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...

10th June - 10th July Odds Won/Lost Bet
Euro 2016 Outright Tips
Germany to win outright  
Best Bet
@ 9 / 2  
Portugal (each way) @ 20 / 1  

The Favourites

It is the hosts France who head the betting to win the tournament for a third time after landing the title on their own patch in 1984 and again in Holland in 2000, with Ladbrokes pricing them 16/5. 'Les Bleus' haven't had the greatest build-up to the tournament though as a race row has engulfed Didier Deschamps' squad selection and they have been robbed of the considerable talents of Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane and Lassana Diarra for various reasons. 

It does at least bode well for the French that 11 of the 14 winners of the European Championships came from a price of 5/1 or shorter, including four of the last five.

Germany are 9/2 to win the tournament for a fourth time and the reigning world champions are bidding to take the title for the first time since Euro 96. Plenty of people are looking to pick holes in this German side but any team that can boast a spine of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller are going to be strong. Yes, they haven't looked quite as infallible since winning the World Cup in 2014 but they are a 'tournament team' that sets the standard for us and they are the team to beat.

Tip #1: Germany to win Euro 2016 @ 9/2 with Ladbrokes.com.

Meanwhile, Spain seem to have gone under the radar despite being two-time defending champions following their 2008 and 2012 successes. Vicente Del Bosque can afford to leave out the likes of Isco, Diego Costa and Juan Mata, and his side must be respected at 11/2.

'Dark Horses'

The phrase 'dark horse' gets banded about far too much for our liking and we know enough about Belgium (11/1) now, albeit we wonder whether the bookmakers pay too much attention to the trumpeting of the 'greatest in the world' Premier League. The reality is that it is an average division and the Belgian players are perhaps not the world beaters everyone expects.

The same can be said of England and 9/1 is far too short about a team that has crashed out of the quarter-finals in their past two appearances at the finals (2004 and 2012), while their embarrassing World Cup effort of two years ago still lingers in the memory.

The Each-Way Chance

Instead, we prefer the chances of Portugal, who have a fine pedigree in this competition, at more than twice the price of England (20/1 with Betfred). Admittedly, they are reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo for that touch of spark but no other nation can call upon such a genuinely world class talent this summer. Much will depend on whether Ronaldo is fit but a well-organised team have to be considered contenders as they have made it to at least the quarter-finals in all six of their previous appearances at the finals, reaching three semi-finals and of course reaching the final in 2004.

Tip #2: Portugal to win Euro 2016 (each way) @ 20/1 with Betfred.

The Portuguese have been knocked out by the eventual champions in two of the past three Euros and the 1-0 specialists (four of their seven qualifying wins came by a 1-0 scoreline) can go deep this summer.

Euro 2016 Odds