The 2016 UEFA European Championship will be the 15th edition of the tournament. It is scheduled to be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Spain are two-time defending champions. For the first time, the Euro will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996. Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final. In order to minimise the waiting period for the Euro 2016, we proudly present you the odds for the group stages, especially betting odds with a value profit for some exciting matches.
Group A – Host France are the favourites and have a value profit in their odds
Group A features the hosts France, Switzerland, Romania and Albania. France go into this group with a sigh of relief knowing that they are undefeated against these three teams in major tournaments, with a combined record of eight wins and six draws. The French team have won the Euro twice: in 1984 and 2000. They will face Romania in their opening match and if Romania can secure a surprise victory, the bookmakers will pay out their maximum odds with a value profit of 15.41%. As France are the favourites to win this match, you would not get great odds for a simple winning bet, but the bookmakers will give you a value profit of 4.82% with a -1 handicap. If Switzerland can spring a surprise and beat the French team, an interesting value profit of 10.12% can be achieved.
Group B – Slovakia versus Russia offers a good value profit bet
England, Russia, Wales and Slovakia are part of Group B. This group offers opportunities for everyone. Slovakia are probably the minnows in this pool, however, progress should be possible for them, too. If they can beat favourites Russia, the bookmakers will pay out a value profit of 8.81% for the best odds. The most eye-catching game is England’s meeting with Wales in Lens on June 16 as it will be the first time the neighbours meet in a major tournament. The Three Lions are the favourites in each of their three group matches.
Group C – World Cup winners Germany are the favourites to top the group, Ukraine and Poland have two interesting value profit bets
Group C includes current world champions Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine. Yet if the World Cup winners tend to be immune to shocks, Poland exacted a surprise defeat on them in the qualification phase. Both progressed to France and their reunion adds fascination to this pool. The bookmakers will give the bettors a value profit of 7.13% in the best odds for a Poland victory over Germany and 4.65% for a Ukraine win against Poland. If Northern Ireland can achieve a suprise victory against Ukraine, the brave bettor will receive a value profit of 9.30%.
Without any doubt, Group D is considered the toughest of the six groups, with all four sides currently within the top 30 of the Fifa world rankings. Spain have won the tournament in 2008 and 2012 and Del Bosque’s side are the number one choice to advance to the knockout round as group winners. The other three nations are all capable of finishing in second place. Croatia have a lot of individual quality in their squad and if the Czech Republic can beat them, a high value profit of 18.35% in the maximum odds awaits the bettor. Turkey are the dark horses in this pool and a win against Spain promise a huge value profit of 19.97% in the best odds.
The so-called “group of death” consists of Ireland, Sweden, Belgium and Italy. Belgium may appear weakened by the absence of Vincent Kompany due to injury, but they have strength in depth in their squad. If Ireland can beat Belgium, the bookmakers will give the bettors a value profit of 9.56% in the best odds. More interesting value profits are 10.51% for a Sweden surprise victory over Italy, 5.04% for a Ireland win against Sweden and 4.68% for a Italy victory over Belgium.
Group F features Austria, Hungary, Portugal and Iceland. Iceland’s rise in recent years is one of the best football stories even though they are the dark horses in this group. A value profit of 15.37% is waiting for the bettors if Iceland can beat favourites Portugal with their star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Two-digit value profits are also waiting for those who bet on Austria to win against their neighbours Hungary (10.72%) and against Portugal (10.92%). It is quiet interesting to see that the winners of Group F will be handed a potentially tricky tie against the side who tops Group E. Curiously, the runners-up may receive a theoretically easier last-16 tie against the runners-up of Group B.