On this section we will present some of our best betting tips and predictions for the Euro 2016 Championships.
Closer to the tournament there will be more detailed Euro Cup betting picks and also predictions for special bets.
Predictions for the Euro 2016 Group Stages
The top two in each group will go through to the knockout phase along with the four best third-placed teams. That means that there are certain to be some dramatic twists and turns before the final sixteen are decided. It will also provide incentives for teams who would normally have been eliminated before the concluding fixtures. There are some very competitive groups but here are our early predictions on who will make it through.
Group A: (France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland)
The host nation must be delighted with the outcome of the draw and they were immediately cut to as short as 3-1 favourites to win the tournament outright. They won the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup on home soil and it will be a major shock if they do not progress from Group A with ease. Switzerland are tipped to finish second in the group ahead of Romania and Albania.
Prediction: 1. France, 2. Switzerland, 3. Romania, 4. Albania
Group B: (England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia)
England are favourites to top Group B but will find this a lot tougher than their qualifying group. Wales, superbly led by Gareth Bale, put together a magnificent campaign to reach the finals of a major competition for the first time in almost 60 years. Although the clash between the two will get plenty of attention, Russian and Slovakia are both capable of springing a surprise. It is worth remembering that Slovakia beat Spain on their way to qualifying while Russia have a relatively new coach in Leonid Slutsky.
Prediction: 1. England, 2. Wales, 3. Slovakia, 4. Russia
Group C: (Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland)
Northern Ireland’s joy at qualifying for Euro 2016 must have been dampened by the draw for the Group stages. They have never made it to the finals before but face a massive task if they are to go any further. Germany were not entirely convincing in qualifying but are still World Champions and have the knack of peaking at the major tournaments. Poland will rely heavily on Robert Lewandowski while Ukraine are difficult opponents.
Prediction: 1. Germany, 2. Poland, 3. Ukraine, 4. Northern Ireland
Group D: (Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia)
Spain are chasing a third straight European Championship title but are only third favourites. They have plenty of talent in their squad but do not seem to have the same aura about them as the squads of 2008 and 2012. Croatia have some star names including Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic while the Czech Republic won a group which included Turkey and the Netherlands.
Prediction: 1. Spain, 2. Croatia, 3. Czech Republic, 4. Turkey
Group E: (Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden)
Group E is arguably the most exciting of all with all four teams believing that they can qualify. The Republic of Ireland have battled through qualification but will start outsiders for each of their three games. Italy have the pedigree to do well in this tournament but their tough draw has seen them drift out to 20-1 in places. Belgium are group favourites but failed to live up their billing at the World Cup. Sweden will look to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and this group promises to go right to the wire.
Prediction: 1. Italy, 2. Belgium, 3. Sweden, 4. Republic of Ireland
Group F: (Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary)
Portugal replaced their manager after losing their opening qualifying game against Albania. The side then proceeded to win their next seven matches. Cristiano Ronaldo is still to fulfil his potential at a major tournament but there will be plenty of support for the 20-1 outsiders here. They can have no complaints about the draw, Austria being their most dangerous opponents. Iceland are making their first ever appearance in a major tournament while it has been thirty years since Hungary got this far.
Prediction: 1. Portugal, 2. Austria, 3. Hungary, 4. Iceland
France are vying with World Champions Germany for favouritism but you can get still odds of 7-2 about the host nation if you shop around. Portugal look the best outsiders at around 20-1 as they should win their group decisively.