We end our previews of the European Championship Group stage with EURO 2016 Group F, which will start with a game featuring Austria and Hungary at Bordeaux, on the 14th of June 2016. After this group is finished on the 22nd, we will know the entire table of the Knockout stage of this year’s championship.
Some teams will be left disappointed and will have to head home; others will be looking to continue their road for as long as possible while a select few will gear up to win the title. Will a team from Group F go all the way? Unlikely, but not impossible.
At first glance, EURO 2016 Group F seems like one that Portugal should dominate quite easily. One can surely wonder how teams like Iceland, Hungary or Austria qualified for this tournament, because they all enjoyed little to no success in recent past. After doing our analysis, we realized that not only does Portugal not have an easy job, but this group is a lot more balanced that it initially seems.
EURO 2016 Group F Teams & Best Outright Odds
Portugal – 23.00
Portugal is a team which always seems good on paper, but fails to live up to expectations. Built around star forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal won the 5-team group composed of Albania, Denmark, Serbia and Armenia with 21 points.
They only managed to win by 1 goal margins, finishing with 11 goals scored and 5 conceded a feat they surely can’t be too happy with. The team seems to rely on their star from Real Madrid very much, but will have to play better football than they did in the qualifiers if they want to exit the group stage.
Iceland – 126.00
Iceland is one of the most surprising teams of this year. Finished 2nd in a group which the Czech Republic won with 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats, Iceland will appear in a final tournament for the first time in history.
This generation of players is the greatest in the history of Icelandic football and contains players like Gilfy Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson, to name a few. They can produce quite a few surprises and will probably fight for second place in the group with Austria.
Austria – 41.00
Austria topped a group with Russia and Sweden rather surprisingly but very dominant, with 9 wins and a 1-1 draw at home with Sweden. Marc Janko is their star forward netting 7 goals in the qualifiers and the current top scorer of a squad which also features players like Cristian Fuchs, Florian Klein, and Zlatko Junuzovic. Austria will be looking for their first win at a final championship, only managing a draw in 2008 against Poland.
Hungary – 401.00
Hungary finished 3rd in their qualification group, behind rivals Romania and Northern Ireland. Widely viewed as one of the weakest teams in this year’s tournament, Hungary did manage to beat Norway 3-1 on aggregate to book their tickets for France. Their football has been less than exciting so far and seemed to be centered around Balázs Dzsudzsák.
The glory days of Hungarian football are very much far behind them, but they mark some interesting records in Euro 2016: their first major tournament appearance in 30 years and the opportunity for Gabor Kiraly to become their most capped player in history, if he managed to add 2 caps to his present 100.
EURO 2016 Betting Tips For Group F
EURO 2016 Group F is surely very hard for betting fans, for a multitude of reasons. Austria, Iceland, and Hungary are all inexperienced teams which always have the potential of mixing it up, while Portugal are very far from being in great form.
Draws with few goals will probably be common occurrences while Cristiano Rolando scoring can also be a good bet. Also a good option is betting on the number of yellow cards in each game – all teams like to tackle hard.