The Euro 2016 groups have been announced and we can begin to see how the finals will proceed this summer.
Take a look at our individual group breakdown for betting tips and analysis.
To qualify: FRANCE
To top the group: FRANCE
The hosts are the clear favourites to qualify and top the group. The French are formidable on home turf, lifting the World Cup last time an international competition came to France.
Switzerland are expected to also qualify, having enjoyed the best form in qualification out of the other three sides. Despite lacking the household names that France and Switzerland have, Romania did finish qualification without losing a single game, registering 5 draws and 5 wins.
To qualify: WALLES + SLOVAKIA
Having won all 10 of their qualification matches, conceding just 3 goals, England are firm favourites to win this group.
Although serial underperformers on the international stage, Roy Hodgson’s side features a host of upcoming stars who will be eager to prove themselves.
Wales and Russia will likely duel it out for the runners up spot, with the experienced Russian team hoping to draw from recent tournament experience to succeed.
To qualify: GERMANY
To top the group: GERMANY
World Cup winners Germany are the tournament favourites, and should coast through the group with little trouble.
Following their jaw dropping destruction of Brazil the Germans beat Leo Messi’s Argentina in the final, and saw the fruition of a carefully implemented youth development strategy that begun over a decade before.
Northern Ireland will undoubtedly struggle against them, and the strong Ukrainian and Polish sides. With the awesome Robert Lewandowski leading the line, Poland are the bookies favourites to qualify alongside Germany.
To qualify: SPAIN
To top the group: SPAIN
Spain are the stand out side in Group D, with a fine international pedigree they are expected to recover from their total capitulation in Brazil two summers ago.
Turkey, Croatia and the Czech Republic will be no pushovers, and all three squads feature excellent players.
Croatia however possess a world-class midfield, featuring the excellent Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric and his Real Madrid teammate Mateo Kovacic.
This triumvirate tips the odds in their favour to qualify ahead of Turkey and the Czech Republic, with every bookie placing them as 2nd favourites to qualify, after La Roja.
To qualify: BELGIUM + ITALY
On paper Group E looks easy to predict, with Belgium and Italy expected to dominate proceedings, however with the ever lethal Zlatan Ibrahimovic heading for what looks like his final international tournament, and the surprising Republic of Ireland side there is always potential for an upset.
Despite unremarkable domestic performances, Kyle Lafferty propelled the Irish through the qualification campaign, matching Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale on 7 goals.
Belgium and Italy both topped their qualification groups, and have star-studded teams, with the Italians enjoying a great record in the tournament, winning once and reaching the finals twice.
Bookmakers are tipping Belgium as the favourites to win the group.
To qualify: PORTUGAL
To top the group: PORTUGAL
With Cristiano Ronaldo leading the Portuguese attack they will always pose a threat, however the Madrid star has a habit of going missing in key games, and Group F is perhaps the most open in the competition.
Austria were unbeaten in qualification and finished an impressive 8 points clear in the group, while Iceland finished ahead of Turkey and the Netherlands in Group A.
Hungary, who reached the finals through the play offs are the bookies outsiders, and will be hard pressed to break out of Group F.
With the groups now drawn it’s a great time to wager on some of the outsiders, before the competition gets started and odds begin to change.
While football betting remains a difficult prospect, a 4 fold of Iceland, Croatia, Wales and Poland to qualify gives 4/1 odds and would bring a £53 return from a £10 stake.
Now you know all about the groups, let’s look at the favourite teams to bet on in Euro 2016.
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