The final Euro 2016 squads are set to be announced next week, ahead of the start of the tournament in France, so we thought we’d give you an insight into which teams are expected to do well.
Spain won the 2012 edition of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, but were disappointing in the following World Cup campaign, and are not the favourites to retain their trophy of four years ago.
France come into the tournament as hosts, and having a number of in-form players in their squad, are favourites to take the crown from the Spaniards. Anthony Martial and Antoine Griezmann look an exciting pairing in an attacking three for the side, and it would be silly not to rate their chances in the competition.
My personal pick for the tournament however is Belguim, who look to have an extremely creative squad, with Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard set to smash their way into the international scene. They are a best-priced at 11/1 (12.0) with William Hill (you may check the odds here – http://sports.williamhill.com/
The Red Devils have a young squad, but the wealth of talent at their disposal in every position is scary. The fact that they are a bigger price than England, who haven’t got past the quarter-final stage since 1996, is madness.
The Three Lions come into Euro 2016 with a very inexperienced squad, with the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker amongst those who are to embark on their first ever international tournament. That is not to say they are not worthy of their place in the team, but it would be a big ask to expect them to come back as winners.
Germany are a side who always do well in the big competitions, and are the current World Cup holders. Their squad is also mind-bogglingly strong, and simply cannot be ruled out. They should be a near-certainty to make the semi-final stages, and the 25/1 for a Germany-Belgium final is very tempting.
It would be rude to not mention the current European champions, although I will not be backing Spain personally. They have won the last two Euros, but I think they have let themselves down with some of their selections. They left an in-form Fernando Torres behind, whilst also leaving out Chelsea’s ever-fighting Diego Costa. They will instead take the experienced Aduriz, who is now 35 years-of-age, and for me, they are likely to be eliminated in the first knock-out round.
If Spain come runners-up in their group, they will take on my pick of the tournament Belgium, and that could be the end of their bid to win back-to-back-to-back Euro tournaments.
Who are your picks for the tournament?