The Euro2016 will feature 24 teams that are divided into 6 groups- A through F. Until this year 16 teams participated in the European Championships, and 16 teams will progress to the knock-out stage, including the first and second team from each group and the four best ranked third teams. We will take a look at the groups and the teams that are most likely to come on top of each group. And here’s another suggestion. Take a look at this mobile guide if in addition to soccer you also enjoy playing casino games on your mobile.
Group A – France
In Group A we have the host nation, France and Romania, Albania and Switzerland. Not only will the French have the home ground advantage, but they are also one of the favorites for winning the Championship altogether. Therefore, we consider France to be a clear favorite for winning Group A. However, one must not forget about Switzerland, led by 24 year old Shaqiri. The Swiss are a team that might cause an upset, although they usually struggle against major teams such as France. If the French players manage to get over their personal rows and misunderstandings, they should really be able to win all the matches in Group A, as both Albania and Romania lack the quality to pose a real threat.
Group B – England
In Group B we have two British teams- England and Wales and Slovakia and Russia. The English haven’t had a major success since the World Cup in 1966, and despite the fact that this is a very talented generation, led by manager Roy Hodgson, there are still doubts if they have what it takes to become European Champions. However, we believe that England possesses enough quality to be on top of Group B. The Russians and the Slovakians might cause an upset, but that is not likely to happen. We predict England on top, with Wales coming second. The Russians have a fair chance of qualifying further as one of the four top ranked third teams.
Group C- Germany
A lot of soccer connoisseurs claim that it is pretty straightforward to predict the winner of Group C. And we tend to agree. When you have the team that is a World Champion and an ultimate favorite to win the Euro2016 it is pretty obvious that one would expect it to win its group as well. The only difficult match for the Germans will be the one with Poland who won against them in the qualifications stage. The Polish led by goal getter Robert Lewandowski will make it through as second or one of the best third teams. Ukraine is a team to look out for, with players such as Konoplyanka and Yaromolenko, Ukraine may even challenge Poland for the second place in Group C. Northern Ireland, it seems, doesn’t stand a chance here.
Group D- Spain
In Group D we have the European Champions of 2008 and 2012- Spain, together with Croatia, Turkey and Czech Republic. Despite the fact that the Spaniards aren’t the team they used to be, we predict that they will be the winners of Group D. This group may turn out to be a very difficult one, though. Croatia, led by Modric, Rakitic and Mandzukic may surely hope to finish second, if not even cause an upset. Czech Republic and Turkey were in the same qualifications group and they managed to eliminate the Netherlands. Nevertheless, these two teams have very little chances of winning one of the two spots, although with a bit of luck, one of them may end up progressing to the knock-out stage as best third team.
Group E- Belgium
Group E has the fiercest competition for the first place, since both Italy and Belgium are in it and so are Sweden and Republic of Ireland. Belgium is the favorite and at this point, this small nation is ranked 1st in FIFA’s rankings. Led by de Bruyne and Hazard, the Belgians will try and beat Italy to the first place in Group E. And we think they will succeed. However, the Italians can always cause an upset, since they have a tremendous amount of experience on major competitions. The Irish and the Swedes led by Ibrahimovic, are probably aware that they don’t stand a chance of winning a group, but one of these teams may get to the next stage.
Group F- Portugal
According to many Group F is the easiest group, with Portugal as obvious favorite, Austria, Hungary and Iceland. It is probably safe to say that it is very unlikely for Hungary and Iceland to progress to the next stage, even as one of the best four third teams. Austria, on the other hand, should be able to finish second and possibly even hope to cause an upset and eliminate the Portuguese, who hope that Cristiano Ronaldo, the most paid soccer player in the world, might lead them to a European title.
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