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Euro 2016 Team Of The Tournament

Portugal were crowned champion's on Sunday evening, bringing to a close this year's tournement in France, and as the host nation begin to drown their sorrows, we can now look back over the competition and take stock of the great individual performances which have taken place over the last 4 weeks GK- Michael McGovern Northern Ireland did incredibly well to reach the last 16 of the tournament, and they owe much of that success to the heroics of goalkeeper Michael McGovern. McGovern produced…

Portugal v France Odds: Back Les Bleus to complete hat-trick of major tournament triumphs on home soil

Portugal v France After a month of frenzied action, memorable moments, shock upsets, and stunning strikes the 24 representing countries have been slashed down to just two - Portugal and France - who clash at the Stade de France on Sunday night in the eagerly anticipated Euro 2016 Final. France have won nine and lost none of their last 10 games. Les Bleus have won the last 10 clashes between the teams. Portugal are unbeaten in 13 competitive matches under Santos. Antoine Griezmann has scored 6 goals…

Back Both Teams To Score When Germany and France Clash In Marseille

Germany v France Betting Preview It promises to be a cracking occasion and a quality game of football when Germany head to the Stade Velodrome for Thursday night's Euro 2016 semi-final with France. The atmosphere in Marseille will be raucous as the French bid to push their team on to glory and we are anticipating plenty of entertainment in a match that may prove slightly out of kilter with what has gone in this summer's underwhelming tournament previously... France have won 8 of their…

Germany And France Joint Euro 2016 Favourites Ahead Of Semi Final Clash

We really are down to the nitty gritty of Euro 2016 now with just four teams  remaining and we are left with a fascinating selection of teams with all four having their own merits and the betting remains hugely popular among punters. Hosts France will play World Champions Germany in perhaps the most attractive of the two semi-finals on Thursday night, whilst surprise packages Wales look to continue their dream run by beating Portgual on Wednesday evening before the Final at the weekend. France…

Back The Welsh Dragons To Find Away Through Against A Stubborn Portugal

Portugal v Wales Betting Preview It is still difficult to process Wales’s performances in this summer's competition, for a side who were originally just pleased to qualify, Wales have become the story of the Euro’s. Chris Coleman’s team were sensational in their victory over Belgium, and they have certainly proven that they are more than just a Gareth Bale one-man show. With Portugal floundering somewhat, Wales will believe they can reach the final, and after such an assured…

France To Leave Iceland Out In The Cold At Euro 2016

France v Iceland Betting Preview The quarter-finals of Euro 2016 conclude with France v Iceland on Sunday night and what an intriguing tie this promises to be at the Stade de France. The French will surely learn from the mistakes of England, who underestimated Iceland to the point of disrespecting them before being unceremoniously dumped out at the last-sixteen stage, and it is the hosts who are odds on favourites for victory this weekend... France have won 11 and lost 5 of their 16 matches at the…

Extra Time Beckons In Epic Germany v Italy Quarter Final

Germany v Italy Betting Preview It is fair to say that Euro 2016 is yet to capture the imagination but the prospect of Germany v Italy on Saturday night could be just what is required to get this tournament going. The quarter-final between two of Europe's heavyweights promises to be a cracking match and we fancy extra-time could be on the cards in Bordeaux as these old rivals do battle once more... Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive match - Drawn 2, Lost 4 Germany ended a seven-game…

Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann take centre in the last-16 Team of the Week

The first chapter of the Euro 2016 knockout stages, the last-16, whizzed by with a flurry of cracking goals, costly errors and shock upsets. Below we pluck out 11 players who shone during this stage of the competition. GK - Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) Veteran shot-stopper Gianluigi Buffon has still yet to concede at this summer’s showpiece spectacle - he was rested for the Ireland game - and judging by Monday’s performance against Spain you can see why. The goalkeeper was imperious between…

Corner markets are the play for Wales v Belgium clash at Euro 2016

Wales v Belgium Betting Preview Wales continue to tread new ground during their first ever appearance at the European Championships and they will bid to upset the odds against Belgium in their quarter-final in Lille on Friday night. Chris Coleman's men have been one of the stories of Euro 2016 so far and they will have nothing to fear against a Belgian side who they have become very familiar with... Wales have lost 1 of their last 4 meetings with Belgium - Won 1, Drawn 2 Belgium (8…

New Low For English Football Calls For Drastic Change Across The System

When Germany finished bottom of their qualifcation group at Euro 2000 a shockwave reverberated around their football federation (DFB), with drastic measures taken to fix what was a national low, but a mere 16 years later they are world champions preparing for a quarter final clash with Italy at Euro 2016, and it's now time English football followed that process in the wake of their embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Iceland, which saw one of the worst performances in the history of the national…

Goals may be hard to come by in quarter final clash between Poland and Portugal

Poland and Portugal do battle at the Stade Velodrome (Marseille) on Thursday night in the first of the four Euro 2016 quarter-finals. Poland make their debut at this stage of the tournament, having never previously made it out of the group stages, while knockout-stage veterans Portugal will compete in their sixth successive last-8 clash at the Euros. Poland’s 4 games have contained just 4 goals. Poland have kept 6 clean sheets in their last 8 games. All of Poland’s 4 games have gone…

Italy Slashed For Euro 2016 Success Ahead Of The Quarter Finals

Euro 2016 continues this Thursday night as the tournament enters the Quarter-Finals stage and it remains an open tournament after the eventful Last 16 stage where we saw a little bit of everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. The outright betting for the win has been a volatile market since the ball kicking jamboree started but with eight teams remaining, we really are starting to get down to the business end of the European Championships. Italy Through to Play Germany Italy are always a…

Back a draw between Italy and Spain in repeat of Euro 2012 Final

Italy v Spain The pick of the last-16 ties is definitely the clash between Euro 2012 finalists Italy and Spain, who renew their rivalry in Saint-Denis on Monday evening. Spain’s slip-up in the final moments of their third group stage game means the two heavyweights of European football will clash far earlier than expected, in what promises to be a gripping, yet potentially tight and tense, encounter at the Stade de France. 12 of the 16 meetings have gone under 2.5 goals, including the last…

Thomas Muller can break European Championship goal duck in last-16 clash between Germany and Slovakia

Germany v Slovakia Germany will aim to take one step closer in their bid to end their 20-year wait for another European Championship when they tackle Slovakia at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday evening, with the winner facing off against Spain or Italy in the quarter-finals. Germany have won eight and lost none of their last 10 matches in major tournaments. Germany haven’t conceded a goal in their last four games at a major tournament. Slovakia have never reached the quarter-finals of a…

Back both teams to score in Hungary vs Belgium

Hungary v Belgium Hungary and Belgium go head-to-head in the last-16 of the European Championships on Sunday night at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. Hungary have been one of the surprise packages in their first appearance since finishing 4th in 1972, whereas an improving Belgium have been building momentum since their sluggish start to the tournament. No team has scored more goals than Hungary (six) at Euro 2016. Belgium have scored in 11 of their last 12 games. Belgium have won nine of their…

Switzerland To Be Pole Axed By Poland In the Last Sixteen

Switzerland v Poland Betting Preview The last-sixteen stage of Euro 2016 gets underway with Switzerland v Poland at the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in St Etienne on Saturday afternoon and it is fair to say that the serious business can finally start. Hopefully there will be none of this 'faffing' around where teams are holding out for draws and we can start to see some proper football. Neither of these sides have been full of goals so far but we fancy Poland's greater attacking threat…

Plucky Northern Ireland Can Scrape Past Bale And Wales In Historic Last 16 Clash

Paris this Saturday will be the setting for a remarkable moment in recent British sporting history as Northern Ireland play Wales in the last 16 of Euro 2016 with the winner making their way to the quarter-finals. If you had said five years ago that these two tiny footballing nations would be meeting in the knock out stages of a Major Tournament, you would have been laughed at but both teams have earned their right to be here and we can expect a good old fashioned cut and thrust British football…

Tempting odds for a draw in last-16 duel between Croatia and Portugal

Croatia v Portugal Croatia and Portugal are set for a cracking clash at Euro 2016 when they go head-to-head at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens) in the last-16 on Saturday night. Hopes are sky high for a confidence-brimming Croatian side which progressed through to the knockout stages as group winners ahead of holders Spain, while in contrast winless Portugal could only clinch third spot in a seemingly straightforward group. Both countries will certainly be happy at the way in which their side of…

Clark Can Be Superman When Ireland Bid For Revenge Against France

France v Republic of Ireland Betting Preview The Euro 2016 party is only just dying down for fans of the Republic of Ireland after Robbie Brady's stunning late header earned them a famous 1-0 win over Italy and they can now look forward to a cracking last-sixteen tie with tournament hosts France on Sunday afternoon. The Irish had been heading out of the competition before Brady's intervention which ensured they won a match at a European Championship finals for the first time since 1988 and…

England tipped to justify odds on favouritism against plucky Iceland

England v Iceland Betting Preview All of the pressure is on England ahead of their Euro 2016 last-sixteen tie with tournament minnows Iceland on Monday night but we fancy Roy Hodgson's men to cope with expectation and get the job done in Nice. Hodgson could well find himself out of a job if England were to fall at this stage but they have created enough chances in the tournament so far to suggest that they can convert the opportunities that come their way against the plucky Nordic nation...…

Italy tipped up in low scoring Group E clash with Republic of Ireland

Italy v Republic of Ireland Group E draws to a close on Wednesday night as Italy face Republic of Ireland, and Sweden tackle Belgium in the European Championships. With two wins from two games Italy have already booked their place in the last-16, but they'll fancy their chances of making it three on the spin when they go head-to-head at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy with an Ireland side who are bidding to join them in the knockout-stages. Italy have won their last four games in a row - all to nil.…

Euro 2016 Team Of The Group Stage

Team Three games in and Euro 2016 is finally beginning to take shape, but with the knockout stages next, we are still no closer to identifying an early favourite. Every team appears to have its weaknesses, but there have also been some tremendous individual performances, with players such as Payet and Iniesta just starting to light up the tournament. GK- Michael McGovern Northern Ireland have done incredibly well to reach the last 16 of the tournament, but they owe much of that success to the heroics…

Back A Low Scoring Game As Iceland Take On Austria

Iceland v Austria Betting Preview As Group F moves into its final match, there is still much to play for, as any of the remaining 4 teams can still book their place in the knockout rounds. Austria have been largely disappointing, and are fortunate to even have their one solitary point. They are still yet to score, and had Ronaldo converted his late penalty, they would already be on the verge of exiting the competition. Iceland have shown tremendous grit, and were unlucky not to have beaten surprise…

Portugal Can Starve Hungary And Claim The Win In Vital Group F Clash

The final round of matches continues on Wednesday evening with Group F under the microscope and it really is all to play for with all four teams still in with a chance of qualification to the last 16, which gets underway this weekend. It will be the game between Portugal and Hungary in Lyon that could be most significant with Ronaldo and his mates looking for their first win of the tournament after two draws has left them in a perilous position but it won't be easy up against one of the surprise…

Czech Republic edge the betting in crucial Group D showdown with Turkey

Czech Republic v Turkey Czech Republic and Turkey clash on Tuesday night at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens. Both teams are still able to extend their stay in France and progress through to the latter stages of the 2016 European Championships, however for this to happen one of the teams has to win, with a draw no use for either country. The countries may have a point between them, but they can both still progress through to the knockout stages. Each team registered an away win over the other…

Bank on goals when Sweden take on Belgium in Group E

Sweden v Belgium Betting Preview Sweden and Belgium meet in their final Group E match of Euro 2016 at the Allianz Riviera on Wednesday night and both are still in contention to qualify for the last-sixteen despite an indifferent start to the campaign in France. The Swedes opened with an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland before losing 1-0 to Italy, while the Belgians were tactically undone during a 2-0 defeat to the Italians before thumping the Irish 3-0 on Saturday... Seven of Belgium's…

Rock Solid Poland Should Be Too Strong For Ukraine In Final Round of Group C Matches

The final round of group matches at Euro 2016 are now in full swing and it is the turn of Group C on Tuesday evening with Poland playing the Ukraine knowing that a win will ensure their safe passage through to the knock-out stages which means they is plenty on the line. Ukraine can no longer progress after two defeats but they will surely be looking to save face against Poland who have impressed so far with four points from their first two games and they are rightly the favourites to pick up the…

Back Croatia To Just Fall Short Against Spain

Croatia V Spain Betting Preview   Croatia v Spain has all the hallmarks of one of the best group games in this summer's European Championships, and with both sides packed full of talent, it looks like it won’t disappoint. Spain looked very impressive as they eased past Turkey 3-0, Morata’s clever Runs, and Iniesta’s guile, proved too much to handle, and their scintillating performances have now seen many back them as favorites for the competition. In Croatia, Spain will…

Joachim Loew Can Sniff Out A Win For Germany Over Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland v Germany Betting Preview Fresh from a first win at a major tournament since the 1982 World Cup, Northern Ireland will next bid to cause an almighty upset when they take on Germany in their final group game of Euro 2016 on Tuesday evening. Michael O'Neill's men head to the Parc des Princes in Paris off the back of their historic 2-0 win over Ukraine and that was a result that should ensure them at least third place in Group C... Northern Ireland haven't beaten Germany…

Punters Sure To Wink At Ronaldo With Portugal Expected To Beat Austria In Paris

Group F takes centre stage as Portugal play Austria at the Parc des Princes with both teams needing a big performance if they are to boost their chances of qualification after slow starts to the tournament. Austria were very poor as they went down to Hungary in their first game whilst group favourites Portugal could only manage a draw against minnows Iceland and they will know they need to do better this weekend. Austria and Portugal have never played in an International match Austria and Portugal…

Tempting odds for a draw in Group A encounter between Romania and Albania

Romania v Albania Romania vs Albania may not spring out as the most glamorous fixture at the 2016 European Championships, but there is still a lot at stake in this pivotal Group A encounter at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday night.  Rock-bottom Albania will count themselves unfortunate to be on zero points after two games, yet a win could see them finish as one of the best 3rd-place teams. Meanwhile, three points could be enough for Romania to grab a top-2 spot, or more likely, progression…

Croatia can make it two wins on the spin against Group D opponents Czech Republic

Czech Republic v Croatia Next up on the European Championship conveyor belt of fixtures is the Group D clash between Croatia and Czech Republic who meet at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne on Friday afternoon. Croatia impressed in their opening match victory over Turkey, courtesy of a stonking strike from Luka Modric, while the Czechs will be looking to register their first points on the board after losing late on to defending champions Spain. Croatia have won seven and lost none of…

BTTS Looks The Bet As England Play Slovakia In Final Group B Game

Well it's fair to say that we have already been through our fair share of drama as England fans during Euro 2016 already but there could yet be more to come on Monday night as the Three Lions play Slovakia in Saint-Etienne in the final matches of Group B. England go into the game on top of the pool thanks to their last gasp win over Wales and Roy Hodgson and his players will be desperate to finish with another win to top the section and ensure an easier path in the knock-out stages, which are…

Back Wales To Power Through To The Next Round Against A Poor Russia

Russia V Wales Betting Preview As we head into Group B’s final round of matches, qualification still remains very much wide open, as any of the 4 teams can still make the knockout rounds. Wales have shown a great togetherness in their opening two matches, and they were deeply unlucky to be undone by a late Daniel Sturridge winner in their last outing, but they will fancy their chances of getting through against Russia. Against Slovakia, Chris Coleman’s men were excellent on the break,…

Italy can book place in knockout stages with a win over Sweden

Italy v Sweden Italy take on Sweden at the Stadium Municipal (Toulouse) on Friday afternoon in the second round of Group E matches. The Italians conjured up arguably the most impressive display of the opening 12 games, dispatching the well fancied Belgians 2-0 - a result which puts them top of the group. Meanwhile, Sweden came from a goal down to register a point against the Republic of Ireland. Italy are enjoying a three game winning streak. Sweden have just two wins from eight matches. 13…

France a cracking bet to complete the clean Group A sweep against Switzerland

Switzerland v France France and Switzerland lock horns at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday night in the final Group A encounter, which takes place the same time as Romania vs Albania. France have secured maximum points from their opening two games at Euro 2016, and the hosts will now be expected to make it a hat-trick this weekend as they bid to storm into the knockout-stages in style. Meanwhile, Switzerland have four points on the board, meaning a point in Villeneuve-d’Ascq will ensure they…

Ukraine tipped to edge out Northern Ireland in low scoring Group C encounter

Ukraine v Northern Ireland Ukraine and Northern Ireland both suffered opening game defeats in Group C - to Germany and Poland respectively - however, each country has the chance to burst back into the frame on Thursday evening when they lock horns at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon. Ukraine have won four of their last five matches. Andriy Yarmolenko has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Ukraine. Only four of Northern Ireland’s 17 games have gone over 2.5 goals. #%(showTip,1173)%#…

Back Hungary And Iceland To Err On The Side Of Caution

Iceland v Hungary Betting Preview In their opening fixtures, Iceland and Hungary both put in heroic performances, as both sides showed tremendous grit to get positive results. Fancied by many to be the group’s whipping boys, both sides looked assured, and have given themselves a really good platform to build on in the rest of the tournament. Before their unlikely 2-0 victory over Austria, Hungary had not featured in a European Championship since 1972, and that win means that they have a real…

Goals on the cards in crunch Group E clash between Belgium and Republic of Ireland

Belgium v Republic of Ireland Belgium and the Republic of Ireland face off at the Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon. The crunch clash Group E promises to be a real belter with Belgium desperate to bounce back from their surprise defeat to Italy, while the Irish will be bidding to upset the odds and grab their first European Championships win since 1988. Seven of the last eight Belgium matches have seen both teams score. Belgium haven’t kept a clean sheet in those eight…

Back England to bounce back with a victory over rivals Wales

England v Wales The most eagerly anticipated of the six Group B clashes takes place on Thursday afternoon as Home Nations neighbours, England and Wales, renew their rivalry in Lens at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis. After the opening round of matches it’s debutants Wales who top the table following their victory over Slovakia, meaning they can book their spot in the knockout stages with a victory over England will . Meanwhile, The Three Lions will be desperate to grab their first win…

Magicians Modric and Payet Star In First Round To Make Euro 2016 Team Of The Week

Every team at Euro 2016 now has a game under their belt and so far it really has been a terrific tournament on the pitch with great matches wherever you look over the past few days. With the first round of games now done, we thought it was high time we put together a team of the tournament so far and it will be fascinating to follow our eleven as they make their way through the rest of the Euro 2016. GK - Hannes Thor Halldorsson (Iceland) Iceland produced an heroic display on Tuesday night as they…

Back Spain To Cruise To Victory Against Turkey

Spain v Turkey Betting Preview Spain against Turkey promises to be an interesting affair, Spain know that a draw would likely be enough to see them through, while Turkey will know a defeat could be catastrophic. Spain were in complete control against the Czech’s, but despite their domination, they had to wait until the 87th minute to find a break through, and they will have to be sharper against a resilient Turkey team. Turkey were far from outplayed against Croatia, but they were beaten by…

Portugal pin hopes on Cristiano Ronaldo in Group F clash with Iceland

Portugal v Iceland Portugal and Iceland complete the first round of European Championship matches when they go head-to-head in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday night. With Cristiano Ronaldo skippering his country Portugal will always have a chance of glory, and they will be expected to dart of the blocks at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. However, the Portuguese face a potentially thorny opening game against debutants Iceland, who enjoyed an excellent qualification campaign. Portugal won seven of their eight…

Back The German Machine To Keep Rolling On Against Poland

Germany V Poland Betting Preview Germany and Poland both enjoyed opening game wins, as they put in assured performances, keeping clean sheets in the process. Against Northern Ireland, Poland were left largely frustrated, with large parts of the game passing by with the Poles struggling to break the Irish down. Arkadiusz Milik finally broke the deadlock, and for all their struggles creating chances, their own goal was not threatened once. The Germans looked incredibly assured against Ukraine, and…

Austria tipped to open Group F with a victory over Hungary

Austria v Hungary The sixth and final group gets underway on Tuesday night (6pm) when Austria do battle with Hungary at the Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux. Austria, who are many people’s dark horses, will be participating in only their second European Championships, whereas their Group F opponents Hungary will be making their first appearance in the tournament since 1972. Austria won nine and lost none of their 10 qualifying games. During qualifying Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer broke the…

Back France To Dominate Against Albania

France v Albania Betting Preview France were slightly cagey in their opening match, but showed enough character to overcome a resolute Romania. Payet’s moment of magic was enough to secure the points, but with a win under their belts, France are likely to play with much more freedom against Albania. Playing in their first ever major tournament, Albania gave a good account of themselves against Switzerland. Albania created a few chances, demonstrating a few moments of real quality, and had…

Back A Low Scoring Game As Switzerland Take On Resolute Romania

Switzerland v Romania Betting Preview Both sides may have had contrasting fortunes in their opening matches, but both teams put in solid performances, as the Swiss etched out a win over stubborn Albania, while Romania were thoroughly unlucky to lose, after a resolute performance against the French. Switzerland were far from spectacular in their opening fixture, but they showed enough grit to get the job done, and they will be confident of securing the points needed to guarantee qualification ahead…

Slovakia Can Edge Out A Poor Russia Team In Crucial Group B Clash

The second round of Group games at Euro 2016 continues on Wednesday as Russia play Slovakia in a crucial game for both sides as we get towards the business end of the pool stages. Group B is already shaping up to be a tight affair and in truth, if either team loses this game in Lille, it could signal the end of their time in France with both England and Wales also lurking in the group and both looking in decent form. In six meetings between Russia and Slovakia, there has never been more than two…

A draw the pick of the bets in Group B clash between debutants Wales and Slovakia

Wales v Slovakia It’s been 58 long years but finally Wales make their return to major tournament football on Saturday - in the form of Euro 2016 - when they lock horns with Group B opponents Slovakia at Bordeaux’s Matmut Atlantique. In fact, both Wales and Slovakia will be making their long-awaited debuts at the European Championships, and each country will be gunning to earn a valuable victory this weekend as they bid to boost their chances of reaching the knockout…

Back Germany to Muller the Ukraine in Lille

Germany v Ukraine Betting Preview The reigning world champions get their bid for Euro 2016 glory underway on Sunday night as Germany take on Ukraine in Lille. It is a massive first match for the three-time European Championship winners as they bid to put recent injuries to key personnel behind them and they look good value to open Group C with a valuable victory this weekend... Germany have kept 5 clean sheets in 19 games since the 2014 World Cup Over 2.5 goals has paid out in 12 of Germany's…

Back A Cagey Affair As Italy Take On Belgium

Belgium v Italy Betting Preview Belgium are many people’s dark horses for this year’s championships, and Marc Wilmots side will look to improve on a solid, if not spectacular performance at the 2014 World Cup, as they take on Italy. Belgium managed to reach the quarter-final stage exiting at the hands of Argentina, and while that loss is in itself no great disgrace, it was more the lethargic nature of their performances which disappointed fans. Belgium can certainly boast one of the…

Poles tipped to end Northern Ireland's unbeaten run

Poland v Northern Ireland Betting Preview Northern Ireland  take their first forays into major tournament football since the 1986 World Cup when they open their Euro 2016 campaign against Poland on Sunday evening. Michael O'Neill's men did a wonderful job to reach France as they made the most of a relatively kind draw to top their group but they face a desperately tough task in Group C this summer, with Poland, Germany and Ukraine lying in wait... Northern Ireland have won 4, drawn…

Euro 2016 dark horses Croatia should be too strong for Group D opponents Turkey

European Championship holders Spain may be the hot favourites to progress out of Group D, but there is all to play for between Czech Republic, Croatia, and Turkey, with the latter two clashing at the Parc des Princes on Sunday afternoon. The duo will both be determined to storm out the traps in Paris as they bid to hammer down three points on the board. Croatia have won six and lost none of their last seven matches. Mario Mandzukic has five goals in his last five games for Croatia. Special…

Back Spain To Overwhelm The Czech's

Spain v Czech Republic Betting Preview Since their poor showing at the 2014 World Cup, reigning champion’s Spain have somewhat lost their fear factor, but teams should not take the Spanish threat lightly. Spain can still boast a vast depth of supreme talent, and the opportunity to be the first nation to win three European Championship’s on the bounce, should be enough to motive their already highly decorated squad. However, the Czech Republic will not roll over for Spain’s attacking…

Card markets are the play in an Ireland v Sweden stalemate

Republic of Ireland v Sweden Betting Preview Republic of Ireland had to do things the hard way to qualify for Euro 2016 and they have been given another almighty task in the 'Group of Death' at the finals in France this summer, with Martin O'Neill's side set to face Sweden in their opening Group E encounter on Monday. The betting is tight for this first match and defeat for either could easily spell the end of the tournament for the loser as Belgium and Italy are also in the same…

Back England to grab valuable victory in Group B opener against Russia

England v Russia Betting Preview After a frenzied countdown England kick-off their eagerly anticipated Euro 2016 campaign against Group B rivals Russia on Saturday night at the Stade Velodrome (Marseille). The Three Lions head into the tournament as the odds-on favourites to top a potentially tricky group and progress through to the knockout stages, but face a stern test awaits against an improved Russia side who will be looking to shine ahead of hosting the World Cup in two years time. England…

Back Switzerland to just edge past stubborn Albania

Albania v Switzerland Betting Preview After shocking everyone in qualification, Albania have reached their first ever international tournament, and although they will arguably be the least fancied side in the competition, they will represent a stubborn challenge to all the teams they face in Group A. Switzerland are far more established on the international stage, and although Albania will be tricky, you would still have to fancy the Swiss to get the job done, and drag themselves to victory. •…

Giroud Is A Cracking Bet To Score First For France v Romania

France v Romania Betting Preview Tournament hosts France get Euro 2016 underway with their opening Group A clash against Romania on Friday night and Didier Deschamps' men are odds on at the Stade de France. This French side have a fine tradition to uphold after winning Euro '84 and World Cup '98 on home soil in the past and there is an immense amount of pressure being hoisted upon them going into this tournament... Romania are winless in 10 meetings with France since 1972 - Drawn 5,…

The Betting Directory's England Starting XI v Russia

The build-up to England's opening Euro 2016 clash with Russia on Saturday night continues and the Betting-Directory have picked their starting XI for the Group B encounter. Does Wayne Rooney start? Can England defend? Does Jack Wilshere warrant a place? We've gone for a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation and discuss our picks here... 1. Joe Hart Something of a no-brainer given the lack of competition for the goalkeeper's spot and Joe Hart is clearly Roy Hodgson's Number One. Next..…

Grab Some Muller Delight In The Euro 2016 Golden Boot Betting

Euro 2016 Golden Boot Betting Preview When considering a bet on the top goalscorer at Euro 2016, you obviously want players from a country who will go deep into the tournament and a relatively easy group is also helpful when looking for a 'flat track bully' to rack up the goals. No player has scored more than five goals at a European Championship finals since Michel Platini notched nine in 1984 and a meagre three goals were actually enough to take the Golden Boot home…

Germany Tipped For Glory In Our Euro 2016 Betting Preview

Euro 2016 Betting Preview It is finally upon us, Euro 2016 kicks off in France on Friday night and we have taken a look at who could emerge victorious from the newly expanded tournament. With 24 teams taking part, punters will be keen to find a bit of value in the betting after watching the likes of Greece, Czech Republic and Denmark reach at least the final of this tournament over the years and we do like the look of Portugal at a bigger price, although it is Germany who are the team to beat...…

Euro 2016 Group D Betting Preview

The European Championships are now just a matter of days away and our countdown continues today with a closer look at Group D which could potentially turn out to be one of the most fascinating sections. Defending Champions Spain are the hot favourites but with Croatia, Turkey and the Czech Republic also there, there will be no easy game for the might Spanish. #%(showTip,1072)%# Spain Over the past decade or so no team has been able to reach the heights that Spain have reached and they go to France…

Euro 2016 Group F Betting Preview

Euro 2016 Group F Betting Preview Portugal would have been licking their lips at the prospect of Group F when the draw for Euro 2016 was made but a closer look reveals that they are perhaps in for a tougher test than most people would imagine. Improving Iceland and Austria both offer threats, even if Hungary look short of quality, and the group favourites will be relying upon a fully fit Cristiano Ronaldo once more... #%(showTip,1074)%# Portugal The Portuguese have a fine pedigree at European…

Euro 2016 Group A Betting Preview

Euro 2016 Group A Betting Preview Tournaments hosts France have been handed what looks like a straightforward task in the group stages of Euro 2016 as they are in Group A alongside Switzerland, Romania and Albania. Didier Deschamps' men are odds on to finish top of the group but we take a closer look at how things might pan out this summer... #%(showTip,1068)%# France France are looking to win the European Championships for a third time following their 1984 and 2000 successes, and expectations…

Euro 2016 Group E Betting Preview

Euro 2016 Group E Betting Preview Belgium and Italy are the two shining beacons in Group E, but this Euro 2016 qualfication group is blessed with depth throughout, as Sweden are certainly not a side to under-estimate with the inspirational Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line, whilst Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland have shown occasionally that they are certainly no pushover, so Belgium may head the betting to top the group narrowly ahead of the Azzurri, but this particular group…

Euro 2016 Group B Betting Preview

England have been thrown into a potentially thorny Group B at the 2016 European Championships, as they bid to exorcise the ghosts of their woeful 2014 World Cup campaign, and book their spot in the knockout stages. In order to do that The Three Lions will have to battle past the 2018 World Cup hosts Russia, neighbours and Home Nations rivals Wales, plus a vastly improved Slovakian side who simply can’t be underestimated. #%(showTip,1077)%# England England head into Euro 2016 as the fourth…

Euro 2016 Group C Betting Preview

Euro 2016 Group C Betting Preview World champions Germany are expected to cruise through Group C at Euro 2016 but their recent indifferent form, allied with a few injury worries, has led to a few alarm bells ringing and the likes of Poland, Ukraine and Northern Ireland will be eyeing the chance to cause an upset this summer... #%(showTip,1071)%# Germany Germany's form since winning the 2012 World Cup has been quite poor by their own high standards as they have won nine of their eighteen internationals…

England Squad Reaction: Delph, Drinkwater and Townsend miss out

Roy Hodgson has named the 23-man squad that will be on the plane to France for this summer’s showpiece spectacle: 2016 European Championships. The England manager had to give three players the boot from his original 26-man group, with midfielders Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater, along with winger Andros Townsend, the unfortunate trio to miss the cut. Delph’s absence is no surprise, given he was injured, while Drinkwater was also widely expected to miss out, despite starting nearly…

No Pirlo Or Giovinco As Italy Name Provisional Euro 2016 Squad

Italy Coach Antonio Conte has named his provisional 30-man squad for Euro 2016 and the headlines are dominated by those players not in the squad rather than those who have made the intial list. Big name players like Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco have all missed the cut whilst we already know that key midfielders Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti will miss the tournament with injury. The omission of Balotelli is an unsurprising one given his recent form whilst both Pirlo…

Betting Directory Euro 2016 Predictions

Euro 2016 Predictions The Betting-Directory team have pulled out their crystal balls and offered their predictions for Euro 2016. What do you make of their selections? Steve Claridge Winner: England - 9/1 Betfred I've never fancied us before but this is as good a chance as we've ever had... if we can defend. There's nothing to fear as we're as good as anything if Roy Hodgson gets it right and the players we've got have filled me with genuine optimism. Top Goalscorer: Olivier…

Wilshere Called Up As Hodgson Names England Provisional Squad

There were no massive surprises when Roy Hodgeson named his provisional 26 man England squad for the European Championships on Monday. Jack Wilshere was called up and despite having spent the majority of this season on the sidelines through injury it didn't come as a shock that the Arsenal midfielder was selected and he looks certain to make the 23 who will go to France in June. Wilshere's teammate Theo Walcott was the most high profile ommission from the squad which will play three friendlies…

Hosts France Name Strong Euro 2016 Squad As They Aim To Bag Glory On Home Soil

Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man France squad for the 2016 European Championships, as the former World Cup winner aims to orchestrate a tournament success on home soil, and his star-studded squad is blessed with some of the biggest names in European football. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will lead a nation who are aiming to win this tournament for the first time since 2000, and it's the attacking options that will excite the passionate French football fans with Juventus star…

Schweinsteiger's fitness leaves a cloud over Germany's Euro 2016 training squad

Joachim Low announced a preliminary 27-man Germany squad for Euro 2016 and perhaps the biggest surprise of all is the inclusion of Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Manchester United midfielder has been pencilled in as captain by Low this summer despite the fact Schweinsteiger hasn't played a competitive game for his club since United won 1-0 at Manchester City in March and he still needs to prove his fitness before the final squad of 23 is announced by the end of the month. Schweinsteiger is one…

Vicente del Bosque leaves out a catalogue of big names in his provisional Spain squad

A high number of the squad announcements for the rapidly approaching 2016 European Championships have been relatively uneventful and unsurprisingly affairs, however the revelation of Spain's provisional 25-man squad has caused huge uproar. Where to start? A catalogue of top names have been savagely swatted aside by long-serving manager Vicente del Bosque, who has cast away the likes of Diego Costa, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Javi Martinez, and Santi Cazorla - five players who, on their day,…

Seven New Caps As Italy Announce Euro 2016 Training Camp Squad

Italy coach Antonio Conte has included seven new caps in his Pre Euro 2016 Training Camp squad. The 30-man Preliminary squad won't be named by Conte until May the 23rd but in the meantime, a number of new faces have been included in a 28 man Training squad this week. The new names in the Azzurri camp this week include Atalanta 'Keeper Marco Sportiello, Genoa forward Leonardo Pavoletti and Lazio Midfielder Danilo Cataldi. All of the new names will be hoping to force their way into the Final…

Strong Premier League Representation As Belgium Announce Provisional Euro 2016 Squad

Marc Wilmots has announced his initial 24 man Belgium squad for the European Championship finals in June next month, half of which contain players plying their trade in the Premier League. Three players apiece from Spurs and Liverpool and two from Chelsea and Manchester City help contribute to the squad, whilst the likes of Nacer Chadli and Kevin Mirallas have been placed on standby. The Belgiums have a strong squad to call upon but with many having had tough seasons in the Premier League and flattering…
Winners Poll /
Who Will Win Euro 2016?
France
13%
Germany
18%
Spain
6%
England
12%
Belgium
8%
Italy
9%
Portugal
7%
Croatia
5%
Austria
2%
Poland
4%
Wales
5%
Republic of Ireland
2%
Northern Ireland
2%
Other
5%
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