Euro 2016 Group Stage Draw Preview and Betting Odds15th December 2015 / lee
The twenty four nations making their way to the Euro 2016 Finals next summer in France now all know what they will be up against in the group stage. The draw is all laid out ahead for the opening round of the tournament, which for the first time ever has been expanded to include so many teams.
The upshot of that is that there will, for the first time, be a round of sixteen at the European Championships, so whoever the eventual winners are, they will have to have gotten through an extra match compared to recent tournaments. Because of the new expanded format of the European Championships, the draw is a little bit different as well.
There are six groups of four nations each and the top two from each of those groups will move through to the round of sixteen, so that’s twelve nations moving through leaving four places. The other four places in the round of sixteen will be filled by the four best third-placed teams from the group stage. So that means of the original 24 starting nation’s only eight will drop out in the first round.
Euro 2016 Main Contenders
So how did the major players in the European Championships fare in the Euro 2016 draw? Well you have to start with Spain of course who are the double-reigning champions at the tournament. They were put together in Group D alongside Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey. The Spaniards look to have fully gotten over their 2014 FIFA World Cup horror show but this is a tricky group. Croatia are technically sound, while the Czechs beat out the likes of Holland and Turkey to win their qualifying group. Spain are 9/2 outright at Bet365 in Euro 2016 betting.
Germany look to have relatively comfortable passage through to the round of sixteen, their big hurdle in their path to winning the group will be Poland. The two of those clashed of course during qualifying for Euro 2016 and the Poles, fired along by Robert Lewandowski, did manage to beat the World Champions so it could be interesting duel between them for supremacy in Group C. The Germans remained outright favourites to win the tournament, sitting as 10/3 favourites with Bet365.
Host nation France split Germany and Spain in the Euro 2016 outright winner betting market. The French look pretty well equipped to make a strong challenge on home turf. While they haven’t played competitive football since the 2014 World Cup, they have recorded international friendly wins over Germany and Portugal this season. They have a lot of technical quality and the firepower to deliver the goods. Back in 1984 France hosted the European Championships and walked away with the title after beating Spain in the final.
Home nations at Euro 2016
So how did the UK and Ireland fare from their entries in the draw for Euro 2016? England, who qualified with ten wins from ten were the first name out of the draw behind host nation France. That put them as top seeds in Group B and then Wales were drawn out to join them there. The fixture adds a great extra focus on the European Championships, a little friendly rivalry to warm up the action in Group B.
England and Wales recently went up against each other in Euro 2012 qualifiers and England won both of them. England open against Russia at Euro 2016 with the Welsh taking on Slovakia before the Battle of Britain England v Wales at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on June 16. England are 10/1 to win Euro 2016 outright.
Northern Ireland won’t be too happy with the draw that they received for Euro 2016. After such great work in winning their qualification group and getting to the finals they face a tough group in having to take on Germany, Poland and the Ukraine. There’s no easy game there for Michael O’Neill’s men there at all in Group C and they are running as 9/1 outsiders to qualify from the group.
Ireland in contrast look as if they have a great shot at making it through to the round of sixteen. They aren’t in an easy looking group having to take on Belgium, Italy and Sweden but there are points on offer there. Wales took four points off Belgium in qualifying, Sweden can be tamed easily if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is kept quiet and Italy aren’t as strong as many will perceive them to be. Great shot for Ireland and value at 14/5 to qualify.
Euro 2016 Outright
Germany 10/3, France 3/1, Spain 9/2, Belgium 11/1, England 11/1, Portugal 16/1, Italy 20/1, Croatia 33/1, Austria 33/1, 66/1 bar
France, Switzerland, Romania, Albania
England, Russia, Slovakia, Wales
Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Northern Ireland
Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkey
Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Ireland
Portugal, Austria, Hungary, Iceland
Euro 2016 Dates and place
The Tournament is hosted by France and will run from June 10th through July 10th. In total there will be 51 matches (a huge increase from the 31 at the 16-team tournament) at Euro 2016 to get your betting teeth into and the event will be hosted across ten cities, Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.
The tournament starts and concludes at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis with host nation France taking on Romania in the curtain-raiser on June 10th. France have hosted the tournament twice before, one of them being the inaugural European Championship back in 1960. As mentioned, whey hosted the 1984 Finals and walked away with the title.
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