Euro 2016 Betting
Euro 2016 Betting Preview
With European club football nearing the end of the 2015-16 season, attention is rapidly starting to focus on Euro 2016 which gets underway on Friday 10th June.
Over the next few weeks there will be a plethora of Euro 2016 betting previews available across a variety of media outlets. The bookmakers will also be keen to cash-in on a major sporting event, so expect a deluge of tempting Euro 2016 betting offers and Euro 2016 free bets to help get you in the mood.
Outright Winner (at time of writing)
- France 7/2; Germany 7/2; Spain 6/1; England 9/1; Belgium 12/1; Italy 16/1; Portugal 25/1; Croatia 33/1; Austria 50/1; Poland 66/1; Russia 66/1; Switzerland 80/1; Turkey 80/1; Wales 80/1; Sweden 100/1; Czech Republic 125/1; Iceland 125/1; Ukraine 125/1; Republic of Ireland 150/1; Slovakia 150/1; Romania 250/1; Hungary 350/1; Albania 500/1 and Northern Ireland 500/1.
The bookies are generally offering 1/2 the odds for an each-way bet to reach the final.
- Thomas Muller 8/1; Cristiano Ronaldo 9/1; Antoine Griezmann 12/1; Robert Lewandowski 16/1; Romelu Lukaku 18/1; Harry Kane 20/1; Olivier Giroud 20/1; Diego Costa 25/1; Alvaro Morata 28/1; Anthony Martial 33/1; Zlatan Ibrahimovic 33/1; Paco Alcacer 33/1; Alexandre Lacazette 33/1; 40/1 bar.
The bookies are generally offering 1/4 the odds for an e/w bet on the top four goalscorers, although you need to be aware of dead-heat rules in the event of a tie.
Poland might not be expected to be among the contenders to win in the Euro 2016 betting, but in Robert Lewandowski they have a striker of the highest quality who bagged 13 goals in qualification and looks well-priced to be Euro 2016 top goalscorer.
Germany are even money with Skybet to reach the semi-finals and that looks a very decent Euro 2016 bet. It’s not often the Germans disappoint on the big stage.
There’s no one dominant team that stands out with regards to Euro 2016 outright betting going into the tournament.
As World Cup holders and given their consistency at major tournaments, Germany should be on everyone’s shortlist of potential winners. The topped their group in qualifying, but they weren’t altogether convincing at times.
Two-time defending champions Spain might not be quite the force they were a few years back, but they came through qualification winning nine of their 10 matches and conceding just three goals.
Big things have been expected of Belgium for a few years now and the squad is probably just about coming into its peak age-wise going into the Euros. They’ve recently slipped to number two in the FIFA world rankings, but are still top of the pile as far as UEFA countries are concerned.
Host nation France are vying with Germany for favouritism and it’s easy to see why. Didier Deschamps has a squad that looks well-balanced, with cover in just about every position. There is also a decent mix of youth and experience and, of course, they have the not insignificant benefit of playing in their own stadia and before their own supporters.
The downside is that Karim Benzema has already been omitted from Deschamps’ plans for his alleged role in the sex tape plot to blackmail fellow French international, Mathieu Valbuena. With the French national team having a fair bit of history when it comes to infighting, dealing with the situation well ahead of the finals was a sensible decision.
The other issue is that they could have a shortage of options in central defence, depending on injury and suspension developments. Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma is already ruled out as a long-term injury absentee, Jeremy Mathieu faces a race against time to be fit and Mamadou Sakho faces the possibility of a lengthy ban for a failed drug test.
Even so, the French look the pick of the bunch as things stand and they also have the added incentive of wanting to send a defiant message in light of the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015, which included suicide bombings at the Stade de France whilst the national team were playing Germany. The will of the French people could be a decisive factor.
There are other nations worthy of consideration of course. There is little to get excited about in the current Italian squad, but that was equally true four years ago when they finished as Euro 2012 runners-up. Portugal feature some bloke called Cristiano Ronaldo who always ensures that they can’t be discounted. And then there’s England.
England Euro 2016 Betting
At a best price of 9/1, England are currently ranked fourth favourites in the Euro 2016 betting odds behind France, Germany and Spain.
With 16 of the 24 finalists qualifying for the knock-out stage, which will entail three teams from four of the groups doing so, England really should extend their stay beyond the group phase at least.
How much further they go will depend on various factors, not least of which is whether the draw favours them in the knock-out stage. England certainly possess enough quality to compete with anyone, but they do look suspect defensively.
If you fancy a repeat of England’s World Cup 2014 disaster, you can get 12/1 on them to finish bottom of Group B. A Euro 2016 free bet on such an outcome might dampen the disappointment for England supporters should that happen.
Harry Kane 2/1; Wayne Rooney 4/1; Jamie Vardy 5/1; Daniel Sturridge 10/1; Danny Welbeck 12/1; Dele Alli 12/1; 20/1 bar.
Harry Kane looks the obvious choice here as the in-form striker and the one whom Roy Hodgson will surely select to lead the line. Wayne Rooney has to be in the reckoning as England captain and record goalscorer and, whether he deserves to be or not, an almost certain starter. Danny Welbeck could be the value punt though. He scored six goals in five qualifiers before injury curtailed his involvement and he is a firm favourite of Hodgson, so should get plenty of game time.
Group stage – 7/1; Last 16 – 5/2; Quarter-finals – 3/1; Semi-finals – 11/2; Runners-up – 9/1; Winners – 10/1 (Coral bizarrely have England at a bigger price to end Euro 2016 as winners under their Stage of elimination betting than they do in the outright market).
Eliminated at the group stage and finishing bottom of their group in World Cup 2014, England really should improve on that in France. Not only are they in a weaker group on this occasion, but with three teams progressing from four of the six groups, England could feasibly qualify for the last 16 with three draws. A quarter-final exit would seem about par for the course for England and at 3/1 it might be worth including in your Euro 2016 betting.
Group A betting: France (4/11); Switzerland (9/2); Romania (10/1); Albania (28/1)
Group B betting: England (5/6); Russia (100/30); Wales (11/2); Slovakia (9/1)
Group C betting: Germany (2/5); Poland (5/1); Ukraine (17/2); Northern Ireland (28/1)
Group D betting: Spain (4/6); Croatia (7/2); Czech Republic (9/1); Turkey (9/1)
Group E betting: Belgium (5/4); Italy (7/4); Sweden (13/2); Republic of Ireland (12/1)
Group F betting: Portugal (1/1); Austria (9/4); Iceland (11/2); Hungary (12/1)
With each team playing just three games at the group stage, it’s always a risk getting too heavily involved in selecting group winners. One poor result or a team easing up once qualified to rest players or even to secure a more preferable draw in the knock-out stage can easily scupper such a bet.
Given the quality of their midfield in particular, Croatia might represent a bit of value at 7/2 in Group D. If playing it relatively safe, a double on France and Germany to win their groups should pay around 10/11.