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Jun 06

The Ultimate Euro 2016 Betting Guide: Part 2

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.
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Croatia 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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Germany 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).

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Ever 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)

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Poland 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).

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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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Turkey 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-40 Like 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).

The Groups

This section will look at groups C & D and 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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With 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.

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Like 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.

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

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