Most Realistic Outside Bets for Euro 2016

The highly-anticipated start of Euro 2016 is now just days away, with the 24 competing teams having completed their warm-up fixtures and made their way to individual training complexes throughout France.

While host nation France and world champions Germany are the clear favourites to emerge victorious after the final on Sunday, 10th July, there are a number of realistic outsiders who could also stake the claim for Euro 2016 success.

The highly-anticipated start of Euro 2016 is now just days away, with the 24 competing teams having completed their warm-up fixtures and made their way to individual training complexes throughout France.

While host nation France and world champions Germany are the clear favourites to emerge victorious after the final on Sunday, 10th July, there are a number of realistic outsiders who could also stake the claim for Euro 2016 success.

One thing is for sure; this tournament is likely to be one of the most open and keenly contested in living memory, meaning that savvy bettors are ideally placed to benefit with a well-placed wager.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at three of the best-priced and most realistic outsiders for Euro 2016: –

Belgium, 11-1

Belgium are one of the most consistently priced teams to succeed at Euro 2016, with most bookmakers offering odds of either 10/1 or 11/1 for Marc Wilmots men to lift the title next month. The Belgians certainly have the squad depth and pedigree to go far in the tournament, and as Europe’s top-ranked side they may feel aggrieved that they are not considered as favourites ahead of France and Germany.

One potential stumbling block is their presence in a difficult group with Italy, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland, while doubts over the form of Eden Hazard and the enforced absence of influential captain Vincent Kompany may also take their toll.

Italy 16-1

Italy can be backed at 16-1 to win Euro 2016, which is fair when you consider the ageing nature of the squad and the side’s lacklustre performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. With a perceived lack of flair, pace and youthful exuberance, Italy will certainly face a tough task to progress from a challenging qualification group including Belgium, Sweden and Eire.

Italy have an incredible wealth of experience, however, while their defensive organisation will make them extremely difficult to beat at the Euros. Above all else, however, the Italians are incredible tournament performers who have a history of upsetting the odds, from their unexpected World Cup success on home soil in 1982 to their run to the Euro 2000 final.

They certainly cannot be discounted, especially if they progress to the knockout stages and are allowed to grow into the tournament.

Portugal, 20-1

The average price for Portugal to win Euro 2016 is 20/1, but the fact that some bookmakers have priced them at 14/1 underlines their tournament credentials. With a tremendous blend of youth and experience (not to mention the fire-power provided by Real Madrid front man Cristiano Ronaldo) the Portuguese are well-placed to advance deep into the tournament in France.

New Bayern Munich starlet Renato Sanches is also expected to play a starring role at the tournament, and with a relatively straight-forward group Portugal should enjoy serene progress to the knockout stages. From here, they offer excellent value to bettors and could well right the wrongs of their 2004 final defeat at the hands of Greece.

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