UEFA Euro 2016 – Group Stage draw and Betting Odds

December 12, 2015 3:46 pm

The Day with big D, of course, is finally here as we are on few hours before the official beginning of the UEFA Euro 2016 group stage draw. 12th of December 2015 was the date scheduled by UEFA and the ceremony will be held at Palais des Congrès, a concert venue which was designed by The Frenchman Guillaume Gillet and we guess that his namesake and defender of RSC Anderlecht and Belgium is one from the really interested spectators tonight.

UEFA Euro 2016 – Draw and Seeding

Twenty four (24) teams and respectively nations are waiting for the final draw as The UEFA Euro 2016 will be the first ever European Championship which will take place with such a number, and with 6 groups. However, UEFA decided to make an expansion and now we have 24 sides and we’re sure that all of them are keen for lifting the cherished trophy… but as we know – “there can be only one”.

You can follow the draw live at Bettingtips365.net and be sure that you’ll receive the most convenient and reliable coverage of the ceremony, as well of the groups which are yet to be drawn. Here are all four pots with all six teams in each one of them.

Group A

Group B

Group C

France
Romania
Albania
Switzerland
England
Russia
Wales
Slovakia
Germany
Ukraine
Poland
Northern Ireland

Group D

Group E

Group F

Spain
Czech Republic
Turkey
Croatia
Belgium
Italy
Republic of Ireland
Sweden
Portugal
Iceland
Austria
Hungary

The UEFA Euro 2016 group stage will start on 10th of June 2016 when as tradition dictates hosts France will be involved in the opening game which is set to be played at “Stade de France” – same venue which will host The UEFA Euro 2016 Final match one month later – 10th of July 2016!

* Draw starts at 18:00 CET! Follow it live here
** Odds can be updated after the UEFA Euro 2016 group stage draw

Germany

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Only two years after the remarkable FIFA World Cup success, Germany hopes to win The UEFA European Championship trophy for the first time after Euro 1996 when “Die Mannschaft” did it in England and this was their third ever European Championship trophy. Now Germany are considered for the biggest favourite for most of the bookies and we believe that Joachim Löw’s selection is a really serious pretender to grab the trophy from Spain. Our partners from bet365 are offering odds from 5/1 (4.00) Germany to win the competition!

France

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Hosts from France are logically considered for one from the biggest favourites here, not only because they’re the host nation, though this is very serious advantage. Anyway, “Les Bleus” have one really solid roster and the squad led by Didier Deschamps is eager for their first competitive game since the quarterfinal defeat from France, at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Now the new generation of French players looks determined to repeat the accomplishment of the mighty French team from Euro 2000 when Didier Deschamps was in the squad as a player, as the midfielder was skipper of the French team and he’s surely motivated to live the same feeling 16 years later, this time as a coach. Our partners from BetAdonis are securing a great odd for France to win the UEFA Euro 2016 at home turf!

Spain

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“La Furia Roja” are the third most backed nation from the bookies as it seems that they’re giving advantage of Germany and France as the biggest pretenders for replacing Spain from the European throne. Spain lifted the trophy twice in a row as the victories from Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 are making the Iberian country one from the most successful teams in Europe. Spain also lifted the 2010 FIFA World Cup trophy which makes their accomplishment even more memorable and we believe that Vicente del Bosque’s men have a very good value for a possible tournament winner outright bet, although they were stunned in the last World Cup in Brazil. Spain proved that they shouldn’t be underestimated.

Belgium

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Belgium reached the finals of UEFA Euro 2016 as a Group B winner and surprisingly or not, “The Red Devils” are on their first European Championship finals in the 21st century! Their last appearance on UEFA EURO finals was at home turf when Belgium and the Netherlands were co-hosts of UEFA Euro 2000. This will be Belgium’s fifth ever appearance and after the impressive performance (quarterfinal reach) at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Marc Wilmots’ men are set to shine on the continental scene. We’re sure that Belgium hopes to improve the admirable efforts of the “Golden Generation”, as one from them is the lost final from West Germany at Euro 1980 in Italy.

England

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England is once again among the usual suspects but “The Three Lions” still can’t boast even with a final game in any of the previous tournaments, but however, Roy Hodgson’s men are among the top seeds. England achieved a marvelous result in Group E of the qualifying where they have a 100% win ratio – 30 points out of 30 and goal difference 31:3. This was the sixth time when some team managed to achieve such a record in the qualifiers and we believe that England’s confidence will be higher, so we recommend the 13/1 (12.00) odds suggested by William Hill as the best and highest available betting opportunity for all lovers of the English national team!

Italy

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UEFA Euro 2012 finalists from Italy are in pot 2 and “Gli Azzurri” will have to face against an opposition from pot one from the group phase. Antonio Conte and Italy are looking for their first European Championship gold since Euro 1968 and the suggested odds for Italian victory are pretty tempting. Our partners from 10Bet are proposing an outstanding value from 20/1 (19.00) for Italy to live the dream in France!

Portugal

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Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo surely deserves some credit and 12 years after the host competition and the lost final from Greece, we are sure that the European Championship dream still arouses some bad memories for all fans of “The Navigators”. Now Portugal targets to another UEFA EURO competition and the squad led by Fernando Santos will defend The Portuguese honour in their seventh European Championship participation. We have astonishingly high odds for a possible victory of Portugal and we believe that they deserve a special attention by the high value lovers.

Croatia

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Croatia can be found in pot 2 and as a Group H runner-up “The Blazers” are set for their fifth ever European Championship participation as an independent country. Ante Čačić replaced Niko Kovač as a head coach in the final weeks of the qualifying campaign and we believe that Croatia is one from the potential pitfalls for all big names in UEFA Euro 2016.

Austria

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That’s the first time when Austria made it to the European Championship through the qualifiers, since their previous participation was at the UEFA Euro 2008 finals when “Das Team” was a co-host with Switzerland. However, Austria impressed very much in the qualifiers where the Central European country was very close to level England’s record from 10 wins in 10 games – 9 wins and only 1 draw for the selection of Marcel Koller.

Poland

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Poland are on their third ever European Championship but remarkably, it’s their third in a row. Now “The White Eagles” are ready for their best ever effort as The Poles have never made it through the group stage. Poland reached the finals in France as a Group D (group of death we can say) runner-up and the co-hosts from Euro 2012 will be keen to achieve their first ever victory in the main stage, as Adam Nawalka can be delighted that he has player like Robert Lewandowski in the squad. Bayern München’s striker became the top scorer in the qualifiers with his 13 goals and he’ll be one of the biggest threats for all defenders at the upcoming Euro 2016 finals.

Wales

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One from the names under the spotlights is certainly of Wales – they’re one from the five debutants at the upcoming UEFA European Championship and “The Dragons” can be proud of their accomplishment. Despite the talks that Wales is based mostly on Gareth Bale’s efforts, we don’t think so and we urge all Welsh football lovers to place a stake on their team since the value is extremely generous. Our partners from William Hill offer the highest betting odds for Wales to lift the trophy in France and if you’re an adventure lover – this certainly worths.

Russia

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Russia is once again at the major European scene and this happened thankfully to a managerial rotation in the correct moment, as Leonid Slutsky replaced Fabio Capello after the very unconvincing qualifying campaign under Capello’s management. Now Russia will attend on its 11th European Championship (including the Soviet Union era and the trophy from Euro 1960) which makes the Group G runner-ups one from the most experienced nations here, as they are the second team in Pot 2. Not so far ago Russia reached the semi-finals (Euro 2008) and we believe that “Sbornaya” shouldn’t be underestimated as one from the potential hidden favourites.

Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic can be found in Pot 3 for the group stage draw but they’re one from the most experienced teams here too, as The Czechs are on their sixth successive European Championship. As a winners of Euro 1976 (as Czechoslovakia) and vice-champions in England (Euro 1996), Pavel Vrba’s men will have self-confidence which will help them to avoid any kind of pressure or hesitation.

Switzerland

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Switzerland missed the finals in Poland and Ukraine, but the co-hosts of Euro 2008 are back on the continental scene as a Group E runner-up. This will be their first competition after the Ottmar Hitzfeld era, and now the team is led by Vladimir Petković, so “La Nati” are keen for a serious breakthrough in their western neighbour – France. Switzerland has only 1 victory in their previous 3 UEFA EURO participations but we believe that the current squad of Swiss players is ready for something more.

Sweden

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Sweden and Zlatan Ibrahimović are ready for another battle as The Swedes had to play a play-off battle against their Scandinavian rivals Denmark. Obviously, Sweden won the decisive play-offs against the Euro 1992 winners – “The Danish Dynamite” and now Erik Hamrén are on fire for a trip on South.
“The Blågult” are on their fifth successive European Championship finals and they’re still waiting for the miracle. With player like Zlatan Ibrahimović in their roster, well, we surely think that even a minimal bet here worths!

Iceland

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One of the biggest surprises in the Euro 2016 qualifying is undoubtedly Iceland, perhaps the biggest, as the Northern European country reaches the European Championship finals for the very first time and the team is led by a duo between the experienced Swede Lars Lagerbäck & the Icelandic coach Heimir Hallgrímsson. Iceland were one from the first sides who have booked their tickets for France and they were one from the teams that were deeply involved in the elimination of the Euro 1988 winners – Netherlands.

Turkey

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Turkey were another team which was involved in the Dutch elimination – Turkey became the best placed third placed team and this qualified Fatih Terim’s men automatically for the finals in France. Indeed, Turkey shows improvement in every next European Championship they take part in, as The Turks will attend on their fourth ever UEFA EURO. Most of you surely remember the outstanding performance of The Turkish team at the 2008 European Championship finals when they were eliminated from Germany in in the semi-finals, after an absolute drama and a 2:3 defeat.

Ukraine

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Ukraine finally ended the playoff curse and this will be their second ever European Championship participation, but first one after attending in the qualifying campaign. Their previous one was in 2012 when Ukraine qualified for the tournament for the very first time but they were among the host nations – with Poland. Now Ukraine is even in Pot 2 and we believe that the Eastern European country has the potential to upset some of the big names, especially if they’re underestimated.

Republic of Ireland

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Republic of Ireland eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the play-offs and now “The Boys in Green” are once again at the European Championships. This will be their third ever competition and it comes after the three defeats at Euro 2012. However, we all know the Irish spirit and that their supporters are behind the team no matter from the results. That’s why we picked the best and highest betting odds for the Irish football community as a potential European champions – 101.00 (102/1) @ our partners from bet365!

Slovakia

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Slovakia are ready for an European Championship debut as an independent country and they have qualified for the finals in France as a Group C runner-ups. Ján Kozák’s men are surely one from the biggest underdogs in the competition but we will remind you that they were the only side that slipped Spain in the qualifying as they even won over the reigning champions – 2:1 victory in October 2014.

Romania

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Romania have secured their tickets for France as a Group F runner-ups and “The Tricolours” will attend at their fifth European Championship finals. They have only one win in their previous four championships but it came in the right moment – 3:2 win over England at the UEFA Euro 2000 finals where Romania were in the group of death, next to the teams of England, Germany and Portugal. Nevertheless, Romania led by Emerich Jenei won a point from Germany and with the win over England they’ve made it to the quarter-finals, where Romanian golden generation with names like Dan Petrescu, Gheorghe Popescu, Cosmin Contra, Dorinel Munteanu, Cristian Chivu and Gheorghe Hagi was stopped by Italy.

Hungary

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Hungary is back on the major European scene for the first time after Euro 1974. That’s actually Hungary’s third ever European Championship appearance as their previous were long time ago but they were marked with memorable results – 3rd place at UEFA Euro 1964 in Spain, followed by the fourth position in Belgium (1974). Now “The Magical Magyars” are heading to France after a playoff victory against Norway and it seems that the success is in their blood…

Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland makes their UEFA European Championship debut and the squad led by Michael O’Neill managed to win the first position in Group F of the qualifying. However, “Green and White Army” is considered for one from the biggest underdogs in the forthcoming French summer, but who knows…

Albania

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Albania is another debutant, not only on the European Championships, but this is also their first ever major football forum. “The Eagles” from Western Balkans are considered for the side with the most insignificant chance of winning the trophy but we all remember what happened at UEFA Euro 2004, when all the odds were against Greece…
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