Euro 2016 Betting
Euro 2016 Betting: 4 Teams To Look Out For
Other than the Rio Olympics, the Euro 2016 Tournament is arguably one of the most anticipated football events this year. With 24 teams participating, it’s also easily the largest football tournament in this year’s FIFA calendar (the Copa Americas and Rio Olympics only have 16 participants each). So what are the odds that sports betting enthusiasts are faced with for this tournament?
Great Odds For France and Germany
As of now, France and Germany are the favorites to win Euro 2016. The odds for France is currently set at 3/1 (16/5 in most sportsbooks) while Germany’s is 4/1 (9/2 in most sportsbooks). Of course, these odds aren’t set in stone as they might still change once the tournament starts. As the home team, France is expected to be a strong contender in the tournament. The French have won the European Championships in 1984 and the World Cup in 1998 on home soil so there’s plenty of pressure on them to win one again.
Bookmakers and pundits are of the opinion that outside of their home advantage, the French are still going to be favorites in the tournament. France currently have only 5 players over 30 and will be fielding a young forward rotation featuring Manchester United’s Anthony Martial. In the midfield, the French have dynamic players such as Juventus’ Paul Pogba and Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante’.
Trouble For Germany?
On the other hand, Germany’s high odds for winning Euro 2016 has to do with them being the defending FIFA World Cup champions. The Germans are fielding nearly the same set of players that won the World Cup for them and are the favorites to come out of their group (Group C). Expect Germany’s matches to be high scoring thanks to a midfield and forward rotation that has Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, and Mario Gotze.
Probably the only issue pundits and bookmakers have with this team is their showing during the qualification phase. They lost a close match against England and was held scoreless by Poland. Although Germany has historically had their best performances during tournaments (and not qualifiers), it’s still alarming that they’d have this hard of a time just qualifying.
Is Spain’s Golden Age Over?
Outside of France and Germany, Spain has the third best odds of winning Euro 2016. At 5/1, many bookmakers are expecting the Las Rojas to go as far as the tournament’s Finals. The Spaniards aren’t as well regarded as before though thanks to numerous changes to the team’s core. David de Gea is likely to be the goalkeeper now with Iker Casillas in decline. Other key members of the World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 winning teams like Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres are now gone as well.
With their core broken up, it’s understandable why many aren’t too high on Spain. Make no mistake though, this squad still has what it takes to be competitive. Andres Iniesta can still turn around games with his inspirational play. If they’re in top form, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva could also have positive impacts on the field. Alvaro Morata and Nolito also show promise as forwards though their effectiveness will largely be determined by how manager Vicente Del Bosque will use them.
Does England Have A Surprise Up Its Sleeve?
Perhaps one of the most surprising favorites to win Euro 2016 is England with its 8/1 odds. Harry Kane and Jaime Vardy are two of the new faces that the English hope would change their standing in international play. So far, England has won all 10 of its Euro 2016 qualifying matches including a 3-2 win against Germany. They’ve scored a total of 31 goals and their defense has only conceded 3 so far. Whether they can continue to play at this level though is another question.
Really, the main issue with England’s team now isn’t the lack of quality players (as in previous years) but the abundance of it. This is especially true for their forward rotation. Aside from Kane and Vardy, there’s also captain Wayne Rooney. Roy Hodgson is committed to Kane and Rooney which means sacrificing Vardy’s minutes. Considering Vardy has been the better player (compared to Rooney) this year, it’d be a shame if he only played sparingly. Him and Kane as scoring forwards up top will undoubtedly make England a hard out for any team.
Who Should You Be Betting On?
If you’re looking to bet on a sure winner then France undoubtedly has the best chances. However, the teams mentioned earlier in the article can also be considered great choices. They all feature deep rotations that can pose a threat to the French’s home advantage. Germany in particular is a good team to bet on if you’re not too keen on France. Spain is also a great choice but their new players are untested and it’s likely that they’ll bow down to either France or Germany in the Finals. As for England, most analysts consider them a dark horse to win it all this year. If Roy Hodgson can somehow harness the talent he has at his disposal, then we might be seeing England with at least a top-4 finish.