Euro 2016: What to bet on?2016-03-01
Between the 10th June and the 10th July 2016, France will be the European captial of emotions. 24 nations, 1 million spectators and zones of screaming fans: From north to south, from east to west, it is a country that is ready to welcome the football of Europe, to feel the rhythm of the Euro Championship. If it already looks wonderful in its organisation, the competition can only be perfect if the fireworks takes place on the pitch. With a shower of stars to light up this tournament and manager’s that are conspicuous by their knowledge of the game or through the cohesion they generate, there will be something for everyone. Here are the favourites for Euro 2016, and analysis of the best odds to provide some betting tips for the event.
The Three Favourites
France, Germany, Spain : the trio has, according to bookmakers, more than 60% chance of lifting the trophy. . It makes sense when weread up on the history of the competition and their current form. Between them they have won 8 of the 14 tournaments since 1960. In the game of comparisons, each side has its own strengths. Still trying to establish a hierarchy.
Home advantage for the Blues!
Behold, the real favourites! The last time they held the Euro’s, the French went all the way. It was in time of Platini, well before Zidane and the generation of 98 as they sat on top of the world, as well as winning the Euro’s two years after. As they prepare to host the first European Championship expanded to 24 teams, France will rely heavily on their own fans to propel them to the top.
Passionate fans singing louder than ever to the national anthem, gathered around a new well unified team. After the 2014 World Cup, that saw the French side fail to get out of the group, they seem to have come togther and become a better side. Koscielny, Matuidi, Pogba, Griezmann, Benzema : The vast majority of its influential players have taken a new dimension with their clubs during the season 2015/2016. France are placed in a quite a favourable group of Romania, Albania, Switzerland, should see themselves through to the knockout stages.
France to win the tournament - 7/2 with Bet365.
Are Germany unstoppable?
Finalists in Euro 2008, before falling to the Italians in 2012, Manager Joachim Löw is in charge of the reigning world champions and is not looking beyond this tournament. The finalist six times in just 11 tournaments, the Germany remains the most consistent team in this competition.
Their main strength is the fact that they are a well organised side. The World Champions can also count on Manuel Neuer the best goalkeeper in the world as well as Thomas Müller front. Placed in Pool C along with Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine, the current best nation in the world is, along with France, another huge favorite for the final victory
Germany to win the Euro’s odds at 10/3.
Spain dream of the treble
Unbeatable during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, this will be the first time Spain will be hunting for a treble of victories on the European stage. Forget the fiasco at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where they failed to make it out of the group after going down to the Netherland’s and Chile. Always in control, Vicente Del Bosque has not fallen away, enjoying the success of Barca to reconstruct a frame around the awesome usual starters in Busquets and Iniesta, counting on the imperial Piqué and Ramos and giving more responsibility to Isco, Paco Alcacer, Koke and Thiago Alcantara. With the freshness and talent of the rough diamonds, La Roja go in search of a third title in row. After a dominant qualifying display, Spain, placed in Group D along with Croatia, Czechs and Turkey, must be ready to fight in the first phase.
Spain to be crowned champions of Europe odds trading at 11/2.
If the three favourites for the Euro have everything to make their mark on the competition, a quartet of teams dream on defying the odds.
Are England ready?
With 10 straight wins in qualification, England sent out a strong message to the rest of Europe. This year more than any other, the Three Lions are ready. They have never won this competition or have even featured in the final. This side has plenty of options on the attacking front (Barkley, Sterling, Rooney, Kane, Vardy), Roy Hodgson has no excuses. Positioned in a tough group B of Russia, Wales and Slovakia, England should progress to the next round. SportyTrader highlighted some interesting odds, of a England victory in the Euro and it would be a shame to miss out!
England to win Euro 2016 odds trading at 11/1 with Bet365.
The neighbouring Belgians
What has the Euro’s in store for the Belgian’s? With Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku they have a lot of strength in depth across their side. The Red Devils to win the Euro’s are 11/1 with Bet365. They will give everything to triumph in their neighbour’s home ground. They will have to prove themselves in group E of Italy, Sweden and Ireland before advancing. If a lack of experience had been pointed at as been the reason they lost to Argentina in the quarterfinals of the last World Cup, the Belgian golden generation seems much more mature, and now they must show it. The manager Marc Wilmots is capable of getting the best out of his side, so the other favourites must be aware of their capabilities.
Italy have won the World Cup four times, but have only one Euro (1968) to their name. With an iron defense, the brilliant Verratti and with Pirlo ready to give everything for his last race in the colors of the Azzurri, the Italians will definitely have a say in the competition. The only questions about their ability to shine is their attackers. Pellè, Eder and El Shaarawy seem to lack top quality. Italy have a tough task of getting through group E of Belgium, Ireland and Sweden. The group of death.
Italy to be crowned champions of Europe odds trading at 19/1 with 888sport.
Portugal are here too
One can not overlook on Portugal. They have been present in three of the last four the last semi-finals. With its waterproof defense and talented midfield of William Carvalho, Coentrao, Moutinho and with Nani-Ronaldo to scare every defense, Portugal have a solid chance to go far in this competition.
Portugal to win Euro 2016 at 19/1 with Bet365.
Croatia at 30/1 with 888sport, have a number of great talents (Modric, Kovacic, Rakitic, Mandzukic, Perisic...), Austria, aswell as Sweden are among the other nations most likely to create a sensation in France. It is still a long shot.