France top our Euro 2016 betting markets
This summer, Didier Deschamps’ France will attempt to win the European Championship on home soil. In years gone by, home nations have performed well at the Euros and there’s absolutely no reason why France cannot be crowned champions in front of an adoring crowd at the Stade de France on July 10th.
If nothing else, France are one of the strongest teams on paper. The likes of Anthony Martial, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba are all top talents and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Deschamps’ men run riot this summer. In terms of attacking prowess, not one of the 24 nations competing at Euro 2016 can compete with France on a player-by-player basis.
At the time of writing, Les Bleus are priced at 16/5 to win the Euro 2016 title. While their offensive talent is noticeable, they also boast one of the best defensive units in international football. Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris gives France a reliable pair of hands between the sticks while Laurent Koscielny and Raphael Varane work incredibly well as a centre-back pairing.
France have a fairly straightforward group and Deschamps’ men (1/3) should advance to the last-16 as Group A winners. From there, it’s anyone’s guess. The French fans will be demanding success at Euro 2016 and if truth be told, they’re right. This France side SHOULD be good enough to go all the way and win the competition. Whether they will or not, only time will tell…
Germany are looking to win a second successive major title
Joachim Loew’s men are a force to be reckoned with this summer. Germany sent out a major statement at the 2014 World Cup, beating Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals before edging past Argentina to win the competition. Now, they’re ready to go again and win at Euro 2016 – and they certainly have the players to go all the way and win the competition.
Germany’s success is built on organisation. Yes, they have plenty of talent in their ranks but their defensive unit is – and has been for quite some time – the best in world football. Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is one of the best on the planet and he is likely to play a key role for his nation this summer as they seek a record fourth European Championship crown.
In attack, Loew may choose to go with Neuer’s Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller as a ‘false nine’. It worked at the World Cup, so why can’t it work at Euro 2016? Germany are a competent, technical side and playing with no out-and-out striker actually suits their style. That way, Muller (8/1 to finish as the top goalscorer at Euro 2016) can sneak into the box and exploit slack defending.
Can Germany win the competition this summer? Well, they are in with a great chance. Loew’s side are currently valued at 16/5 to be crowned Euro 2016 champions on July 10th and it would take a brave man to back against the World Cup winners. After all, they are certainly gifted and organised enough to reach the semi-finals at the very least.
Write off Hodgson’s England at your peril…
Can England finally win their first European Championship title? On paper, yes. However, the Three Lions always seem to flop on the big stage. Roy Hodgson’s provisional 26-man squad looks strong but England fans won’t be getting ahead of themselves after fifty years of heartbreak following their incredible World Cup victory on home soil in 1966.
Ultimately, Hodgson’s decisions will determine whether England are contenders or eliminated at the first hurdle. If he opts to deploy Wayne Rooney upfront, the Three Lions will crash and burn. But if Hodgson plays Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane (16/1 to finish as the top scorer at Euro 2016) in attack, England could light up this year’s tournament.
Defensively, England are a bit of a mixed bag. Joe Hart is a decent shot stopper but he is prone to the odd mistake while fans won’t exactly be inspired by the central defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill. However, their full-backs are fantastic and whether Hodgson selects Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose or Ryan Bertrand, England are in safe hands.
England (9/1 to lift the Euro 2016 trophy) will need plenty of luck but they certainly have enough potential to regard them as contenders. Yes, the Three Lions fail to inspire confidence on the big stage but Hodgson could be the man to guide England away from the dark doldrums of international football and to a first European Championship success.
Spain have been quietly going about their business
During qualification, most of the attention was on the likes of Germany and France but Spain may just be THE team to beat at Euro 2016 this summer. Vicente del Bosque has selected a very strong squad ahead of the competition and Spanish supporters will be starting to get excited at their chances of claiming a third successive European Championship crown on July 10th.
Spain were very disappointing at the 2014 World Cup but it’s hard to imagine Del Bosque’s men will crash out at the group stages this time around. While Croatia and Turkey pose threats, Spain are still great value (4/7) to top Group D. If nothing else, the Euro 2012 champions will be keen to eradicate the memories of their poor performances in Brazil.
There were no places for Juan Mata, Diego Costa or Fernando Torres in Del Bosque’s squad, which says a lot about Spain’s strength in depth. It could be argued that La Liga has replaced the Premier League as the best division on the planet and Spain’s squad unsurprisingly consists of mostly players from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
If Spain (4/1 in Betbright’s Euro 2016 betting markets) win all three group games, they will build some momentum ahead of the knockout stages. Spain thrive on confidence and you’d have to fancy Del Bosque’s men to reach the semi-finals if they top the group. After all, they do boast one of the most gifted midfield corps in international football – and that could be the difference this summer.
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