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Group A

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Albania

Minnows Albania qualified second from ‘Group I’ which was no easy task as the group featured Portugal (who they beat) Denmark and Serbia.
The Albanians on paper don’t look like much, but they do function as a unit and could cause problems to a few other teams in this Group.

Key Player – Lorik Cana (Defender)

Key Stat – Albania haven’t lost a competitive road game since September 2013.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 3/1

Odds to Win tournament: 500/1


France

The Hosts France will be one of the Nations to beat this year and are currently 2nd Favourites to lift the trophy at 7/2.

Les Bleus have huge potential coming into this tournament with a plethora of talents that include some of Europes best young players.

If Didier Deschamps can get this team of wonder kids to work as a team they should be close to unstoppable.

Key Player – Paul Pogba (Midfield)

Key Stat – France have only won 1 of their last 8 games at the European Championships.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 1/10

Odds to win tournament: 7/2


Romania

Romania come into the tournament boasting one of the meanest defenses in Europe, during qualification they only conceded 2 Goals with a remarkable 8 clean sheets!

However Iordănescu’s men still have a lot to prove, they came through an easy group and failed to impress. If they are to get anywhere in this competition they will need to improve in front of Goal.

Key Player – Vlad Chiricheş (Defence)

Key Stat – Best Defense during qualification.

Odds to qualify from Group: 11/8

Odds to win Tournament: 250/1


Switzerland

Switzerland qualified from Group E finishing nine points behind England after losing ‘to nil’ twice as England outclassed them on both occasions. The Swiss also lost away to Slovenia during qualification. 

Xherdan Shaqiri is the one shining light in this team and is going to pose a threat to most defences, the Stoke City man scored 4 goals and registered 5 assists during qualification.

Key Player – Xherdan Shaqiri (Attack)

Key Stat – No team was offside more than Switzerland during qualification.

Odds to qualify from Group: 7/10

Odds to win Tournament: 70/1

Group B

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England

England breezed through qualification with a flawless record of 10 wins from 10. The Swiss were the only worthy opponents they faced, and they were brushed aside with ease.

England are famous under achievers in major competitions and we expect no different this year.

Key Player – Harry Kane (Attack)

Key Stat – England recorded the best Goal difference during qualification (+28)

Odds to Qualify from Group: 1/4

Odds to Win tournament: 12/1


Russia

Russia finished second in Group G to qualify behind Austria and were comfortably beaten both times by the Austrians and overall looked poor during qualification.

This is a favourable Group for Russia but we have no confidence in them progressing from the group.

Key Player – Aleksandr Kokorin (Attack)

Key Stat – Artem Dzyuba has scored 8 Goals in his first 15 starts.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 9/10

Odds to win tournament: 80/1


Wales

Wales came second in qualification finishing narrowly behind Belgium to secure their first Major tournament appearance in decades. As you might expect their success in this tournament will rely heavily on the fitness and form of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

In the last three years Wales have only beaten Andorra, Israel, and Cyprus away from the Millennium stadium. They could struggle in France this year.

Key Player – Gareth Bale (Attack)

Key Stat – Gareth Bale had more shots off target than any other player in qualification (21)

Odds to qualify from Group: Evens

Odds to win Tournament: 80/1


Slovakia

Slovakia finished second in Group C behind Spain in qualification and impressed beating Spain and Ukraine along the way to automatic qualification.

This group is wide open for us, so a few positive results could easily see the Slovaks progress.

9/4 to qualify represents a worthy outlay especially considering how unreliable England & Russia have been in recent tournaments.

Key Player – Marek Hamsik.

Key Stat – Vladimír Weiss registered more assists in qualification than any other player (6)

Odds to qualify from Group: 9/4

Odds to win Tournament: 200/1

Group C

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Germany

The World Champions won their qualification Group to get here but had a few concerning results including losses to the Republic of Ireland and Poland. If Germany are to go deep in this tournament they will need them to get over their “World Cup Hangover” first.

Their Group game against Poland will be key to deciding who tops the group.

Key Player – Thomas Muller (Attack)

Key Stat – Germany ranked #1 for attempts on target during qualification (91)

Odds to Qualify from Group: 1/12

Odds to Win tournament: 17/5 (Fav)


Poland

Poland finished in second position behind Germany in qualification last year and should fancy their chances of getting out of this Group.

Key Player – Robert Lewandowski (Attack)

Key Stat – No team scored more Goals than Poland in qualification (33)

Odds to Qualify from Group: 11/13

Odds to win tournament: 66/1


Ukraine

Ukraine finished third in their group and managed to squeeze through in the play-offs against Slovenia. The most concerning thing about Ukraine’s qualification was their inability to beat teams equally or higher ranked teams. They only beat Luxembourg, Belarus, Macedonia in Group C.

With a bit of Luck Ukraine can get out of this group but a win against Northern Ireland is vital and at least one good performance against the Polish or Germans.

Key Player – Andriy Yarmolenko (Midfield)

Key Stat – Ukraine have a record of 1 win and 2 losses at the European Championships

Odds to qualify from Group: Evens

Odds to win Tournament: 100/1


Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland shocked all of Europe last year when they managed to top their group and qualify for their first major tournament since 1982. But in truth they had a very easy group and should struggle in France.

Northern Ireland struggled massively away from home in the qualification stages only managing wins over Hungary, Greece and the Faroe Islands. We should also note that the Greece team they faced in qualification was one of the worst in their history.

Key Player – Kyle Lafferty (Attack)

Key Stat – Of all the teams to qualify, Northern Ireland have the worst Pass completion in the competition (82%)

Odds to qualify from Group: 15/4

Odds to win Tournament: 500/1

Group D

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Spain

Spain were near perfect in qualification with 9 wins from 10 and only 3 goals conceded. Not a lot of people are talking about Spain’s chances this year. Can they win their third consecutive Championship? If Spain can sort out their attacking line in this tournament they could be in with a great chance of retaining their European crown. They have a wealth of talent with De Gea, Ramos, Iniesta, Pique, Koke, Fabregas, Mata and Diego Costa.

Key Player – David Silva (Midfield)

Key Stat – Spain have won 11 of their last 12 games at the European Championships.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 1/16

Odds to Win tournament: 11/2


Croatia

Croatia qualified in 2nd position behind Italy in Group H with an impressive campaign that seen them lose only one game. The Croats have one of the most impressive midfields in world football with Rakitic, Kovacic and Modric. We expect Croatia to get out of this group after a disappointing run in 2012. Don’t put a deep tournament run past Croatia, they’re more than capable.

Key Player – Ivan Rakitić (Midfield)

Key Stat – Croatia have made it to the 1/4 finals twice (’96 & ’08)

Odds to Qualify from Group: 2/5

Odds to win tournament: 30/1


Czech Republic

The Czech’s won their group in qualification beating The Netherlands, Turkey and Iceland to the top spot in Group A. This will be the Czech’s 9th appearance at the European Championships and will prove difficult to beat. For us, this is the “Group of Death” and the most difficult to call, Spain and Croatia should take 1st and 2nd place in the group but the Czechs certainly cannot be ruled out.

Key Player – Petr Čech (Goalkeeper)

Key Stat – Of all the teams to qualify, The Czechs had the worst defensive record in qualification with 1.4 Goals conceded per game.

Odds to qualify from Group: 7/5

Odds to win Tournament: 125/1


Turkey

Turkey qualified from Group A in third position behind the Czech Republic and Iceland.

They made it to the Semi-Finals the last time they qualified for this tournament and with world class talent on show like Arda Turan, Hakan Çalhanoğlu they could cause problems.
Key Player – Arda Turan (Midfield)

Key Stat – Turkey are unbeaten in their last 11 games. (at the time of writing)

Odds to qualify from Group: 7/4

Odds to win Tournament: 100/1

Group E

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Belgium

Belgium won their Group beating Wales and and Bosnia to top spot in a group they were alway going to win. Belgium meteoric rise in World football seen them briefly ranked #1 in the world and are a lot of peoples dark horses at 12/1 to win the competition. There’s no question in our mind that Belgium will qualify from this group but we doubt their ability to beat the top sides in this tournament, a Semi-Final appearance should be their minimum expectation this year.

Key Player – Kevin De Bruyne (Midfield)

Key Stat – Belgium averaged 2.4 Goals per game during qualification.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 1/5

Odds to Win tournament: 12/1


Italy

The four-time world champions won their group and now boast a absurd 30 game unbeaten streak in qualifiers.
After finishing up as runners-up last time around expect the Azzuri to be hungry to go one better this year.

18/1 to win the tournament represents a decent bet in our eyes, the Italians might be overlooked after their disappointing World Cup two years ago but we cannot forget this is a team that is unbeaten competitively since June 2014.
Key Player – Giorgio Chiellini (Defence)

Key Stat – Italy only conceded on average 0.7 Goals per game during qualification.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 1/5

Odds to win tournament: 18/1


Sweden

Sweden finished third in their group in qualification and were lucky to squeeze past Denmark in the playoffs.

Sorry to all you Swedes out there…. but Sweden are one the weakest teams in the tournament in our opinion.

Sweden won’t qualify from this Group, and could easily lose all three group games, An aging Zlatan Ibrahimovic will prove to Europe how ineffectual they are this year.

Key Player – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Attack)

Key Stat – Sweden committed more fouls than any other team during qualification.

Odds to qualify from Group: 5/6

Odds to win Tournament: 100/1


Republic of Ireland

Ireland got through the play-offs convincingly beating Bosnia & Herzegovina (3-1)

But perhaps the most surprising thing about their campaign so far was their results against the World Champions.

Ireland managed to beat Germany 1-0 at home and picked up a respectable 1-1 draw away from home.
The Republic were embarrassed back in 2012 and will be looking for a much-improved performance this year.

Key Player – Shane Long (Attack)

Key Stat – Ireland have the second worst pass completion (83%) in this years Championship, with only Northern Ireland being worse.

Odds to qualify from Group: 6/5

Odds to win Tournament: 150/1

Group F

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Portugal

Portugal finished first in their group with ease after winning all but one of their qualification games.

This is one of the easier groups in the competition which means we fully expect Portugal to get through to the knockout rounds, but were not sure how far they can progress relying so much on Cristiano.

Key Player – Cristiano Ronaldo (Attack)

Key Stat – Portugal won every qualification game in with Cristiano featured.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 1/4

Odds to Win tournament: 18/1


Austria

Austria won their group in qualification in quite emphatic fashion (9 wins 1 loss) and shocked a lot of people including us.

At 40/1 they represent the best “darkhorse” outright bet of the tournament.

We feel Austria will progress from this group as they prove too strong from Hungary and Iceland. With players like Alaba (Bayern) and Arnautovic (Stoke) as well as a host of other talents playing in the Bundesliga we feel they can make a run if they can carry their recent form into the tournament.

Key Player – David Alaba (Defence)

Key Stat – Austria have won their last 9 competitive games.

Odds to Qualify from Group: 3/5

Odds to win tournament: 40/1


Iceland

Iceland impressed in qualification finishing second in group A just behind the Czech Republic.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of their campaign was their two wins against the Netherlands. Iceland have a fantastic coach behind them in Lars Lagerbäck and if he can rally them as he did during qualification there’s no reason they can’t turn a few heads.

If they are to qualify from this group an unlikey win against Portugal or Austria will be needed.

Key Player – Gylfi Sigurdsson (Midfield)

Key Stat – This is Iceland’s first appearance at a major competition.

Odds to qualify from Group: 6/5

Odds to win Tournament: 100/1


Hungary

Hungary finished third in their group behind Northern Ireland and Romania and scrapped through the play-offs with a win against a weak Norwegian side.

Priced at 500/1 to win the tournament we believe the bookies have it spot on. They are the worst team in the competition. They may pick up a point from some staunch defending, but we really don’t see them winning a game.

Key Player – Balázs Dzsudzsák (Midfield)

Key Stat – No team picked up more yellow cards than Hungary during qualification (38)

Odds to qualify from Group: 2/1

Odds to win Tournament: 500/1


 

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