Germany & France 3/1 joint favourites to win Euro 2016



Hosts France have been favourites to win the competition since it began, however they haven't had things all their own way, going behind to the Republic of Ireland in their last outing before fighting back from the second-minute penalty to win 2-1.

Les Bleus certainly improved after the interval in that outing with Antoine Griezmann hauling the side level with a powerful header and following this with another on the hour mark.

France may have been far from convincing in the opening 45 minutes, however the bookies are still optimistic about their chances of winning Euro 2016 with Paddy Power going 3/1 that they triumph in another major competition on home soil. Indeed, they will be confident of sweeping past an Iceland side who caused a shock of massive proportions by knocking England out of the tournament. Following that shock result, Iceland are priced at 40/1 to win Euro 2016.

Joining France at 3/1 are world champions Germany who will be in high spirits following their 3-0 hammering of Slovakia in their last-sixteen outing. Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler all got onto the scoresheet in that game and the scoreline could have been even bigger for the Germans but for the failure of Mesut Ozil to convert a penalty.

Joachim Low's men will have a hard task to overcome an Italy side which knocked out reigning champions Spain in what was an excellent performance, Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle scoring the Azzurri's two goals. As such, the bookies have slashed the odds on Italy winning the competition to as low as 6/1, the side being as long as 18/1 at the start of the competition.

Belgium are third favourites at 4/1 following their emphatic win over Hungary in the last round. This sets them up with a tricky clash with 25/1 shots Wales who eased past Northern Ireland in the last-sixteen.

Portugal had a difficult task finding a way past Croatia, however they will have an even harder time of things when they face Poland later this week. Portugal are 7/1 while Poland are way behind at 18/1.

 

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