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 Giroud - 20/1 Betfred
You obviously want someone who is going to go deep in the tournament and France have an easy group so I'll take a punt on Olivier Giroud at a massive 20/1.

Player Of The Tournament: Thomas Muller - 8/1 Paddy Power
Again you want someone who will go quite a way in the tournament and the Germans are always strong, with Thomas Muller once again the man to look out for this summer.

Flop Of The Tournament: Russia
Russia are obviously in the same group as England and I fancy they will come up well short in France.

Best Bet: England to win Group B @ 11/13 with Unibet
I'm not a deluded England fan by any means but I think they will do well and the 11/13 for them to win Group B looks nailed on for my money.

Steve Chambers

Winner: Spain - 11/2 Paddy Power
France head the betting for Euro 2016, but 2012 champions Spain may have come through a couple of sticky years on the international scene and at 11/2 with Paddy Power may offer superb value for a team with a squad blessed with quality throughout.

Top Goalscorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 34/1 Unibet
Ibrahimovic netted 11 goals in Euro 2016 qualification, including three-goals in Sweden’s play-off victory over Denmark, and the haughty hotshot is a tasty 34/1 to top score in the competition, which is a terrific each-way bet in what is a wide open market.

Player of the Tournament: Andres Iniesta - 30/1 Unibet
If Spain are to retain their European crown then Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta will need to be at his sublime best, and having been crowned player of the tournament at Euro 2012, then the majestic playmaker could well sparkle once again and is an eye-catching 30/1.

Flop of the Tournament: Belgium
Belgium are 11/1 fifth favourites for Euro 2016, with many expecting big things from this ‘Golden Generation’, but this over-rated national side may even struggle to make it through a tough Group E with Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden sure to be tough to beat.

Best Bet: Germany top scorers - 16/5 Betfred
Reigning World Cup winners Germany are 16/5 to be the top scorers in Euro 2016 and with a fairly straight-forward group that they should dominate then they can top the scoring charts as they go deep into the tournament.

Paul Dunn

Winner: France - 7/2 Paddy Power
I agree with the bookmakers and make France the most likely winners of the tournament and 7/2 is a pretty fair reflection of their chances given that they are playing on home soil. Didier Deschamps' side could be approaching their peak whilst Spain (the holders) and Germany (the World Cup winners) are perhaps going in the other direction. In fact, England could rate the main dangers and 9/1 could be a touch of value if they continue the form they’ve shown in qualifying.

Top Goalscorer: Harry Kane - 16/1 Bet Victor
Harry Kane dispelled doubts about him being a one-season wonder bagging 25 goals to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer. With England starting to look like one of the most exciting attacking teams in the competition, he could get the service he needs to be amongst the front runners for the Golden Boot and 16/1 rates a decent each-way price.

Player Of The Tournament: Paul Pogba 12/1 Bet Victor
If my prediction is correct and France do end up lifting the trophy, I’d expect the Player of the Tournament to come from one of their first XI. Paul Pogba won the Best Young Player Award at the World Cup and has enjoyed the extra responsibility afforded to him since Pirlo left Juventus. With Kante in behind doing the dirty work, Pogba can produce some eye-catching, power-packed displays and he’d be my Player of the Tournament bet at a best priced 12/1.

Flop Of The Tournament: Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has carried the hopes of the Welsh Nation on his shoulders for a long time now and has rarely failed to disappoint. But after a long season culminating in the Champions League final, this could be a step too far for the Real Madrid man. I expect a tournament of failed dribbles and off-target long shots.

Best Bet: Harry Kane Top England Goalscorer - 23/10 Paddy Power
It’s still not entirely clear how Roy Hodgson will line up his England side but it seems certain that Harry Kane will start in the central striking position. With Rooney expected to play in a deeper role, Jamie Vardy looks the main competition to top score for England but he wouldn’t be guaranteed to start every game. With that in mind, Paddy Power’s quote of 23/10 on Kane looks far too big.

Jack Kitson

Winner: France - 7/2 Paddy Power
Best squad, advantage of playing on home soil, and history of winning major tournaments on their own patch (twice). The French have also been placed in the easiest group, so should sail through to the knockout stages at a canter.

Top Goalscorer: Robert Lewandowski - 16/1 Paddy Power
Easy to go with a French player, but for value I like the look of the in-form Roberto Lewandowski. The Polish striker heads to France on the back of a simply superb season, grabbing 48 goals, including a record-equalling 13 in qualifying.

Player Of The Tournament: Antoine Griezmann - 16/1 Bet 365
Antoine Griezmann has enjoyed another stunning season for Atletico Madrid, playing a pivotal role in their run to the Champions League final and spirited La Liga title challenge. The Frenchman has been in cracking form in front of goal, bagging 32 in 53 games for Atletico last term, and looks a tasty bet to thrive this summer.

Flop Of The Tournament: Italy
It’s difficult to get excited about this current Italy squad. Since finishing the runners-up at Euro 2012, the Italians flopped at the 2014 World Cup, while this summer they’ve been placed in the “Group of Death” featuring Belgium, Sweden and Ireland. A lack of high quality strikers could see them struggle in France.

Best Bet: France top goalscorers - 10/3 Betfred
Laurent Blanc has a mouthwatering assortment of attacking players at his disposal, and I fancy the French to cause carnage in front of goal in the group stages against the likes of Romania, Albania, and Switzerland.

Russell Palmer

Winner: Belgium - 11/1 (e-w) Betfred
You can pick holes in all the favourites and in Hazard/De Bruyne, Belgium have a couple of match winners within a pretty solid looking squad. It's this generation's time to kick on and I think they represent good each way value.

Top Goalscorer: Harry Kane - 16/1 (e-w) Ladbrokes
Golden boot winner I think England could reach at least the quarter finals but they're strong favourites in the group stages and Kane can be the talisman at an attractive looking each-way bet.

Player Of The Tournament: Eden Hazard - 16/1 (e-w) Paddy Power
Putting all my eggs in a Belgium shaped basket, Hazard put a season of mediocrity behind him (being kind) to show what a player he can be in the last month of the EPL Season and can inspire the Belgians to a Euro 2016 final.

Flop Of The Tournament: Germany
Bold call but the Germans have struggled to shake off a World Cup hangover losing twice in qualification, once to Poland who they meet again in France. Anything short of a spot in the semis would be classed as a flop for the World Champions. Sit back and watch it happen.

Best Bet: Top scoring group - Group A @ 3/1 Ladbrokes
Hosts France can come out of the blocks and fill their boots in a weak looking group, whilst the other three teams could well be involved in some high scoring games. Expect this young French team to go deep and dish out the odd hiding along the way.

Sean Raymond

Winner: France - 7/2 Paddy Power
I have strongly fancied France for some time now and have to stick with them, despite the absence of Benzema and their relatively short price. They have midfield creativity and attacking flair across the pitch and with home advantage, they are the most likely winners.

Top Goalscorer: Mario Mandzukic - 40/1 Unibet
The new format of the tournament could see a number of 'lesser' teams into the latter stages of the tournament including Croatia who I am expecting to go deep in France. Mario Mandzukic is expected to lead the line for Croatia and after good season for Juve, he makes each-way appeal here at 40/1.

Player Of The Tournament: Antoine Griezmann - 10/1 Bet Victor
Antoine Griezmann has scored 22 goals in La Liga this season for a flying Atletico team and in the absence of Karim Benzema, he is the man to take the French through to the latter stages of this tournament. Expect skill, goals and creativity from him.

Flop Of The Tournament: Italy
Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti will both miss the Euros for Italy which has decimated their midfield and with still no sign of a world class forward for Antonio Conte, don't expect the Italians to progress much past the group stages.

Best Bet: Croatia to reach the quarter-finals @ 9/4 Ladbrokes
Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic form one of the most creative and exciting midfield's in the tournament and I expect Croatia to have a very successful tournament as a result. Add to that the goals of Mario Mandzukic and Nikola Kalinic and the 9/4 on offer from Ladbrokes about the Croatians reaching at least the last eight in France is like finding money in the street.

Harris Simpson

Winner: France - 7/2 Paddy Power
With home advantage, and a young hungry squad packed with talents such as Griezmann, Pogba and Martial, it is difficult to look past the French.

Top Goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo - 8/1 Bet Victor
Portugal have a relatively easy group, and Ronaldo will fancy smashing in a few before the knockout rounds. When the games get more cagey, his match winning abilities will still mean he is a constant threat, and if Portugal can get to at least the quarters, he will be right up amongst the goals.

Player Of The Tournament: Anthony Martial- 33/1 Bet Victor
Martial has been exceptional for Manchester United all season long, even when playing in Louis Van Gaal’s rigid system. He will relish the opportunity to express himself in a free flowing French side and if he can translate his club form to the international stage, he will light up this summer’s tournament.

Flop Of The Tournament: Italy
The Italian squad is lacking the stardust of previous teams, and they have failed to replace the core of the 2006 World Cup winning squad. Names like Nesta, Gattuso, and Totti, have been replaced with Darmian, Jorginho, and Pelle, and although they should navigate their group, they won’t last long in the knockout rounds.

Best Bet: Four Fold – Top Goalscorer for each individual country @ 40/1 Bet 365:
Spain - Alvaro Morata
Belgium - Romelu Lukaku
Portugal - Cristiano Ronaldo
England - Harry Kane

Richard Smith

Winner: Germany - 4/1 Coral
Germany has reached at least the semi-final stage, 18 times, from their last 24 appearances at major tournaments, including eight of the last 11 European Championships. Two years ago, they won the World Cup at a canter and retain the vast majority of that talented and more crucially, now experienced squad. Not one of the 24 teams is without its flaws, Germany included, however, I'm a firm believer of form being temporary and class permanent, and as such, Germany is my call to win Euro 2016.

Top Goalscorer: Thomas Muller - 8/1 Paddy Power
Thomas Muller is the obvious choice given the call for Germany to win the competition. The 26-year-old has 10 goals from 16 starts at international tournaments, including the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup. A similar strike-rate in France would put the Bayern Munich star amongst the leading contenders to be top scorer.

Player Of The Tournament: Anthony Martial - 33/1 Bet Victor
One French player that has the potential to shine more than the famous Eiffel Tower light show is Anthony Martial, after the 20-year-old emerged as one of the few positives from Louis van Gaal's time at Old Trafford. After silencing those who were sceptical of his £36m price tag, Martial can benefit from home advantage and use Euro 2016 as a platform to further enhance his profile on an international stage.

Flop Of The Tournament: Belgium
It's 30 years since Belgium reached the semi-finals of a major tournament and whilst they have probably their best squad in three decades since Mexico '86, they should not be as short as 9/1 to lift the trophy. Granted, the squad has some good players, but the hype around this team is the result of too many 'football hipsters' on Twitter getting excited about players they first heard of on Football Manager 2011. They underachieved at the World Cup and stuck with Marc Wilmots, and it will take another flop in France before a change is made and it's too late! Parallels of England under Sven...

Best Bet: Germany to reach the semi-final - Evens Sky Bet.
It's not a huge price, but for a team that has been tipped to win the tournament, even money about reaching the last four is a cracking price. Stats alone suggest that a team that has reached the semi final of this tournament eight times from eleven appearances, should be 2/5, not evens.