Everything you need to know about Euro 2016

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If you are already suffering withdrawal symptoms following the climax of the domestic football season, have no fear as Euro 2016 is just around the corner. A full month of excitement, delight and despair (most likely the latter if you are an England supporter!) awaits as fans passionately get behind their country in expectation that this time, just maybe, it will be their turn to triumph - although if you are an England fan, you probably gave up any hope of them lifting a trophy again some time ago! The usual suspects will be there, well, with the exception of the Netherlands, who somehow failed to qualify, including Germany, Spain, Italy and hosts France, though this time we have the rare added extra of some ‘domestic’ rivalry as England are joined by Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. What, no Scotland?! So, put your feet up, have a cuppa and let us guide you through all you need to know about the tournament - and how you can get your hands on some cashback along the way.

 

Key Euro 2016 Dates

 

If you are sat there reading this wondering ‘when does Euro 2016 start’, don’t panic as we have all the key tournament dates covered. The whole thing kicks-off on Friday, June 10, when the host nation, France, take on Romania in the Stade de France.

 

Two of the three home nations who have qualified for the tournament get their campaigns under way the following day, with Wales taking on Slovakia in Bordeaux (5pm - all times in GMT) and England facing Russia in Marseille (8pm).

 

Northern Ireland face Poland in their first Group C encounter in Nice (5pm) on June 12, while the Republic of Ireland have their first outing against Sweden in the Stade de France on the 13th (kick-off 5pm).

 

Thursday, June 16th sees England take on Wales their second Group B clash, with the fixture in Lens kicking off at 2pm, while their final group games take place between June 19th and June 22nd.

 

Of the 24 teams taking part in the group stages, 16 will make it through to the knockout stages - the six group winners and runners-up, plus the four best third-placed teams from the six groups.

 

The last 16 games take place from June 25-27. If England win their group, they will face one of the third-placed teams, while if they finish second, they will come up against the team finishing second in Group F, which features Portugal, Iceland, Austria and Hungary. If their group phase is somewhat of a disaster, meanwhile, and they qualify as one of the best third-placed teams, they could find themselves facing Spain or Germany.

 

The quarter-finals take place between June 30th and July 3rd and the semi-finals are on July 6th and 7th, while the tournament culminates with the Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France on Sunday, July 10th, kick-off 8pm.

 

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Euro 2016 Groups

 

As is usually the case with the Championships, especially this time around with 24 teams split into six groups, the powerhouses of European football have, largely, been kept apart, though there are plenty of intriguing group matches.

 

The toughest group looks to be Group E, which is bad news for the Republic of Ireland as they are joined by Belgium, Italy and Sweden, meaning they will face a tough task to get through to the knockout stages.

 

Northern Ireland are in Group C with 2014 World Cup winners Germany, as well as Ukraine and Poland, while Wales and England take on Russia and Slovakia in Group B.

 

Other than Romania, hosts France face Albania and Switzerland in Group A, defending champions Spain take on the Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia in Group D, while Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates tackle Iceland, Austria and Hungary in Group F.

 

England’s Euro 2016 Fixtures

 

As already mentioned, England begin their campaign for a first-ever European Championships victory on the second day of the tournament against Russia, then face Wales on June 16th.

 

Their final group game, meanwhile, is against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne on Monday, June 20th, kick-off 8pm. England’s clash with Wales will be shown live on the BBC, while their other two Group B fixtures will be on ITV.

 

After that, their progress, if they get out of the group that is, gets a little more complicated. Let’s be honest, they should win the group, in which case they will play their last-16 game against a third-placed team from either Group A, C or D in Paris on Saturday, June 25th, kick-off 5pm.

 

Should they finish second in the group, they will travel to Nice to face the runners-up in Group F on Monday, June 27th, kick-off 8pm, while if they scrape through as one of the best third-placed teams, they will either travel to Lens to take on the Group D winners on Saturday, June 25th (8pm) or to Lille a day later and face the team which topped Group C, kick-off 5pm.

 

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Euro 2016 Qualifying

 

England sailed through the qualifying stage and were the only one of the 45 teams battling for a place in Euro 2016 who won all of their games on their way to reaching France, scoring 31 goals and conceding just three in 10 matches against Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino.

 

The other unbeaten teams in qualifying were Romania, Austria and Italy, though Romania drew five of their 10 matches in finishing runners-up to Northern Ireland.

 

Wales lost just once in finishing just two points behind group winners Belgium, Northern Ireland topped Group F, finishing a point ahead of Romania, while the Republic of Ireland were third behind Germany and Poland and had to defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina in a two-leg play-off to book their place in France.

 

The only one of the home nations to miss out, Scotland, finished fourth behind the Republic of Ireland in Group D, while the biggest casualties of qualifying, without doubt, were the Netherlands - the 2010 World Cup runners-up and 1988 European Champions finishing fourth in their group behind the Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.

 

Euro 2016 Odds

 

When it comes to who are the favourites to win the tournament, hosts France and World Cup holders Germany head the field at around 3-1, followed by Spain, England, Belgium, Italy and Portugal.

 

Of the other home nations, you can get between 66-1 and 80-1 on Wales to lift the trophy, but Northern Ireland are 250-1 to 500-1 outsiders. The Republic of Ireland, meanwhile, are around 100-1 to 150-1 shots.

 

England are odds on to win their group, with Wales third favourites behind Russia in Group B. The Republic are rank outsiders (around 10-1) to win Group E behind Belgium, Italy and Sweden, while you can get 33-1 on Northern Ireland overcoming Germany, Poland and Ukraine and winning Group C.

 

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany’s Thomas Muller head the leading goalscorer market, followed by France’s Antoine Griezmann and England’s Harry Kane, while you can bet on everything from the highest scoring team and player of the tournament to the lowest scoring group and the total number of hat-tricks.


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Posted on 10 Jun 2016  |  Posted in  Tips & Updates
Comments
jamieleesis
Good luck to all the home nations!
  15 Jun 16 - 09:25

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