It is the question on everyone's lips as the anticipation to the summer grows and grows. Who will win the Euro 2016? Fans and punters alike will be asking themselves ahead of the summer tournament, which starts on June 10th, 2016. If recent history is anything to go by then you are going to be looking at Spain who have won it for the past two editions. But seeing them stretch that out to three in a row, particularly after their horrendous showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup may be a bridge too far even for the mighty Reds.
Who will win Euro 2016? Winner Odds before the tournament (at Bet365)
Euro 2016 Winner Odds
Last Update for the odds above: July 8th 2016
(Expertise below done before the start of the tournament:)
Spain 11/2 Euro 2016 Winner Odds
Spain have fallen off their pedestal a little bit and perhaps are there for the taking more so than ever. However, that having been said, many had written them off before Euro 2012 and look what happened there. They adapted, changed their style to slow things down a bit and then exploded in the final, trouncing Italy 4-0 in one of their famous, out-of-this world performances. So can Vicente del Bosque's men get it right at France 2016? They are running as 11/2 third favourites in the outright winner market so the bookmakers expect them to be in with a chance.
They seemed to be back at their efficient best in qualification, winning nine of their ten games played and conceded just three goals on their way to topping their group with consummate ease. The only slip up they suffered was in a 2-1 loss at Slovakia. What Spain have that they didn't have at the last World Cup, is a striker. No, not Diego Costa, but Paco Alcacer and the Valencia forward has impressed in his chances for the national side scoring six goals in eleven appearances for La Furia Roja at the time of writing. That makes Spain, with their ball retention, dangerous.
Germany 10/3 Euro 2016 Winner Odds
Germany had their hiccups through qualifying which may deter punters from them at Euro 2016. The Germans posted a W7 D1 L2 record in their qualifying campaign, getting beaten by Poland and the Republic of Ireland along the way. Their defence didn't look as solid perhaps as some of the other main contenders heading to Euro 2016 and that is something which may come back to haunt them. They are the reigning World Champions though, but since lifting the trophy at the World Cup 2014, the Germans had to got through a phase of transition and they aren't quite back at the level that they were two years ago. Have all the ability to get close, particularly with the likes of Thomas Muller in the side, but ultimately may be let down at the back.
France 10/3 Euro 2016 Winner Odds
It is always just that little bit extra hard to get a read on a host nation of a major tournament. That is because there is the disadvantage of them not having played competitive football over the past couple of years like the rest of the tournament attendees have done, having gone through the qualification process. So what do you say about the French from the friendly results which they have posted over the last year or so? Impressive would probably be the word. They are looking like a very well-drilled and combative team with touches of brilliance in it such as the midfield engine of Paul Pogba and they aren't short of firepower with Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud. They have a top keeper in Hugo Lloris. Do they have the mentality there to get them all the way though?
England 17/2 Euro 2016 Winner Odds
It was a perfect ten for England in Euro 2016 qualification but will any of that mean anything when they head to France 2016? No. Right off the bat they have a tough opening match against Russia and then have to try and keep their mental focus about them in a home-nations clash against Wales later on in the group. Yes, the Three Lions should get out of the group stage without too many worries but even the presence of Slovakia, who qualified behind Spain and ahead of the Ukraine perhaps means that it isn't going to be a stroll in the park for England. They are a side who never quite hit the level of expectations around them, but have a well balanced squad with plenty of youth in it like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli and should be a solid quarter final side. But can they lift the European Championship title for the first time?
Prediction who will win Euro 2016
France do look some great value, cheered on by the massive home support. Here's the thing with them. They won the event the last time it was hosted on home soil, which was back in 1984. They won it sixteen years later at Euro 2000 and now this time around it is sixteen years on again from that success and on home soil. There may be something in that. They produced some hit and miss performances through 2015 in international friendly matches but got better as the year went on and they beat Germany comfortably 2-0 last November in Saint-Denis. Home support, a comfortable draw in the group stage. They could well pull it off again in their own back yard.