The summer is usually the dullest moment in the year for each football fan since most of his favorite leagues are in vacation. That’s unless there’s a major international competition on the line and EURO 2016 in France is anticipated all around Europe. This is the first time there will be 24 teams in the tournament and it means more matches than ever. Most of the nations believe they can do something special, but who are the main favorites? We’ve picked our top suggestions at the current moment.
You just can’t look beyond the Germans right now. They are the reigning World Champions and this alone should be enough of a reason to put them among the favorites. All of their key players seem to be performing very well in their clubs with the likes of Muller, Neuer and Boateng part of the strong core in Bayern Munich while Ozil and Kroos are doing their magic abroad. With all the experience and quality available all around the pitch, Germany is the top contender this summer. The odds for them winning are about 4.00 in most bookies and this seems like a good investment.
Never write the hosts off, when it comes to major international tournaments. The support of a whole nation and some gifts from the referees can do wonders. Even South Korea was in top 4 when they hosted the World Cup! This time around, France has much more arguments than the home crowd alone. Their squad has a backbone of world class players like Pogba, Benzema, Griezmann, Giroud, Hugo Lloris and others. It has also a good mix of youth and experience which makes France the second favorite alongside Germany. The odds for the hosts are also about 4.00 in most sportsbooks and are worth a shot.
Potential Dark Horses
European Championships seem much more competitive than World Cups as we often see big favorites go out in the group stages and other teams reach later stages against the odds. Just remember that Denmark and Greece won the EUROs and there’s almost always some unexpected nation in the top 4. This time around the best bets seem to be Wales and Belgium. Both had impressive qualifiers and both have some great players, especially the latter. Odds for Belgium are above 10 and with players such as Hazard (despite his recent struggles), De Bruyne, Lukaku, Alaba they are a solid choice. The Welsh don’t have so many stars, but they are a very organized team with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey leading the line. Odds of 80 for them to win might be a bit of stretch, but you can get 10 for Wales to reach the semis which seems like a good value.
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