Euro 2016 Betting: Tips and Predictions

Outright winner: France 3/1

The hosts of the 2016 European Championship are pre-tournament favourites to lift the trophy, priced at 3/1, and it’s no surprise as they have one of the strongest and most talented squads in the competition. France last won the Euros back in 2000, two years after they hosted and won the World Cup. Les Blues have won the last two major championships they’ve hosted, and the home support will be hoping to guide their team all the way to the final.

As hosts France didn’t compete in qualifying, but of the ten friendlies they played in that time they only lost one. They’ve also won eight of their last nine internationals, scoring 21 goals, and with star names such as Antione Griezman, Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet in their squad, France look like a force to be reckoned with.

You can back France to win the competition at 3/1.

Outside chance: Germany 7/2

Germany are second favourites to win the competition, and they will certainly be strong contenders to lift the trophy. A France v Germany final is looking very much a likely outcome.

Golden Boot: Olivier Giroud 14/1

Giroud had a prolific season with Arsenal during the 2015/16 campaign, netting 25 times for the Gunners. He also has 15 goals in 46 international appearances for France, including five in his last four starts.

The centre forward has often been out of favour with the French supporters, many of whom doubt his ability as a first-choice centre forward. His international form, especially in recent years, would suggest otherwise, and if Didier Deschamps opts to utilise Giroud as one of his front three then he has a good chance of walking away with the Golden Boot.

You can back Olivier Giroud to win the Golden Boot at 14/1.

Outside chance: Robert Lewandowski 16/1

The Poland striker was the top scorer in qualification with 13 goals in ten games, and if his side can make it to the latter stages of the competition he may well have a chance of winning the Golden Boot in the finals too.

UEFA Player of the Tournament: Blaise Matuidi 33/1

After missing the 2012 finals through injury, this will be Matuidi’s first European Championship appearance. The PSG player has developed into a hard-working natural leader for both club and country, working as a box-to-box midfielder with a keen eye for goal. He has eight goals in 43 international caps, and accumulated four goals and six assists in 31 league appearances for PSG last season. With his natural ability to both score and create goals, Matuidi is a decent bet for player of the tournament.

You can back Blaise Matuidi to win UEFA Player of the Tournament at 33/1.

Writer’s Wildcard: To reach quarter final – Austria 13/8 Austria qualified for the finals as winners of Group G, winning nine and drawing one of their ten games. They’ve scored in all of their last 23 internationals, losing on only one occasion during that period. There’s a good chance they’ll qualify from their group, as one of the best third-placed teams if not automatically, and with quality attacking players such as Marko Arnautovic and Marc Janko in their squad, they have every chance of making the last eight.

Back Austria to reach the quarter finals at 13/8.

Euro 2016 offers punters the opportunity to enjoy numerous betting opportunities instead of having to play pokies, which is a usual pass time when there is no football during the close season. Pokies Paradise commented that they expect a 30% drop in players as people choose to enjoy betting on the football, especially with every match televised.

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