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Jun 08

The Ultimate Euro 2016 Betting Guide

unnamed-42Hello everyone and welcome to our guide on all things Euro 2016. This guide will walk through all the squads and groups at this years Euros and look to answer the question, who or what should I bet on this summer? Now, like every tournament we expect more than one shock, more likely or not coming from England, so don’t take the guide as gospel, especially our golden boot suggestions. If the last World Cup is anything to go by, it will be difficult to choose a winner, so try and use this guide as something that can help you make your own final decisions and let’s all try and make some money this summer.

The Squads

This section will look through each squad and evaluate their chances in this year’s competition. It will pick out key players, players to watch and look at each nation’s chances this summer, plus offer tips on a range of markers, from golden boot winner, to amount of goals scored and even how far a nation may progress. Please be aware though, these squads are mainly provisional ones and may have changed since we started writing this piece.

Header_Euros_AlbaniaA pretty emotional competition for Albania, competing in their first ever major tournament, having secured second spot, after an impressive 3-0 over Armenia in their final fixture. Along the way they beat Portugal in Portugal, as well as beating and drawing with France in the centralized friendlies, who were effectively the sixth member of the group.

Though the side lacks any form of goal threat, scoring only 7 goals in 7 games, after they were handed a 3-0 win against Serbia. These 7 goals, meant they averaged a goal a game in qualifying which was scored by six different players and one own goal.

Key ManLorik Cana

The heartbeat of Albania’s side, the former Sunderland man is closing in on his 100th cap and nobody will feel prouder when they step out for Albania’s first game at the finals. Currently playing for Nantes, Cana is not only the most experienced player of the squad but the only one to have ever really played at the highest level in club football. He may not set the tournament on fire, scoring goals and lifting the coveted trophy, but his leadership skills will be the spearhead of anything good the nation does this summer.

Player to Watch: Taulant Xhaka

The lesser-known of the Xhaka brothers, the Swiss-born, Taulant has become an important player for Albania since debuting in 2014. A versatile footballer across defence or midfield, he plays intelligently and tenaciously in the middle of the park for his country, similar to the role his brother plays for Switzerland. People don’t expect much from Albania this summer, but they won’t be going down without a fight and performances from Xhaka will be key to this.

(provisional 27-man squad) 

Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (Lazio), Alban Hoxha (Partizani), Orges Shehi (Skenderbeu)

Defenders: Lorik Cana (Nantes), Arlind Ajeti (Frosinone), Berat Gjimshiti (Atalanta), Mergim Mavraj (Koln), Amir Rrahmani (Split), Elseid Hysaj (Napoli), Ansi Agolli (Qarabag), Frederic Veseli (Lugano), Naser Aliji (Basel)

Midfielders: Ledjan Memushaj (Pescara), Ergys Kace (PAOK), Andi Lila (Giannina), Migjen Basha (Como), Odise Roshi (Rijeka), Burim Kukeli (Zurich), Ermir Lenjani (Nantes), Herolind Shala (Slovan Liberec), Taulant Xhaka (Basel), Armir Abrashi (Freiburg)

Forwards: Bekim Balaj (Rijeka), Sokol Cikalleshi (Medipol Baksasehir), Armando Sadiku (Vaduz), Milot Rashica (Vitesse), Shkelzen Gashi (Colorado Rapids)

Header_Euros_AustriaSo with Austria only entering their second European Championships to date, manager Marcel Koller has only named a 24 man provisional squad for his warm up matches. Austria qualified for this summer’s tournament, having won 9 games on the bounce, after their opening game draw with Sweden. A key feature to the Austrian’s success in qualifying was a stern defensive, equipped with current Premier League winner Fuchs, plus the likes of Munich David Alaba, holding in midfield.

Since their final qualifying game, they have struggled in recent friendlies, but with their opening fixture against the likely tournament whipping boys, Hungary, they should get off to a strong start.

Key ManDavid Alaba

Probably the first name on the team sheet for Austria this summer, as well as the most well known. The Munich full back is used to playing at the highest level, though features in a central midfield role for his country. Only two teams in qualifying, averaged less passes per goal than Austria and that ability to switch the play is in no small part down to Alaba. Not just a supplier, the defender come midfielder scored four goals in qualifying and has scored 11 in 42 games for his country; stats you rarely see in most international strikers.

Player to WatchMark Janko

Probably one of the lesser named strikers across Europe, but one who certainly knows his way to goal, Janko scored 7 goals in qualifying. This 6ft5 striker, who currently plays his trade for Swiss club Basel, has regained the scoring form which saw him gain a move to Portuguese giants Porto in 2012. Maybe not one of their most technically gifted players, it’s Janko’s presence up top and in front of goal which could see him surprise a lot of people this summer and possibly take the golden boot.

Tips: 

Janko to be Austria Top Scorer (2/1)

Janko to win the golden boot, each way (50/1)

(provisional 24-man squad) 

Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt).

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dinamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Gyorgy Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prodl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Alessandro Schopf (Schalke), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg).

Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 Munich), Marc Janko (Basel).

unnamed-14Currently the highest ranked European side in FIFA’s world rankings, sitting 2nd behind Argentina, many are dubbing this young Belgian side as potential champions of this summer’s tournament. It was a relatively simple qualification for Belgium, with Wales their only loss throughout the ten games, who boast a squad full of potential and current world class talent, the majority of whom feature week in week out in the Premier League. Though they will be missing the heart of their defence in Vincent Kompany, they can still call upon the BPL’s best defensive pairing from last season in Vertonghen and Alderweireld.

One major issue however is who will lead the side this summer? A team who even, baring in mind their age, have played an abundance of football in recent years, may feel the pressure, with such a weight of expectations on their shoulders. Kompany was the only real leader in the squad and may falter without his leadership.

Key ManKevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne has been making an impression for Manchester City in the Premier League this season and the Belgian ace will be a key player for the national team at Euro 2016. He scored five times during qualifying and will pose a constant threat to opposition defences. Probably one of the best players in Europe at present, if he can replicate his club form this summer, they could well be lifting the trophy this summer.

Player to WatchDivock Origi

This is probably a weird choice, when you consider the host of Belgian players to chose from, but seeing as Marc Wilmots is yet to define who is his first choice striker, Origi who got better with every game under Klopp, scoring 10 goals in all competitions last season, the exact same as fellow countryman and teammate Benteke. Wilmots clearly likes and has confidence in this striker, who deployed his services in the last World Cup, which was repaid when he scored the winner against Russia in a 1-0 win to see them qualify. Though it’s unlikely Wilmots will drop or look passed Lukaku’s exploits, if given the chance, we believe he could return his managers trust.

Tips: 

Euro 2016 Winners (11/1)

To reach the Quarter Finals (10/11)

Origi Belgium’s top scorer (9/1)

(provisional 24-man squad) 

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Moussa Dembele (Tottenham)

Forwards: , Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool).

unnamed-21Croatia have previous at European Championships, reaching the last eight in both 1996 and 2008 – and a squad containing some breathtaking talents will have underachieved if it does not at least achieve something similar this time.

However even with a squad full of young and world class talent, the Croatians somewhat struggled in qualification. Though only losing one game, they may have missed out on an automatic place in France, had Norway won their last qualifying game. However scoring 20 and only conceding 5, meant they’d average two goals per game, only shifting 1 every two fixtures. However out of these 20 goals they scored in 10 games, star striker Mandzukic managed only one goal, plus they were held to 0-0 draw with Azerbaijan, at which time the Juventus frontman could have had a hat full.

Key Man: Luka Modric

One of the world’s outstanding midfield players, Modric has had a fine season at Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane’s appointment, dictating proceedings, especially in midfield for the Spanish giants, something he will most likely replicate during Euro 2016. Though goals are not something you associate with the 5ft9 Cruyff looking central player, it’s his creativity and ability to turn defense into attack, something the likes of Perisic and Rakitic will feed off of this summer.

Player to Watch: Ivan Perisic

Unlike the Baron Mandzukic, Perisic managed 6 goals in qualifying from his wide left position and could be the dark horse for Croatia this summer. Scoring 12 goals in 45 appearances for his country, he certainly has an eye for goal and will relish from the creativity from the likes of Modric and Rakitic.

Tips:

Ivan Perisic top Croatian Scorer (7/1)

Reach the Quarter Finals (6/4)

(provisional 27-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Strinic (Napoli), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg).

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Alen Halilovic (Sporting Gijon), Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb), Marko Rog (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb).

Strikers: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Leicester).

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The Czechs have an impressive track record at European Championships, finishing as runners-up in 1996 and losing to eventual winners Greece in the 2004 semi-finals. However with the Czechs are probably entering this Euro’s toughest group, their experience may count for nothing.

They managed to win their qualifying group in quite a comfortable fashion, even when considering they dropped points against bottom side Latvia. However, had Iceland won their remaining fixture, they would have been pipped for top spot. The real question for the Czech’s this summer, is who will be that extra bit of quality to see them through their tough group. Can the experienced Thomas Rosicky provide that quality touch, though only playing 19 minutes of football for Arsenal this season?

Key Man: Petr Cech

The most experienced member of the squad, Cech has performed exceptionally well since his move from South to North London last summer, showing age is just a number and will be key to helping his side progress this summer.

The Czechs don’t have an out and out scorer in the side with the three strikers taken in the provisional squad, fighting for one striking spot, have only mustered 22 goals between them in 83 games, neither of whom have scored in a major competition, so Cech’s presence between the sticks and hopeful clean sheets, will see the nation have a chance.

Player to Watch: Pavel Kaderabek

An attacking right-back with good physical presence, Kaderabek was outstanding when the Czech Republic hosted the UEFA Under-21 Championship a year ago, subsequently earning a move to Hoffenheim from Sparta Prague last summer.

With modern football adopting away from the use of wingers and turning to fullbacks to supply most teams width, something the Czechs were partial to using during the qualifiers. Pavel could see a lot of the ball this summer and is likely to be the dangerman, when supplying chances for the Czech frontment.

Tips:

No goalscorer (14/1)

(provisional 26-man squad)  

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Vaclik (Basle), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec)

Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik (Viktoria Pilsen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), David Limbersky (Viktoria Pilsen), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday), Marek Suchy (Basle), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor), Ondrej Zahustel (Sparta Prague)

Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Borek Dockal (Sparta Prague), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Pilsen), Jan Kovarik (Viktoria Pilsen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Prague), Lukas Marecek (Sparta Prague), David Pavelka (Kasimpasa), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jiri Skalek (Brighton), Josef Sural (Sparta Prague)

Forwards: David Lafata (Sparta Prague), Tomas Necid (Burkaspor), Patrik Schick (Bohemians 1905), Milan Skoda (Slavia Prague), Matej Vydra (Reading)

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It was the perfection all round for England in qualifying, winning 10 from 10, plus recently securing wins against France and Germany in friendlies. Only conceding three goals throughout, surpsingly all against Slovenia over the two games, they look like a side who have a chance this summer.

However with very few caps between the squad, in fact in the last friendly against Turkey, Wayne Rooney had more appearances for England than 9 of the players on the pitch, can they cope with the pressure? It’s renowned that captain Wayne Rooney rarely performs in major tournaments, more so recently when there’s been a weight of expectation on his shoulders, the question is how will the others fare, especially in the later stages? On paper, the attacking threat of the side looks strong, plus we have a lot of options we can call upon, but how will the side fare at the back? A defense that has changed quite frequently of late, can’t seem to find a central pairing that works. Can the likes of Smalling, Stones or Cahill deal with the likes of Ronaldo, Bale and Griezmann this summer?

Key Man: Harry Kane

In the last two years Kane has grown from strength to strength, scoring 64 in 110 appearances fro club and country, an outstanding record for a player many dubbed, “would never make it at the top level”. Kane is likley to be the front of the England attack this season, either with a partner, or with something off him. The one thing you will get with Kane, is that he follows a shoot on sight policy, yes maybe at times it can be a bit excessive, but it has seen him become the player he is today.

Though I wouldn’t say England have an easy group, I can certainly see the matches being blessed with goals, at which time I can see Kane notching and adding to his national tally.

Player to Watch: Dele Alli

Another Tottenham player to watch this summer, Dele Alli may have tarnished his impressive season with his suspension near the end of the BPL campaign, however thus far for England, his performances have been sensational. Playing against some of the top sides in the world and performing to the level of a player playing Champions League football the season before and not League 1.

He’s a player who plays with little fear and with a smile, he may well be our modern day Paul Gascoigne.

Tips:

Kane top England scorer (2/1)

To reach the Quarter Finals (8/13)

To win a penalty shoot-out (5/1)

Group goals scored over 4.5 (8/11)

(provisional 26-man squad)   

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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Currently the favourites and host nation for this summer’s Euros, many believe this crop of French players can relive the success of 2000. They may not be flying high in the world rankings, more so based on the lack of competitive football played in the last two years, but the French side has a depth of quality in their ranks, a balanced mix of experience and youth.

It will be an emotional build up for the whole country, with the Paris attacks still leaving scars and in the minds of players and fans alike, if you add in the pressure of hosting the tournament, a lot is riding on the shoulders for this French side to succeed. They certainly have the attacking flare to push any team, but can their defense step up, who’ve been leaking goals of late.

Key Man: Paul Pogba

Many say Pogba is currently the best midfielder in Europe and will be looking to build upon his award of best young player at the 2014 World Cup, with either player of the tournament or better still the trophy itself. Still a lot to learn for this box to box midfielder, he offers real balance to side, displaying a hard working defensive effort and a real eye for goal, especially when shooting from distance.

A lot of people will be looking at Pogba to provide the goods this summer and if he can replicate this recent club form, the French have a very good chance of going all the way on home soil this year.

Player to Watch: Dimitri Payet

Pretty much an unknown commodity around Europe until his move to Marseille in 2013 and subsequent move to West Ham last year, he is living proof that players do get better with age. Currently 29, Payet seems to be growing as a player in his peak years as a professional and has the flare and skill to upset any side in this year’s tournament.

We all know the man has an eye for goal at a set-piece, even at some angles that just don’t seem possible and it may be an idea to look out for a bet for him to score a free-kick this summer. In Payet they have a potential match winner and im sure he won’t disappoint.

Tips:

To win the Euros (3/1)

Group goals scored over 5.5 (6/5)

Group goals conceded under 3.5 (1/1)

Martial Golden boot winner, each way (25/1)

Martial top French scorer (4/1)

(23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille).

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Dimitri Payet (West Ham).

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

unnamed-25Germany have the chance to replicate the likes of France and Spain in recent years and win the European Championships after a World Cup win. They’ve came very close in recent times, losing out to Italy in the semi-finals four years ago and were runners-up back in 2008; now they hope their taste for success can extend to the continental stage and there are few who would confidently back against them.

Joachim Low’s team had a few ups and downs in qualifying, and it has not been a straightforward two years since that extra-time win over Argentina, dropping five points in the first three games of qualifying, but their pool of quality saw them through and remains the envy of a lot of Europe. The question is, will the stereotypical German efficiency be seen this Summer, especially without the likes of Philip Lahm and Per Mertesacker.

Key Man: Thomas Muller 

Just as he does for Bayern Munich, Muller pops up everywhere for the national team and it is amazing to think the forward is still just 26. He scored nine goals in qualifying and, whether he starts centrally or wide, is unlikely to be quiet in France and looking to build upon his 2010 World Cup golden boot and 10 goals in the last three major tournaments.

Muller, reminds me of the presence of Miroslav Klose had on the German sides, adding not important goals but a high quantity and with Germany only taking one recognised striker to France, Muller may find himself in fact leading the line or at the least the charge for his side this summer.

Player to Watch: Mesut Ozil

Like Muller, Arsenal’s assist king seems to have been around forever but he is entering his peak years now and his importance to Germany is as high as ever. Ozil has a good scoring record under Low and will be devastating if given room to express himself, especially when it comes to supplying chances for his fellow countryman, someone like Gomez may benefit hugely.

Tips:

Germany to win the Euros (7/2)

Muller to win the golden boot (8/1)

Muller top scorer for Germany (5/4)

Muller to win the golden boot and Germany to win the Euros:

Gomez top scorer for Germany (9/2)

Goals conceded over 4.5 (6/5)

(provisional 27-man squad)   

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Leverkusen).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Emre Can (Liverpool), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Rudiger (Roma).

Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Karim Bellarabi (Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke).

Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg).

unnamed-26Now Hungary may have been quite fortunate during the qualifiers, playing in probably the least challenging of the qualifying groups. Greece the number one seed in their qualifying group, produced a woeful campaign, only winning one game, coming in the final fixture against Hungary. However this was the only loss for the side since 2015 and the question many are asking is can they do more than just make up the numbers?

On paper they are probably the weakest team in the tournament and there is little to suggest that, despite their expertly-worked play-off win over Norway. But Hungary will feel confident by the group they have been handed and will look at their second match, against Iceland as a decisive one, when battling for that third place spot and hopefully qualification to the round of 16. Other than that, it’s likely they will use the tournament as a learning curve to take with them into the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Key Man: Balasz Dzsudzsak

Undoubtedly the man on whom Hungarian hopes rest, Dzsudzsak is an energetic, skilful wide player who captains the side and these days plays in Turkey for Bursaspor. His end product can vary but he has a fine record for his country, scoring 18, with only Zoltan Gera currently in the squad boasting more goals.

Player to Watch: Zoltan Gera

One of the oldest and most experienced of the Hungarian squad, he may not have the legs to provide the flare, which clubs like Fulham and West Brom were used to in the Premier League, he certainly has the experience for a major competition and a big occasion, referring to Fulham’s run to the Europa League final, back in 2010.

Tips:

No goalscorer (6/1)

To lose all group games (9/2)

(provisional 30-man squad) 

Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly (Haladas), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig), Balazs Megyeri (Getafe).

Defenders: Attila Fiola (Puskas Akademia), Gergo Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Barnabas Bese (MTK), Richard Guzmics (Wisla Krakow), Roland Juhasz (Videoton), Gergo Kocsis (Puskas Akademia), Adam Lang (Videoton), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zsolt Korcsmar (Vasas), Tamas Kadar (Lech Poznan), Mihaly Korhut (Debrecen).

Midfielders: Akos Elek (Diosgyori), Zoltan Gera (Ferencvaros), Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Mate Vida (Vasas), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Roland Sallai (Puskas Akademia).

Forwards: Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor), Zoltan Stieber (Nurnberg), Adam Gyurcso (Pogon), Adám Szalai (Hannover), Krisztian Nemeth (al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros), Laszlo Lencse (Újpest).

unnamed-27It’s unsurprising that Iceland, a country with only 323,000 inhabitants have never managed to qualify for a major tournament until this year with the new expanded format, but what is surprising is the fact they qualified for this year’s finals automatically. Iceland were terrific throughout qualifying, beating the Dutch both home and away and could have won the group if not for a final game loss to Turkey.

It’s a real Cinderella story, with the management team of Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson, their joint coaches, overseeing an intelligent, tactically astute side that narrowly failed to qualify for the last World Cup and spectacularly delivered on their rich promise this time around. Can the international minnows, replicate the likes of Leicester and show the world exactly what team spirit and canny management can do.

Key Man: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Swansea playmaker is Iceland’s one genuine star in a team of workers. He’s a player with superb technique and at times fearsome deadball ability, who’s said to be one of the squad’s hardest-working players and will be influential in central midfield. He was superb in qualifying, scoring six times and will definitely be the player the supporters will be looking at to led the way this June.

Player to Watch: Birkir Bjarnason

The Basel midfielder should start on the left for Iceland and is, in keeping with the entire squad, a tireless performer with a real creative edge. He had a fine season domestically, scoring 12 goals, and is close to 50 caps for the national team. With the spotlight most likely surrounding the nation’s talisman in Sigurdsson, he may go under the radar and supply that something special.

Tips:

Gylfi Sigurdsson top Iceland scorer (7/2)

To be eliminated in the round of 16 (11/8)

(23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Bodo/Glimt), Ogmundur Kristinsson (Hammarby), Ingvar Jonsson (Sandefjord).

Defenders: Ari Skulason (OB), Hordur Magnusson (Cesena), Hjortur Hermannsson (PSV Eindhoven), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar), Kari Arnason (Malmo), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Lokeren), Birkir Sævarsson (Hammarby), Haukur Heidar Hauksson (AIK).

Midfielders: Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff), Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (AGF), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Norrkoping), Birkir Bjarnason (Basel), Johann Gudmundsson (Charlton), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Molde), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (Sundsvall).

Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Nantes), Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Kaiserslautern).

unnamed-29Italy had a pretty simple qualification for the Euros this year, topping their group and though a lot of the wins were by single goal margins, it never looked in doubt. However their plans took a huge hit over the past month, with key midfielders Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti both missing out through injury. It was the last thing coach Antonio Conte wanted and the 2012 runners-up, who flopped at the World Cup, go into Euro 2016 on a sour note.

But this is Italy we are talking about and traditionally the Italians, even if they do not sparkle or perform to the levels of previous tournaments, they tend to find a way to get the job done. Getting to the latter stages this time would be quite an achievement for the Chelsea bound coach, considering the strength of the opposing teams they may come up against.

Key Man: Giorgio Chiellini

As stated before, Italy are without key players for this years Euros and will be looking at their more senior members, to get them through and provide a traditional Italian performance. Chiellini is the epitome of the stereotypical Italian defender, strong in the tackle and an intelligent reader of the game, his experience and quality will be pivotal to anything the Italians do this summer.

Player to Watch: Lorenzo Insigne

The Napoli based winger has had a fine season in Serie A and his flare could be the difference between Italy getting out of a well organised and tough defensive group. It’s all well and good being hard to beat, but you also need to score goals to win games and with a strike force that doesn’t scream off the page, Insigne pace and skill could be the difference, in at least supplying goals this June.

Tips:

Goals conceded over 4.5 (8/11)

(30-man training squad) 

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Davide Zappacosta (Torino)

Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorginho (Napoli), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Lazio)

Forwards: Eder (Inter), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma)

unnamed-30Ever since David Healy’s hat-trick against Spain in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Northern Ireland have been improving as a nation.  They have been pushing for a place at a major tournament and yes, they may have featured in one of the simplest of qualification groups this year, it’s still a massive achievement from a side who finished bottom of their group without scoring a goal in 2004 qualifying.

Could Northern Ireland be the Euro 2016’s Leicester City? They have a number of players who, just like some of Claudio Ranieri side are hard grafters and have not always been fully appreciated during their careers. They have been dealt one of the toughest of groups this summer and progression will be massive achievement, but will these motivated and close-knit set of players, be positioned ideally for the intensity of tournament football and shock everyone?

Key Man: Kyle Lafferty

He may have only played 7 games all of last season, but the Northern Irish striker managed 7 goals during qualifying, more than any other player in the group. Never being a natural goal scoring striker, the current Norwich man has been prolific for Northern Ireland in recent years and will certainly be leading the line this summer for Michael O’Niels side.

They’ve been handed a tough group this summer and whatever chances they create, cannot be squandered and if Lafferty can produce the same form that saw him score 7 goals in qualifying, Northern Ireland may just provide a few shocks.

Player to Watch: Steven Davis

The current Northern Ireland captain and probably the player with the highest pedigree in the squad, Steven Davis will be pivotal to the side. The current Southampton midfielder, will likely dictate the play for this year’s underdogs and will look to lead by example and keep the side organised during a tough group stage.

Tips:

Lafferty top Northern Ireland scorer (9/2)

Goals conceded under 6.5 (8/11)

(Provisional 28-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Notts County), Michael McGovern (Hamilton), Alan McManus (St Johnstone)

Defenders: Craig Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (West Brom), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Luke McCullough (Doncaster), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood), Aaron Hughes (Melbourne City), Daniel Lafferty (Burnley), Michael Smith (Peterborough), Lee Hodson (MK Dons), Chris Baird (Derby County), Paddy McNair (Manchester United.

Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Oliver Norwood (Reading), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), Ben Reeves (MK Dons)

Forwards: Will Grigg (Wigan), Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham), Conor Washington (QPR), Billy McKay (Dundee United), Liam Boyce (Ross County), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock)

unnamed-31Poland qualified from a tricky qualification group, beating the current World Cup winners on home soil as well as scoring more goals than any other team. Poland have not reached the knockout stages of a major tournament since 1986; doing so this time would be an achievement in itself but there will be pressure to do something bigger and a run of impressive friendly results has added to the optimism. They may not boost a side full of world class players like their neighbours Germany, but do have some stand out performers and are a well organised side, who could scare a few this campaign.

Key Man: Robert Lewandowski

The top scorer in the whole of qualifying, with 13 goals, the Munich man is dubbed one of the best strikers in Europe, which could see him make good on this claim with an impressive tournament. Poland scored 33 goals in qualifying more than any other side, mainly due to the partnership of Lewandowski and his partner Milik. Poland are a side who like to attack and a firm believer on out scoring their opposition, something Lewandowski will certainly benefit from in the goals department this summer.

Player to Watch: Arkadiusz Milik

I mentioned this striker before and for good reason, a lot of spectators and opponents will be concentrating on the Munich man this summer and the young Ajax striker is likely to go unnoticed. Similar in style to his strike partner, Milik may be key to Poland’s group qualification this summer and may even surprise many by winning the coveted golden boot.

Tips:

Lewandowski to win the golden boot each way (14/1)

Lewandowski top Poland scorer (4/6)

Milik top Poland scorer (5/1)

Milik Golden boot winner each way (100/1)

(provisional 28-man squad)   

Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma), Przemyslaw Tyton (Stuttgart).

Defenders: Thiago Cionek (Palermo), Paweł Dawidowicz (Benfica), Kamil Glik (Torino), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Michał Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Bartosz Salamon (Cagliari), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Lechia Gdansk).

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Fiorentina), Kamil Grosicki (Rennes), Tomasz Jodlowiec (Legia Warsaw), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznan), Krzysztof Mączynski (Wisła Krakow), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Filip Starzynski (Zaglebie Lubin), Paweł Wszołek (Verona), Piotr Zielinski (Empoli).

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax), Artur Sobiech (Hannover), Mariusz Stepinski (Ruch Chorzow).

unnamed-32Portugal are something of an enigma. Instinctively, we put them amongst the favorites for near on every major tournament, with two semi-finals and a runner-up spot in the last four European Championships, it certainly enhances their claim here. But there is also this sense that they never quite deliver and after a poor performance at the last World Cup and some seemingly questionable performances in qualifying in recent times, it makes you think, how large is their modern-day reliance on Cristiano Ronaldo.

They certainly have a string of young talent flooding through the ranks, a squad that similar to England has a lot of future potential, but with an aging defense and a Ronaldo who won’t likely play at 100%, how far can they go.

Key Man: Cristiano Ronaldo

Arguably the best player in the world at present, Ronaldo, whether he plays down the flank or as the main man up top, whoever the opponent, they will be fearful of the recent Champions League winner. There’s not much to say about the Madrid man that I can’t tell you, other than this may be Ronaldo’s last chance to win a major tournament, especially at his very best. At the age of 31, it’s likely he will decline in future seasons and though he may still be at his best for the next World Cup, when Euro 2020 comes a calling, could a 35 Ronaldo still cut it? Personally, we think he will be putting everything into this competition and try and finally end the debate of who is better, Messi or Ronaldo.

Player to Watch: Nani

It’s been an up and down few years for the ex United man, but the winger seems to be back to his best, or at least to a level that brings excitement when he touches the ball. Though Ronaldo will obviously command near on all the spotlight for anyone watching Portugal this summer, Nani at his best is likely to provide some similar spotlight commanding performances and may need to for his nation’s sake, especially with Ronaldo being far from 100%.

Tips:

Ronaldo to win the golden boot (8/1)

Eliminated by shoot-out (11/2)

Ronaldo golden boot, Spain Winners (66/1)

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Jose Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient).

Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon), Danilo Pereira (Porto), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Renato Sanches (Benfica), Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon), Andre Gomes (Valencia), Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon).

Forwards: Rafa Silva (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Nani (Fenerbahce), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Lille).

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Similar to the predecessor Trapattoni, Martin O’Neill’s Ireland have qualified for this year’s finals in a well organised fashion and are a side who many find hard to beat. Not one to set the world on fire, with their attacking presence, there will be no harder-working side, during this tournament but who have that little sprinkling of genuine talent and certainly do not lack experience. Qualification for the last 16 will be difficult in a tight Group E but they have the capacity to pull off the one big result that could see them through, via third place.

Everyone will want to forget about their last appearance in a major final, back in 2012, where they went home with no points, one goal scored and nine conceded that year.

Key Man: Shane Long

The epitome of hard work; Shane Long will be leading the line for the Irish this year. He may not be a world class finisher, but is a player who will give no side a moments peace and will be looking to prey on any mistake he may well cause. He only scored three goals during qualifying, but as stated before his game is not about goals and his hard work will be hopefully finished off some of the more technically gifted players such as Hoolahan or another hard worker in Walters.

Player to Watch: Wes Hoolahan

As mentioned before, Hoolahan is one of Ireland’s more technically gifted players and is one many will be looking at to add that something special to a side we all know will be working extremely hard. It’s all well and good working hard and making yourselves difficult to beat, but every side needs a match winner or that bit of quality to keep the opponents guessing and the now Championship midfielder is that man for Ireland.

Tips:

Shane Long Top ROI scorer (4/1)

Group goals scorer under 2.5 (10/11)

(provisional 35-man squad)    

Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Stoke), Darren Randolph (West Ham), David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby), Paul McShane (Reading), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Richard Keogh (Derby), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Bristol City), Shane Duffy (Blackburn), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Stephen Ward (Burnley).

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Sheffield Wednesday), James McClean (West Brom), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), David Meyler (Hull), Stephen Quinn (Reading), Darron Gibson (Everton), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), Robbie Brady (Norwich), Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen), Callum O’Dowda (Oxford).

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), David McGoldrick (Ipswich), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich).

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With the stingiest defence in qualification, Romania conceded only two goals in their 10 matches and it is clear where Romania’s strengths lie. Current coach Anghel Iordanescu will again attempt to make the most of a core of underrated, hard-working and hungry players in a disciplined 4-2-3-1 system as they look to frustrate their final group fixture against Albania and this may prove vital if they are to qualify. Though they boosted the sterness defense, they lack a proven goalscorer, with neither squad member scoring more than two goals during qualification.

Key Man: Alexandru Maxim

In Maxim, Romania have a player with that something special and though he may not start this summer, it will be his performances of the bench that could see him snatch some vital points, plus play a vital role in the final fixture against Albania, a game they’ll most likely need to win. Currently playing his trade in Germany, the Stuttgart attacking midfielder is one to watch for Romania this summer.

Player to Watch: Florin Andone

Probably one of the least experienced members of the squad, the Spanish based striker has scored 26 goals in two season for Cordoba and has drawn attention from European clubs, more recently the likes of Villa and Southampton last January. He is a hungry player looking to make not only a name for himself but make things happen for his country and this hunger, plus youthful exuberance may seem to help his side rekindle the Romania of old and reach the later stages of this year’s competition.

Tips: 

No Romanian scorer (12/1)

Florin Andone the top Romanian scorer (14/1)

(provisional 28-man squad)   

Goalkeepers: Ciprian Tatarusanu (Fiorentina), Costel Pantilimon (Watford), Silviu Lung (Astra Giurgiu).

Defenders: Cristian Sapunaru (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Alexandru Matel (Dinamo Zagreb), Vlad Chiriches (Napoli), Valerica Gaman (Astra Giurgiu), Cosmin Moti (Ludogorets), Dragos Grigore (Al-Sailiya), Razvan Rat (Rayo Vallecano), Steliano Filip (Dinamo Bucharest), Alin Tosca (Steaua Bucharest).

Midfielders: Mihai Pintilii (Steaua Bucharest), Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Adrian Ropotan (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Andrei Prepelita (Ludogorets), Adrian Popa (Steaua Bucharest), Gabriel Torje (Osmanlispor), Alexandru Chipciu (Steaua Bucharest), Alexandru Maxim (Stuttgart), Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest), Lucian Sanmartean (al-Ittihad).

Forwards: Claudiu Keseru (Ludogorets), Bogdan Stancu (Genclerbirligi), Florin Andone (Cordoba), Denis Alibec (Astra Giurgiu), Ioan Hora (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Andrei Ivan (CSU Craiova).

unnamed-34Russia enter this season Euro’s in a somewhat limbo situation. Still in recovery from the disastrous Capello reign, who was not a popular chap, it seems the new manager, Leonid Slutsky, is starting from scratch, which has seen him form a squad from entirely domestic-based players, well except from Roman Neustadter, who plays in Germany. Now it’s not often many squads are formed from their own domestic leagues, especially outside the top leagues in Europe, but though they will unlikely replicate their 2008 campaign, in which they finished third, they will certainly build on experience for their home World Cup in 2018. However if they do manage to provide a shock this summer, other than being no short of remarkable, it will be helped by each player knowing one another’s strengths, plus the ins and outs of ones respective footballing styles

Key Man: Artyom Dzyuba

A once promising and now unsettled talent, the 27-year-old Dzyuba has had a fine season with Zenit St Petersburg and top-scored for Russia with eight goals in qualifying. Prior to September 2014 he had not found the net for the national side, who now looks a fearsome front man, one the Russian contingent will be looking upon to provide the goods, hopefully replicated the likes of Pavlyuchenko back in 2008.

Player to Watch: Oleg Shatov

The Zenit winger who started out as a futsal player, who brought those skills into the full-sided game, has developed rapidly over the last few years and now, at 25, is one of the national team’s leading lights, who is building suitors around Europe. He is an exciting talent, one that reminds me of fellow countryman Andrei Arshavin, before his move to the Premier League and if he can replicate his outstanding form from Euro 2008, then Russia may actually stand a chance.

Tips:

Oleg Shatov Top Russian Scorer (11/1)

Artem Top Russian Scorer (10/3)

(23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg).

Defenders: Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustadter (Schalke), Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).

Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Oleg Ivanov (Terek Grozny), Pavel Mamaev (Krasnodar), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (CSKA Moscow), Dmitri Torbinski (Krasnodar).

Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Zenit St Petersburg), Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar).

unnamed-35Slovakia started their qualification in the most perfect fashion, beating both qualification rivals Ukraine and Spain in the first two games and continued to do the same until losing their seventh game to the group winners Spain, by which time qualification was all but assured. Slovakia could be one of the more intriguing long shots for a run to the later stages of Euro 2016. This may be their first European Championship, but many will remember their progression to the last 16 at the 2010 World Cup and Jan Kozak’s team looks even better than its predecessor.

They have lost just twice in the last two years, over 17 games, and look a superbly-drilled unit that packs a genuine punch on the counter. The real question is, can they combat against the likes of England, Gareth Bale and the well-oiled machine, Russia? Their opening game against Wales could be vital to their success this campaign, but will struggle to use their main counter attacking asset against a Welsh side likely to defend, who pride themselves on their organisation.

Key Man: Marek Hamsik

The Napoli playmaker is the heartbeat of this Slovakian side and offers that real added quality that can change games. The nation’s top scorer during qualifying, the vice captain will be the spearhead of everything the Slovakians do this summer, one that especially England cannot afford to give time to. Slovakia enter a group with three of the best defenses during qualification and Hamsik’s ability to score a goal from nothing will certainly be called upon this year.

Player to Watch: Juraj Kucka

The AC Milan anchor is a tough-tackling, clever, quietly effective performer who will do plenty of the hard graft in central midfield to help Slovakia wrest control of games and allow those further ahead to shine. With the side’s emphasis on counter attacking, they will be looking at the AC man to quickly retrieve the ball and turn defense into a goal scoring attack.

Tips:

Adam Nemec Top Slovakian Scorer (5/1)

(provisional 27-man squad)  

Goalkeepers: Matus Kozacik (Viktoria Pilsen), Jan Mucha (Slovan Bratislava), Jan Novota (Rapid Vienna)

Defenders: Peter Pekarik (Hertha Berlin), Milan Skriniar (Sampdoria), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Norbert Gyoember (Roma), Jan Durica (Lokomotiv Moscow), Kornel Salanta (Slovan Bratislava), Tomas Hubocan (Dynamo Moscow), Dusan Svento (Cologne), Lukas Tesak (Almaty)

Midfielders: Viktor Pecovsky (MSK Zilina), Matus Bero (AS Trencin), Robert Mak (PAOK), Erik Sabo (PAOK), Juraj Kucka (AC Milan), Patrik Hrosovsky (Viktoria Pilsen), Jan Gregus (Jablonec), Stanislav Sestak (Ferencvaros), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Ondrej Duda (Legia Warsaw), Miroslav Stoch (Bursaspor), Vladimir Weiss (Al Gharafa).

Forwards: Michal Duris (Viktoria Pilsen), Adam Nemec (Willem II), Adam Zrelak (Slovatia Bratislava).

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Spain managed to overcome a second fixture loss, during qualification to Slovakia and top the group with 9 wins from 10 and have shown glimpses of  the side who won three tournaments on the bounce before an abysmal World Cup, two years back. Conceding the second least amount of goals via qualifying, it amazes us that people still doubt the nations quality and though they lack an experience striker at international level,  with their two natural Centre Forwards, Morata and Aduriz playing only 14 games between them, we believe either or could be the missing link, this summer.

Remember they are still a side of immense quality, one that boosts seven recent Champions League finalists as well as a host other experienced professionals, with a list of honors a mile long and this could be pivotal to success again this year.

Key Man: Sergio Busquets

Probably the best at his craft, Sergio Busquets may go his entire career without getting the recognition he deserves. The Barcelona’s midfield lynchpin, still just 27, plays a crucial role for both club and country, a player who mixes steel with silk to set the platform for more creative players, a similar role Dier is likely to play for England in this summer’s Euros. His performances may not take the plaudits again this year, but we fear to think how they would fare without him.

Player to Watch: Aritz Aduriz/Alvaro Morata

As stated before both players here could be the dark horse of this years tournament for Spain, who have lacked a natural striker since the days of Raul, especially with Del Bosque falling out with Costa. Though Morata has not exactly blown the world away with his goals, his performances have certainly caught the eye of many across Europe. As for Aduriz, he scored 20 goals in La Liga this season, an impressive feet for a 34 year old, who has scored 90 goals in four seasons for Bilbao. Its amazing he hasn’t been called up sooner, whose aerial presence and finishing ability inside the penalty area could see him notch for fun this summer, even more so in a side like Spain who create chance after chance.

Tips:

Spain to win the Euros (11/2)

Artiz Aduriz to score most goals for Spain (7/2)

Artiz Aduriz golden boot each way (25/1)

Aritz Aduriz golden boot & Spain to win the Euros (50/1)

Alvaro Morata to score most goals for Spain (5/2)

Alvaro Morata golden boot each way (18/1)

Alvaro Morata golden boot & Spain to win the Euros (40/1)

Goals scored over 8.5 (5/6)

(provisional 25-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Pedro (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid).

Strikers: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)

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Sweden were made to work, to qualify for this summers European Championships, just edging a close fort encounter between the Danish, via the playoffs 4-3. They’ve been drawn into an almost uncallable group and will be encouraged by the injuries that have afflicted their group rivals Italy and Belgium. If they can get off to a good start against Ireland in their opening fixture, Sweden might just have the capacity to cause a surprise and gives Ibrahimovic a chance to shine.

Key Man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden’s talisman and undisputed superstar has generally had to do it all in recent years. Scoring 11 of his nations 15 goals in qualifying, its obvious that without the 34-year old striker, most of the Swedish squad would be on their holidays right now and it will take a very brave or stupid punter to back them to taste any genuine success  Despite an ego and superstar status Ibrahimovic, the nations captain, has been a fine servant for his country, winning over 110 caps, scoring 62 and enters the tournament after an outstanding season with PSG, in which he broke the French scoring record. We doubt he will add Golden boot winner to his collection of honors throughout the years, but if Sweden can progress through the groups, likely via third place, he has a chance.

Player to Watch: Zlatan doesn’t like anyone watching anyone else

As it says above Zlatan doesn’t like anyone watching anyone else and simply doesn’t let us watch anyone else.

Tips:

Ibrahimovic top scorer for Sweden (1 /2)

Ibrahimovic to win the Golden Boot (25/1)

(23-man Squad)

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Patrik Carlgren (AIK).

Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Copenhagen), Erik Johansson (Copenhagen), Pontus Jansson (Torino), Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Martin Olsson (Norwich).

Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Oscar Lewicki (Malmo), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kim Kallstrom (Grasshoppers).

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris), Emir Kujovic (Norrkoping).

unnamed-38Switzerland arrive at their fourth European Championship finals with a side that, on paper, looks capable of reaching the last eight. It’s a talented generation of players, with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri likely to be around for a good few tournaments yet, and a wealth of impressive youngsters coming through who already boost a host of potential suitors. The main problem for Switzerland is they struggle to win the big matches, they may be hard to beat, but lack that extra something to finish a top side off, something the new manager Vladimir Petkovic will be looking to change.

Key Man: Granit Xhaka

The Arsenal bound midfielder looks to be a perfect fit for the Premier League. He is a dominant, energetic midfielder who will look to dictate the play for the Swiss during this tournament and should provide a perfect link between defense and attack plus cover for those more creative and attacking players. There’s a lot of promise around this player and the Swiss will be preying he produces the goods in a few weeks time.

Player to Watch: Xherdan Shaqiri

Many were surprised when the winger made the move to England for Stoke last year, but his performances throughout would suggest otherwise. It looks likely that the Stoke winger, may not quite reach the dizzying heights that were once promised but he is still an outstanding performer and gives Switzerland the tools to unlock any defence. He has an impressive scoring record for the Swiss and was the top scorer during qualifying, so may well provide a few matches winners this summer.

Tips:

To be eliminated in the round of 16 (6/4)

(provisional 28-man squad)  

Goalkeepers: Roman Burki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Yvon Mvogo (Young Boys), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach).

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basle), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schar (Hoffenheim), Philippe Senderos (Grasshoppers), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Silvan Widmer (Udinese).

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Watford), Blerim Dzemaili (Genoa), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Fabian Frei (Mainz), Renato Steffen (Basle), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach), Denis Zakaria (Young Boys), Luca Zuffi (Basle).

Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Kasımpasa), Breel Embolo (Basle), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers).

unnamed-39Turkey left it late to reach Euro 2016, but then they are used to coming back when all hope seems to have gone. Back in their last European Championship appearance in 2008, they scored a 122nd minute equaliser against Croatia en route to an eventual semi-final loss anf fourth place finish. They are a side who don’t know when to give up, who won their final three games in qualifying against the Dutch, Iceland and Czech Republic, which has seen them go on a 13 unbeaten run, which recently ended at the hands of England.

They are a side with a mouthwatering array of technical quality at their disposal, but successive draws with Latvia during qualification and a defense who lack concentration, can they do the business when called upon this summer in a group which consists of the likes of Spain and Croatia. Personally we think it will be tough, but with a crucial last fixture against the Czech Republic, they may well secure third place and defy the odds again.

Key Man: Arda Turan

The obvious stand out performer on the team sheet for Turkey, the Barcelona midfielder has the quality to play in any side around Europe and will be one who can lead Turkey this June. The Turkey captain is a tireless worker, who can also be called upon to get his side out of trouble similar to his winner against Kazakhstan in qualifying.

Player to Watch: Burak Yilmaz

Yilmaz may now play his trade in China, but the current top scorer in the squad, will likely led the line this campaign and be the nation’s best hope for goals, with only Turan in the side reaching double figures. He’s managed over 100 goals in his last five seasons and may be a dark horse for the golden boot this year depending on how far Turkey can progress.

Tips:

Yilmaz to be Turkey’s top scorer (11/4)

(provisional 31-man squad)     

Goalkeepers: Ali Sasal Vural (Eskisehirspor), Harun Tekin (Bursaspor), Onur Kivrak (Trabzonspor), Volkan Babacan (Istanbul Basaksehir).

Defenders: Gokhan Gonul (Fenerbahce), Sener Ozbayrakli (Fenerbahçe), Ahmet Calik (Genclerbirligi), Çaglar Soyuncu (Altinordu), Hakan Balta (Galatasaray), Mehmet Topal (Fenerbahce), Semih Kaya (Galatasaray), Serdar Aziz (Bursaspor), Caner Erkin (Fenerbahce), İsmail Koybasi (Besiktas).

Midfielders: Emre Mor (Nordsjaelland), Gokhan Tore (Besiktas), Volkan Sen (Fenerbahce), Yasin Oztekin (Galatasaray), Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen), Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Basaksehir), Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund), Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce), Selcuk Inan (Galatasaray), Alper Potuk (Fenerbahce), Arda Turan (Barcelona), Olcay Sahan (Besiktas).

Forwards: Burak Yilmaz (Beijing Guoan), Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), Mevlut Erdinc (Guingamp), Yunus Malli (Mainz).

unnamed-40Like Russia, Ukraine have formed a squad, full of domestic players, but are lacking a stand out performer we are so used to seeing from the ex Soviet nation. The likes of Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko have promise, but are far from the standards and consistency of past stars, such as Shevchenko. Even current captain Anatoliy Tymoschuk, aged 37, is far from the player he once was. They managed to qualify in relatively simple fashion, though securing their place via the playoffs, it rarely looked uncertain, they make this summers competition, the real question is what can they do, now their here.

Key Man: Andriy Yarmolenko

The powerful Dynamo Kiev forward will surely be the next big Ukrainian export abroad, with many in the Premier League, looking to take a chance. Similar to many modern day forwards he has the ability to play in a variety of positions, mostly used as a central or left sided attacker, who is an outstanding athlete and been a prolific scorer in the last three seasons. He reminds me of Stokes own, Arnautovic, another forward player who plays on the wide left and is similar in stature and playing styles.

With the Ukraine unlikely to provide much of a shock this summer, especially with the unrest currently in the side, look out for the performances from Yarmolenko, who will certainly want to put himself in the shop window this summer.

Player to Watch: Yevhen Konoplyanka 

The current Sevilla winger and recent Europa League winner has not always had things his own way since turning down the Premier League for Spain but, like Yarmolenko, he is that something special to turn a game in his sides favor. A winger with an abundance of skill and pace, he will look to punish any defense who are stupid enough to let him this summer.

(provisional 26-man squad) 

Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Denys Boyko (Besiktas), Mykyta Shevchenko (Zorya)

Defenders: Artem Fedetskiy (Dnipro), Mykyta Kamenyuka (Zorya), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakytskyi (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev)

Midfielders: Anatoliy Tymoschuk (Kairat Almaty), Oleksandr Karavaev (Zorya), Ivan Petryak (Zorya), Oleg Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kiev), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maksym Malyshev (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Shakhov (Dnipro), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla).

Forwards: Artem Kravets (Stuttgart), Pylyp Budkovskyi (Zorya), Roman Zozulya (Dnipro).

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It has taken 58 years, but Wales are back at a major tournament and the optimism surrounding Chris Coleman’s side is high. The current team has been developing together for some time and everything came to fruition during a hugely impressive qualifying campaign, in which only three sides conceded less goals than them throughout. They took four points against the recent world number one nation Belgium and this achievement came from the perseverance work from everyone involved in the current Welsh set up.

With Gareth Bale spearheading the side, they have a genuine world class talent and with top-level experience throughout the rest of the squad, it should see them push their expectations further and look for a place in the knockout stages.

Key Man: Gareth Bale

To put it bluntly, Bale is the heart of this Welsh side, a two time Champions League winner, most recently receiving the MOTM award in this season UCL final against Atletico. Bale is basically Wales and without him, I doubt they will go far this summer. He scored 7 of the nations 11 qualifying goals and with Coleman turning Wales into a side similar to Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland a few years back, they are very hard to beat, that rarely leak goals or score goals, Bale will 100% be key.

Player to Watch: Bale’s Shadow

Like I said in the above statement, Wales are a one man, one hope team, so just watch Bale’s shadow.

Tips:

For any player to score a headed goal (6/4)

Bale top Wales scorer (10/11)

Eliminated in the Quarter Finals (5/1)

Group goals over 2.5 (4/7)

Goals conceded under 5.5 (4/6)

(provisional 30-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Liverpool), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness).

Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Chris Gunter (Reading), Ashley Williams (Swansea), James Chester (West Brom), Ashley Richards (Fulham), Paul Dummett (Newcastle), Adam Henley (Blackburn), Adam Matthews (Sunderland), James Collins (West Ham).

Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Birmingham), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), George Williams (Fulham), Andy King (Leicester), Emyr Huws (Wigan), Dave Edwards (Wolves).

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Tom Bradshaw (Walsall), Tom Lawrence (Leicester), Simon Church (Nottingham Forest), Wes Burns (Walsall).

The Groups 

This section will look at the six individual groups themselves and help offer a guide on what tips are available for each. It will also give you an idea of what potential upsets may occur and hopefully give you a better understanding on who should qualify into the last 16.

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On paper, probably one of the easiest to call groups in this year’s finals, which sees host France, compete with, Romania, Albania and Switzerland. At first glance, there’s only one real winner of this group and that’s the hosts France, who though low in the FIFA rankings, boast a fare superior squad, plus experience. Romania have only qualified for one of the last 7 major tournaments, with Albania competing in their first ever. As for the Swiss, they are an organised side, who on their day do have players who can threaten any side, but personally I believe it will be a three way fight, for potentially the two last qualifying spots. However, with the French, not being involved in any real competitive football, during the qualifying period, it may not be as comfortable as first presumed.

Tips for this group:

Group Winner (4/11): France

Though we may have thrown in a slight game changers at the end there, we still 100% believe France will walk this group and clearly, so do the bookies. Though they may be a team of far less superstars than in previous years, they still boost a squad of players competing at the highest level and winning major honours.

Straight Forecast (7/4): France winners, Switzerland Runners Up

As already stated, we believe France have won this group hands down, but if you’re looking for added value, then try this bet. When both sides meet in the final group games, they are likely to have both qualified and may be considering resting players, which in this case, there is only one winner. However, with both potentially fighting for top spot, we could see a cagey low scoring match, with goal difference maybe be decisive in the overall standing, at which time France will claim top spot.

Third place finish (9/4): Albania

The reasoning behind this is simply, they will want it more than Romania. There’s likely to be a massive following of English in this year’s finals and I can imagine the Albanians matching this. When it comes to the final group game, against Romania, I can see both sides fighting it out, potentially for a third qualifying spot. Neither side have an obvious goal threat in their ranks, but with the fans behind them and the general passion each player will show, I do believe they will steal third spot.

Exact Finish (11 /2): France, Switzerland, Albania, Romania

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The group we all want to talk about and one that is actually quite a tough one to call. England should qualify, especially with third spot also offering the chance. The real question is, just how dominant can this inexperienced England side be during this group? For Wales, they haven’t just shown up to take part, they will want to win and with the world class Gareth Bale spearheading a well organised team, they have a great chance to provide some upsets and certainly progress past the groups. Like Wales, Slovakia won’t be here just to take part, they will want to build upon a strong qualification campaign and take advantage of a potential three progressing from Group B. Again similar to Wales, they have some stand out stars, who spearhead a hard working team and may provide a shock or two this June. Lastly we have Russia, with many close to home, not tipping them for a great tournament and doubt they replicate the third place achievement from 2008. They’re in a time of transition since the Capello era ended last year and will look at this tournament as a learning curve for when they host the World Cup in 2018.

Tips for this group:

Group Winner (5/6): England

England have looked strong in qualifying and even stronger in the build up to this summers Euros. A nation that has massively underachieved since 96, enter near on every tournament with such hope, which ends in anger. However, this year seems slightly different, there is hope, but a different type of hope altogether. Watching England became more of a chore but the current crop has bought that level of excitement back to the nation, one that has the chance to do something special. A side who have a good mix of youth and experience, with a squad full of players who have over performed domestically this season. Other than Wales (Bale), I don’t see much competition in this group and if England can break down the Welsh stubbornness early on, top spot should be a simple task.

To Qualify from the Group (4/6): Wales

Wales performed above and beyond expectations in qualification, taking four points from the recent world number one nation, Belgium. They enter a tricky group, with England the obvious favorites, but Russia and Slovakia have also performed well in qualification, with Slovakia’s achievement similar to the Welsh. Why we believe they will qualify, is simply one man and that man is Gareth Bale. Out of the whole group he is hands down the best player and that game changing player backed up by a team who are organsied and work their socks off, which should see them progress this year.

Straight Forecast (9/2): England group winner, Wales runner up

As already stated, we believe England will comfortably win Group B and also believe the Welsh cannot only qualify but can do so in second place. Russia have a squad full of domestic talent and don’t boast a real game changing player. Wales have faced sterner tests in the last few years and managed to overcome them, so if they can replicate these performances, we can see a good tournament from the Welsh.

Third Spot (2/1): Slovakia

Like Wales, Slovakia have performed very well in recent years and a recent win over Germany, shows exactly what the nation can do. Their first game against Wales will on paper look the most crucial tie, but personally we think the second game against Russia will be more important. Dropped points in the first and the second becomes a must win game for either side and we believe underdog nation will come up on top.

Exact Finish (12/1): England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia

unnamed-17With the current World Cup champions the obvious favorites and likely winners of Group C, it leaves us to ask the question, who will join them in progressing this summer? The three candidates Poland, Ukraine and Northern Ireland, could all stake a valid claim, who all offer something unique, which could see them reach that stage. Poland have a team full of goals and a strikeforce who would scare many defence this summer. Northern Ireland are a sie who pride themselves on their organisation and will be tough to break down, even for the favorites Germany. Lastly we have Ukraine, who even with the many doubters have a side who can punish on their day, with the second fixture against Northern Ireland being pivotal.

Tips for this group:

To win the group (2/5): Germany

This is a pretty obvious tip and one that I doubt many will look past. The current World Champions, do face a tricky group with sides, who wont just walk over a die. They’ve faced defeat from Poland before and Northern Ireland won’t go down without a fight. However this is Germany, a nation full of quality and should easily finish in top spot.

To qualify from group (2/1): Northern Ireland

This tip is a little more out there, but again with third spot giving the opportunity for four teams from the six groups to progress, if Northern Ireland can get a shock result, which they are certainly capable of, then this 2/1 bet looks very promising.

Straight forecast (15/8): Germany winner, Poland runners up

As mentioned above, Poland scored the most goals in qualifying and with a strikeforce of Milic and Lewandowski, they have a great chance to do well this summer. We still think Germany will take the group, but they should be closely followed by the free scoring Polish.

unnamed-18Like group C, it’s a group that will likely be dominated by a recent World Cup winner and current European Champions, Spain. A side who were laughable at the last World Cup, will be looking to prove a point this time around and show the world how good they are. As for the rest, it looks like a three way fight for second spot. Croatia are on paper the obvious runners up and maybe group winners, with a side full of quality, from the likes of Modric and Rakatic in the midfield. As for Turkey, they enter the competition on the back of a tremendous 13 game unbeaten run, that was ended by England recently. They have a side that could well shock a lot this summer and have previous experience of doing the same, most recently in 2008, when they finished fourth. Lastly we have the Czech’s, who are normally strong competitors at major events, but lack that extra bit of quality that might see them progress in front of the other sides.

Tips for this group:

To lose all their group games (11/2): Czech Republic

This tip will be simple one, the Czech’s tournament could go either way this summer, but with such a lack of goal threat, we believe is will go in the way of struggling which could see them not gain a single point, in such a tough group.

Winner of the group (4/6): Spain

After the last World Cup, Spain will want to come back stronger and with their current squad, they certainly can. Again it’s a tough group with Croatia and Turkey offering two in form sides, but the current holders and two time winners, will be looking to get back to winning ways.

To qualify from the group (4/6): Turkey

Until a loss in England in a recent friendly, Turkey were on a terrific unbeaten run, a run which saw them come from the brink of nowhere to qualify for this summers Euros. They are a squad of talented players, players who can shock anyone on their day and they could be pushing for a lot higher than third place to qualify from this group.

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This is probably the hardest group to call in this years Euros and one that could literally go either way. Belgium are the favorites here, but could easily and most likely be happy with qualifying via any other position. They certainly have the quality to upset and scare their opponents, but do they have the experience like their group rivals, Italy. The Italians may not have a host of quality, but they have the mindset to see them progress and maybe provide a shock or two. The real fight is likely to come from Sweden and Ireland, who if you believe the bookies and the pundits, they will be fighting for third spot. The two sides met in the opening fixture and could be massive for either side. Sweden have the talisman and Ireland have the team spirit, who will prevail.

Tips for this group:

Third place finish (9/2)Republic of Ireland

As stated above, it looks to be a battle throughout, with the opening game against Ireland and Sweden key, which could see Ireland take an early advantage for progression. However with every game being as hard as the next, it may not make a difference. It terms of value, there is not much in this group, with this the only stand out bet.

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Now, this may seem like an easy group on paper, and yes it would be, that is if either side within in it, could arguably be seen as a favorite. The bookies dub the Portuguese as the favorites, which if not for Ronaldo, I doubt they’d be shown the same respect. Neither side stands out based on recent performances and this may be a group to consider betting outsider. Austria have been improving dramatically in recent times, as have Iceland and Hungary, so again it’s hard to pick a definitive winner here, with everything just leading back to Portugal and Ronaldo.

Tips for this group:

Winner of the group (2/1): Austria

Portugal may have Ronaldo, but also have an aging defense and a inexperienced squad of young players. Austria are a side on the up with a host of talented players, who follow a hard working ethos. Austria have the easiest of starts against massive underdogs Hungary and a win could see them, play very negatively against Portugal, to secure progression. If this is the case, then I can only see one winner here.

To qualify from the group (4/6): Iceland

Its Iceland’s first major competition and one that with the third place progression for four of the six third place sides, a great chance to see them not only enter their first competition but play in their first knockout stage. As stated already, its no easy group, but Iceland are a side who can hurt a lot of sides on their day and are not shy of a goal or two. They should clinch third spot, if not higher, as long as the occasion doesn’t get the better of the players.

To lose all group games (9/2): Hungary

This probably won’t be a tournament to remember for the Hungarians. Now normally, for a side like Hungary to progress this far, they would probably face a very tough group, like in many previous European competitions. But with the now extended format, allowing more teams, groups don’t have that same wow factor as before. So why is this bad? Well normally in an underdog situation a side will defend and counter, work hard and reap the rewards, like the Greeks in 2004. However with a group like this, one that could literally see any side beat the other, the ethos changes into attack, something which we think will disadvantage, one of the competitions underdogs.

Mr Blues Tips 

-Spain to win the Euro’s (11/2)

-Germany Group C Winner (2/5)

-France Group A Winner (4/11)

-England Group B Winner (5/6)

-Janko to be Austria Top Scorer (2/1)

-Belgium to reach the Quarter Finals (10/11)

-Ivan Perisic top Croatian Scorer (7/1)

-England group goals scored over 4.5 (8/11)

-No Hungary goalscorer (6/1)

-Lafferty top Northern Ireland scorer (9/2)

-Bale top Wales scorer (10/11)

-Artiz Aduriz golden boot each way (25/1)

-Milik top Poland scorer (5/1)

-Milik Golden boot winner each way (100/1)

Mr Blues Hot Tips

-Spain to win the Euro’s (11/2)

-Bale top Wales scorer (10/11)

-Ivan Perisic top Croatian Scorer (7/1)

-Milik Golden boot winner each way (100/1)

-No Czech goalscorer (14/1)

-England Group B Winner (5/6)

Mr Red’s Hot Tips 

-Spain – 11/2

-Italy E/W – 16/1

-Robert Lewandowski – 14/1

-Nolito E/W – 33/1

-Poland to reach quarter finals – 7/4

-Graziano Pelle top Italian goal scorer – 3/1

*Unfortunately Mr Green has been unable to send us his own top tips. As many know he is currently travelling around Asia for the year and finds it very difficult to spend time researching tips. Hopefully though Mr Red & Blue have supplied a sufficient service.  

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