Who are the Euro 2016 Favourites Now?
With eight teams left and seven games to go let’s have a look at who the favourites are to win Euro 2016.
Despite struggling to beat Romania and Albania, drawing with Switzerland and then having to come from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland, France remain the favourites, albeit narrowly. The hosts are yet to score a single goal in the first half so far at this tournament and have even trailed for longer than they led.
We’re not convinced Didier Deschamps’ side deserve this honour of being the favourites and provided they beat Iceland in the quarter-finals we’re sure they will be eliminated by Germany or Italy in the semi-finals. Your money is better spent somewhere like Royal Vegas Casino than on the French.
Some bookmakers have Germany joint-favourites with France at 3/1, others have them at a longer 7/2. The world champions have dominated every game and we believe they deserve to be the bookmakers’ favourites. They’re certainly the favourites in our mind. The side is packed with talent all over the pitch – Thomas Mueller, Mesut Oezil, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Sami Khedira, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer – even their bench has more talent than what starting XIs have had in this tournament!
Yet to concede a goal and have created more chances than any other nation – Joachim Loew’s side are going to beat Italy in the quarter-finals and then embarrass the French the semis.
Belgium have responded well to losing their opening game 2-0 and Marc Wilmots’ side’s odds are shrinking because of their favourable run to the final. Wales in the quarters and then either Portugal or Poland in the semis – still not a gimme for the Red Devils by any means and you wouldn’t even get a great trade now by backing them and cashing out if they make the final two.
Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne have been excellent but can they rely on Romelu Lukaku to score goals in big occasions? Is Dries Mertens better than his German counterparts? And if the protection from the midfield good enough to keep out talented opposition? We even have doubts over the manager’s tactical abilities!
For us, the winner in the quarter-final between Italy and Germany will go on to win the tournament. Whilst we do think Germany will win that match to nil, Italy are still the fourth favourites because they’re better than any of the other six teams left. A better draw and they’d have progressed further.
A solid back four but one that Barcelnoa turned inside-out 12 months ago in the Champions League final – wait and see what the Germans will do to it. They’re missing some key players in midfield too and Antonio Conte’s side also have very little threat going forward.