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Who Are Favourites To Win Euro 2016?

June 03, 2016

- Grant Whittington

We’re in for another great summer of sport this year and that includes the highly anticipated 2016 UEFA European Championship which every football fan in the country will be very much looking forward to. There’s just a matter of days to go and there has been endless speculation about all the potential squads that’ll be arriving in France this month. Who’s in, who’s out and who are favourites to win?

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to find hosts France right up there as favourites to take the title on their home soil. But will the home advantage be enough to get them through the tournament? It’s worked wonders for teams in the past to play at familiar grounds and have hordes of adoring fans there to back you up but as hosts the French side automatically entered the competition without having to qualify competitively. The team have of course been involved in a number of international friendlies losing just 1 game from their last 8 but each of the games did shine a spotlight of France’s current weaknesses which some teams will certainly be looking to take advantage of when the tournament kicks of on 10th June.

Close on their heels in terms of bookies favourites and predicted odds are of course Germany. The always solid Germany side have managed to reach the final of the competition no less that 6 times, and have in fact won on 3 occasions. In fact just 2 years ago it was the Germans who were celebrating a triumphant victory as they won the World Cup. Since then in the lead up to the Euros it’s been a bit of a mixed bag of results for the team with solid wins over Italy and Poland but losing to France, England and even the Republic of Ireland.

Behind France and Germany the bookies are backing Spain or England to win the trophy. Nearly all these teams have, at least on paper, a fairly straightforward run in during the group stages but it’s Spain and England who have been piecing together the most impressive performances up to this point and their potential squads are strong enough to compete for that trophy come June.

Let’s face it this year things are very much different as the tournament expands from its typical 16 team setup to a massive 24 teams for the very first time. So there are plenty of teams around looking to grab some success on an international stage and in a year that’s seen the underdogs trump the bigger clubs in the English Premier League there’ll be plenty of challenges from a whole new batch of European sides.

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