Euro 2016: Can Spain Win the Third Consecutive Title?

Euro 2016: Can Spain Win the Third Consecutive Title?

Euro 2016 will kick off on June 10, when host nation France will face Romania in the opening match of the tournament. Spain will be seeking a historic third consecutive triumph, an achievement that no team has ever reached before. Despite having won the last two editions of the tournament, Spain are not the top favorites this time, at least according to the bookmakers. We recommend before placing any bets to check your book makers reputation at LCB.

Spain goalscorer Francesc Fabregas celebrates with team-mate David Silva 20120610_640_360

Most bookies are backing France to win the tournament, perhaps basing their decision on the advantage that Didier Deschamps and his men will have as a host nation. If you agree with that assumption, then you should know that the best odds for France to win the tournament can be found at PaddyPower and Betfair Sportsbook: 7/2.

Reigning world champions Germany are also considered top contenders for the title by most bookmakers, following their impressive performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. However, the Germans did lose 2 games out of 10 during the qualifying campaign, showing weaknesses that could be decisive in the final tournament. The best odds on Germany to win Euro 2016 can be found at Coral: 4/1.

Defending champions Spain have gone through a transition phase after the disappointing performance at the 2014 World Cup. They have suffered a surprise defeat in the qualifying group, 2-1 in Slovakia, but they recovered well and won the following eight matches to finish top of their group. Veteran head coach Vicente del Bosque decided to go at the final tournament without big-name players like Diego Costa and Fernando Torres, but called up young players like Saul Niguez and Lucas Vazques. That was a bold choice but it could pay off as the energy of those youngsters could be exactly what Spain needed. The best odds on Andres Iniesta and company to win the tournament are at Bet365: 11/2.

England has their own hopes of winning the first ever European Championship after having achieved a perfect qualifying campaign. They are the only team in Europe that has won all the qualifying matches, finishing with a perfect record of 10 wins, 31 goals scored and just 3 conceded. Leicester City’s shocking Premier League triumph has also left a mark in the England squad as Roy Hodgson has decided to call up striker Jamie Vardy and midfielder Danny Drinkwater for the final tournament. England are 17/2 at Bet365 to win Euro 2016, those odds could lead to some good profits for the punters.

Belgium is the dark horses of the tournament; they have great players but they can’t be top favorites due to their lack of glorious achievements in final tournaments. They are 12/1 at NetBet to win Euro 2016, pretty good odds considering the amount of quality players that they have. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku will be looking to shine in attack, while Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois will surely be one of the best goalkeepers in the tournament.

The weakest teams in the tournament according to the bookmakers are Northern Ireland and Albania, both surprising qualifiers. These two teams will most likely struggle to get past the group stage, but if they can pull off a miracle they could make some punters rich as the odds for either of them to win the tournament are 500/1 at UniBet.

A final mention for Portugal, the team that will be led by Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best football players in the world. They are 22/1 at 888sport to win the tournament, an achievement that will be far from impossible if the Real Madrid star hits a good period of form.