Will We See a Surprise in the First Round of Euro Matches?

On June 10th, Euro hosts France will take on Romania in the opening match of the European Championships at the Stade de France. Over the course of the next five days, the remaining first-round games will be completed, as all of the tournament favourites and inexperienced minnows get their share of the limelight.

On June 10th, Euro hosts France will take on Romania in the opening match of the European Championships at the Stade de France. Over the course of the next five days, the remaining first-round games will be completed, as all of the tournament favourites and inexperienced minnows get their share of the limelight.

So what odds are there on all of the bookmakers’ group favourites winning their opening matches? At Bethut we decided to look at the available odds and the likelihood of the tournament’s biggest competitors surviving the first-round unscathed.

Odd and History: Can the Tournament favourites start Euro 2016 with a bang?

Across the board, the average odds of each Group favourite winning their opening game is 20/1. This varies depending on which bookmaker you go with, but we recommend that you check out 888 and Betway for the best possible offers.

A price of 20/1 seems fair when you consider the nature of the wager, however, particularly when you look at the games in closer detail. While France, Germany and Portugal can all be reasonably expected to win their opening games against Romania, Ukraine and  Iceland, for example, group B favourites England face a tricky opener against a largely unheralded but technically-proficient Russian side. The other two games are trickier to call, however, particularly in the case of Group D.

Belgium, currently ranked second in the world and listed as the top European team, take on Italy in their opening game on 13th June. The Italians are notoriously doughty tournament performers, while their experience and defensive strength could be enough to at least secure a draw in a match that no team will want to lose. In Group C, Spain must take on Czech Republic side that qualified ahead of Holland, Turkey and Iceland, while the Spaniards themselves are far from the dominant force they once were.

Is 20/1 a good price for this wager?

So while 20/1 is a theoretically good price for each of the group favourites to win their opening games, the bet becomes less appealing when you look each match in closer detail. It is also important to factor in the history of major tournaments and first-round upsets, such as world champions France’ defeat against Senegal in the 2002 World Cup and Argentina’s stunning 1-0 loss to Cameron 12 years earlier.

If you do decide to place a bet, just make sure that you check out each game in detail and consider major tournament history before you commit. It is also important to get the best possible price, so check out our own offers page to ensure that you optimise your potential reward!

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