Contenders for the title and betting odds from online bookmakersFrance We start with the French team because they host this year’s championship. They won the last competition they hosted, the 1998 World Cup, and have a very balanced squad this year, along a very talented manager. All their players, from goalkeeper to forwards play at top squads and most of them (Lloris, Matuidi, Varane, Martial, Sakho, Griezmann, Pogba – to name a few) were decisive in this season for their teams. Our prediction is that France reaches the final this year and has a good chance of winning it. Spain The current holders of the trophy are looking less powerful than 4 years ago. They are still far from being a weak time, but Casillas is aging, Xavi, Iniesta and Xabi Alonso no longer form the best midfield in the world, they lack a world-class striker and their team has a lot of debutants. We think that Spain will not make a fool of themselves, but won’t progress very far either. Germany The World Champions are viewed as strong favorites for this year’s competition. The only change compared to the team which won the 2014 World Cup lies in central midfield. The pair that held the team together, Schweinsteiger and Khedira, is far away from their top form and will surely be replaced, as well as former captain Lahm, which withdrawn from the squad. They still possess top-quality players (Ozil, Schurrle, Gotze, Muller and Neuer to name a few) and are widely expected to reach the final. England The English team is always one which can provide surprises. Their newcomers (Alli, Kane, Vardy and Sterling) are all players which haven’t played in a major competition, but are enormous talents coming from teams which have dominated the Premier League. This year they seem to have a shot at the competition, as they always do. Their place will probably be a little under the hot favorites. Belgium The surprise inclusion in this year’s favorites list, the Belgium will bring to Euro 2016 is the best they ever had. Lukaku, De Bruyne, Hazard, Fellaini and the rest are all top-quality players, which performed absolutely great in the qualifiers. If there is an underdog which can go all the way this year, that’s Belgium.
Potential GoalscorersAs far as goalscorers are concerned, the general idea is very easy: you need to play many games to win the top goalscorer award. The only player who can have a shot at this title outside the big teams is Ronaldo, who only needs 3 or 4 games to score a handful of goals. Apart from the Portuguese star, most of the teams listed above have a contender for this award. Belgium has Lukaku who has impressed in the Premier League, England has Kane who was the top goalscorer in the same league, Germany has Muller who always seems to be on top of his game and France have Griezmann, who led Atletico all the way to the Champions League final this year. They are the main contenders for this year’s golden boot, but each of them would surely trade this award for winning the title.
Betting Odds: Top Goalscorer
Gareth Bale (Wales): 8.00 or 7/1
Thomas Muller (Germany): 81.00 or 80/1
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 9.50 or 17/2
Antoine Griezmann (France): 1.71 or 5/7
Olivier Giroud (France): 7.00 or 6/1
Dimitri Payet (France): 9.00 or 8/1People might be surprised we haven’t included other squads in this preview – like Sweden, Italy, Portugal and Russia. All squads have a few great players, but lack overall quality and find themselves in a transition phase at the moment. They might provide one or two surprises, but are considered much too inconsistent to go all the way. At this point in time, this wraps up our EURO 2016 betting previews. At the end of the competition, we’ll see if we were at least close with our predictions, or if teams like Albania and Romania will be the Leicester City of the European Championship.
Let’s prepare in advance for Euro 2016 together, for it will surely be a great ride.
Last Update: 08/07/2016