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Three Must-see Group Games At Euro 2016

March 17, 2016

- Grant Whittington

There will be 36 games in the extended group stage of this years’ Euro 2016 finals, as 24 teams compete for success (as opposed to the usual 16).

While some may have questioned whether or not this plethora of additional games will dilute the quality of the tournament overall, the initial fixtures have certainly offered up some games that have sets heart and minds racing across the continent.

3 Must-see games at Euro 2016

“So which games represent must-see entertainment?” we hear you ask, as you look to plan ahead for a summer of incredible excitement. Here are our picks of the summer’s outstanding fixtures…

Switzerland v France

The bookmakers at Bethut have made host nation France the second favourites for success, although they will not have it easy in a difficult group. Their final game of the qualification phase is against neighbours Switzerland, which boasts a side full of youthful talent and world class performers such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Gokhan Inler.

This could be a must-win game for the French, which could in turn pose issues if the weight expectation weighs heavily on star performers such as Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and the youthful Anthony Martial. It will certainly be one to watch, with the French running out 5-2 winners in the same fixture in the 2014 World Cup.

England v Wales

From a purely selfish perspective, the best part of Euro 2016 is the way in which the extended format has opened the door to home nations such as Wales and Northern Ireland. The Welsh in particular will be participating in their first major tournament since 1958, and the fact that they have been drawn in England’s group makes it doubly exciting.

This will be a difficult game for the Three Lions, who have a disappointing record at recent majors and must take on world class Welsh talent including Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey.

Germany v Poland

The Germans are World Champions and one of the favourites for the European crown, but they will not find it easy in group containing and impressive Poland side. The two could scarcely be separated during a tough qualification group, and we expect this contest to be tight, even and difficult to call.

Polish captain and star striker Robert Lewandowski will also be keen to make an impression on his Bayern Munich teammates, while it is also interesting to note that this games takes place on the same day as England’s clash with the Welsh.

If you haven’t already, we would recommend taking some time off to enjoy these games!

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