quarter final against Group D winners France awaits in Rotherham, which the team in orange go into as underdogs.
The path to the final would then see Netherlands need to overcome Austria or eight-time tournament winners Germany, with the current holders finding themselves at quite long odds to retain their title.
A clean sweep of results has seen France progress through the group stage with maximum points, the third team to do so, alongside England and Germany. Monday night’s victory over minnows Iceland ended their opponent’s slim hopes of qualifying, after the French had already put five past Italy in the opening match, and backed that up with a 2-1 win over neighbours Belgium.
They’re drawn in the quarters against holders Netherlands on Saturday, and are strong favourites to make it through to the semis in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.
Their path to the final would see them take on surprise package from Group A, Austria, or Group B winners Germany. Les Bleus are third favourites to win at Wembley at the end of the month.
The Belgians secured their progression into the knockout stage on Monday night with victory over Italy. Although many fancied the Italians to progress before the tournament started, the writing was on the wall after their 5-1 defeat to France. Whilst Belgium also lost to France, their draw with Iceland and that win over Italy meant they progressed to the knockout stages with the least number of points (4) out of all of the qualifiers.
They’ll play Sweden in their quarter final on Friday, and it looks like a tough ask for the Belgians to come through that match, with many fancying dark horses Sweden to go a long way yet in this tournament.
But, if they do, they’ll set up a semi final with either England or Spain, as they look to emulate their mens side to lift the European Championships at Wembley. Odds-wise, though, they’re the least-fancied side left in the competition.
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