With the debut of the European Championship quickly approaching, with just a little over a month to go, football fans from all over the world started making predictions and asking questions.
Will we see an unsurprising winner this year, like France, Germany or Spain, or will we be in for a surprise winner, like Belgium or England? Will 24 teams provide a more spectacular tournament, or will we be forced to watch unspectacular games? With just a little more to go, the anticipation is testing our patience.
We continue with our EURO Cup 2016 group-by-group analysis with Group B, composed of England, Russia, Slovakia and Wales. The Group games will start on the 11th of June in Bordeaux, with a game between Wales and Slovakia, while England – Russia will be played later in the same day, but in Marseille.
At first glance, Euro 2016 Group B is one of the most balanced this year’s tournament has to offer, with maybe one slight favorite (England), but which we all know can disappoint quickly and painfully. Let’s analyze each team:
EURO 2016 Group B – Teams & Best Outright Odds
England – 9.50
England managed to qualify with ten wins out of ten, the only team to achieve this feat. Roy Hodgson has managed to bring lots of new faces to the team, including Tottenham stars Alli and Kane and Leicester wonder-scorer Jamie Vardy.
The coach knows that England is the only team which has won the World Cup and didn’t win any European Championship, and thus will be looking to compete for the title this year. Many of their recent appearances have ended due to unsuccessful penalty shootouts, which they will clearly try to avoid this year.
Russia – 67.00
Finishing their qualification group second after four wins in their last four games, Leonid Slutski’s team are regulars in recent national competitions.
Featuring a squad with both experienced players (Ignashevich is the current most-capped player with 114) and newcomers, Russia is known as a team which can provide great surprises or disappoint rather quickly. There is no reason why they can’t win their group this year if their game reaches its maximum potential.
Slovakia – 161.00
Slovakia is another team which will appear in a European Championship for the first time this year. Their squad features many experienced players (Vittek, Hamsik, Kucka, Hubocan, and Durica to name a few) which led the team to 7 wins in their 10 qualifying games.
Some of these players are at their last appearances in the national team, and following some great games in the 2014 World Cup (a 3-2 win against Italy was the highlight) are surely looking to leave a good impression.
Wales – 81.00
Wales scored just 1.1 goals per game in the qualifying phase, but notched 6 wins which led them to their first participation in the European Championship. Gareth Bale is undoubtedly the best player in the squad, and their duel with Slovakia is the only one involving debutants in this year’s championship.
A clash with England is sure to be intense, and a win in their first game against Russia can open the doors to qualifying from the group.
EURO 2016 Betting Predictions
While this group is very well-balanced, the online sports betting sites view England as the main favorite, followed by Russia and, surprisingly, Wales. Lots of the games from this group can see goals scored by both teams, which can bring some good profits.
Also, betting that star players score (Harry Kane, Alexandr Kerzakov, Robert Vittek, Gareth Bale) are very good options – provided that these players don’t disappoint very much.
The winner of this group also has the chance of playing a 3rd placed team from groups A, C or D, which will surely provide an added incentive to the teams.