Which two teams will reach the final and who will win?
Anita Ashante This is a fantastic opportunity for England to reach a European final with great support from their home crowd, but they also have a lot of depth and coverage at all positions. I can see France joining England in the final if they pick up good form because they have equally strong threats up front. Shout loud, but England to win.
Karen Carney Sweden v England, with Sweden to win. When you get bronze at the World Cup and silver at the Olympics, you’re on a trajectory. Sweden is the most complete team in all areas, they are strong mentally and have an experienced squad.
jonathan liew England beat Denmark. The warm-up wins have convinced me that something special is happening with this team.
sid lowe Spain and England (if avoided in the round of 16), with Spain winning.
maryam naz France and England, with the latter to win because a) Amandine Henry is not going to be there and b) she is actually going home.
sarah rendell England and Spain. The former are on a hot streak of results and have home court advantage and the latter have star power. The Lionesses will take the trophy.
louis taylor France and Sweden, with France to victory. Yes, I know there are serious “creative tensions” between Corinne Diacre and her players, but France still look great and Sweden is an amalgamation of talent, experience and coaches of the highest quality. A word of warning though: I advised Turkey to reach the Euro 2020 final, so it’s safe to say predictions are not my forte…
Suzanne Wrack England and the Netherlands, with England to win. If England top the group and get through a potentially tricky quarter-final, the team will fly.
Who will win the Golden Boot?
AA Marie Antoinette Katoto of France.
KC Ada Hegerberg. She has the serve of Guro Reiten and Caroline Graham Hansen, and if you look at Norway’s pool games, she’ll start running and score quite a few.
JL Golden Boots are often won in the group stage and Beth Mead seems well positioned to fill her boots early on.
SL Ellen White. Pernille Harder is also an obvious choice. Or how about a player who makes the most of theoretically beneficial opening games? Katoto.
Minnesota Alexia Putellas scored 18 goals in 26 league games in the 2021-22 season and will seek revenge after losing the Champions League final. She is the best player in the world and Spain is likely to take her to at least the quarterfinals.
RS Whores. She has been very consistent for Spain and the Ballon d’Or winner will surely continue her impressive form.
LT White from England; With the quality of Sarina Wiegman’s wingers, the Manchester City striker should score a goal.
SOUTHWEST Viviana Miedema. If the Netherlands make it to the final – and that’s a big if – the Arsenal forward is likely to have propelled them there.
Who will be the surprise team of the tournament?
AA Sweden though shouldn’t be a surprise given the level of experience and balance of youth in the team.
KC Germany or Norway. Germany has gone through a massive transition and is still very young. They’ll cause some trouble, that’s for sure. We’ll see how good Norway is when they play England, who knocked them out of the last World Cup. Perhaps they have a point to prove. Definitely a side to watch out for.
JL For the better: well-organized Denmark. For worse: Spain, which can give in to the pressure of being the presumed favourites.
SL Norway or Denmark.
Minnesota Sweden. They have a fantastic squad and a team full of experienced stars, from goalkeeper (Hedvig Lindahl) to defense (Magda Eriksson) and attack (Stina Blackstenius). Similar situation for Norway.
RS Denmark. There is a lot of talk about England, Spain and Sweden, but Denmark cannot be ruled out with the likes of Harder in their ranks.
LT Iceland. Thorsteinn Halldorsson is a great coach, which makes a big difference in a team that has improved a lot recently.
SOUTHWEST Denmark. All the talk of Group B is Germany and Spain, but Denmark, runners-up in 2017, could turn things around with Chelsea’s Harder.
Who will be the revelation player of the tournament?
AA Lauren Hemp has the ability to light up this tournament. But Selma Bacha from France is also someone to watch.
KC Klara Buhl from Germany. The 21-year-old is an exciting prospect who can make an impact on the big stage.
JL There are still people out there who don’t know how good Lena Oberdorf is. Twenty years and already running in the midfield of Wolfsburg and Germany.
SL Aitana Bonmatí is a possibility. However, she doesn’t actually count as a breakout player. And yet, she still feels as if the level of recognition that she has is a little lower than she might be, perhaps in part because of Putellas. Hemp is young, but is it still a breakout?
Minnesota The Spanish Cláudia Pina: supposedly the heiress to the throne of Putellas. A natural attacker and very familiar with scoring big goals in big tournaments. Failing that, the German Jule Brand.
RS Rachel Furness. She will be known to fans of the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship because she plays for Liverpool, but she has yet to show her skills in a major tournament. This is Northern Ireland’s first and despite being 34, Ella Furness could grab the headlines.
LT England’s Hemp will confirm his potential as a world-class talent at left wing.
SOUTHWEST Hemp is the obvious candidate from England’s perspective. She is fearless, she never seems fazed by even the biggest opponents.
How far will England and Northern Ireland go?
AA England are in good form and could reach the final. Northern Ireland have done exceptionally well to qualify and, as debutants, they will give a good account of themselves, but are unlikely to make it out of Group A.
KC Northern Ireland will have a hard time getting out of a tough group. England can reach the final and potentially win it with the quality of their team in a home tournament.
JL England winners. Northern Ireland a “great learning experience”.
SL England: end. But that first knockout game could be huge, so they may be gone. Northern Ireland: group stage
Minnesota Northern Ireland broke the script and qualified with a team full of part-time players, including hospital and supermarket workers. They will cause more chaos, but only within the confines of the group stage. England? Think big. Much larger.
RS England will reach the final and win, but Northern Ireland will withdraw in the group stage.
LT England to reach the semi-final and Northern Ireland to exit in the group stage, but only after causing an unexpected upset to Austria, England and Norway.
SOUTHWEST An England quarter-final against, most likely, Germany, Spain or Denmark would be incredibly difficult. Navigate that and England could go all the way. However, Sweden is also a threat. If Northern Ireland hold off Norway even for a short time in their opening game, there’s no telling what that will do for their confidence. Capable of causing an upset, but unlikely.
What are you most looking forward to?
AA Watch a soccer tournament from a spectator’s perspective and enjoy the electricity of the crowd. And witness in real time the positive growth of women’s football.
KC Go to as many games as possible as a fan and soak up the atmosphere.
JL cultural conquest. Women’s football on the front pages, hemp-mania, people dissecting Wiegman’s tactics in the pub. Go ahead.
SL As always in these cases – fans. And after confinement even more. On a personal note, I am intrigued to see Bisham Abbey, where Spain trains.
Minnesota This is the first time that I report in the Women’s European Championship; I’ll probably be as excited about the hotel breakfast as I am about the game coverage.
RS See unprecedented support and coverage at a Women’s European Championship.
LT Packed fields, a great atmosphere, all the media taking a women’s tournament (almost) as seriously as a men’s equivalent and significantly increasing the WSL crowds next season.
SOUTHWEST The atmosphere at the England games. England could rekindle the atmosphere around last summer’s tournament for the men’s team. That they are playing electric football right now helps.