The 13th edition of the Women’s Euros is finally here, having originally been scheduled to take place last year.
Netherlands are the defending champions, after winning on home soil five years ago. Germany, meanwhile, are the most-successful team in the competition’s history, with eight victories in total.
But neither country is likely to triumph this time around…
Spain are the bookies’ favourites to win Women’s Euro 2022.
That’s primarily because most of their team play for Barcelona Femeni, who won the domestic treble last season, including all 30 games in the Primera Division.
But La Roja have not made the semi-finals of this (or any) tournament since 1997, meaning the value arguably lies elsewhere.
England have reached the semi-finals in each of their last three major tournaments and are poised to go even further here.
The Lionesses are in fantastic form, having won 12 and drawn two of their previous 14 games.
As tournament hosts, they will also benefit from huge home support, starting with their opening game against Austria at Old Trafford.
That could be significant, seeing as the last Women’s Euros were won by the Netherlands, who were the host nation.
Even better, the manager responsible for that success, Sarina Wiegman, is now England boss.
Wigeman took over in September 2021 and has overseen the Lionesses’ incredible pre-tournament form.
Is football finally coming home? It’s quite possible.
Sweden should be considered huge contenders, especially given their fine record in major tournaments.
They won the first ever Women’s Euros in 1984 and have reached one final, three semis and two quarters in the last six editions of this competition.
Sweden have flourished in other events, too, winning bronze at the 2019 World Cup and silver at the Olympic Games last summer.
Fifth favourites despite being second in the world rankings, Peter Gerhardsson’s side represent excellent value to lift the trophy.
Top Scorer: Ellen White
Ellen White is England’s all-time leading scorer with 50 goals, including 14 in her previous 12 internationals.
The Manchester City striker is justifiably the bookies’ favourite to win the golden boot, especially with the Lionesses likely to reach the latter stages.
All odds are subject to change