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Euro 2016 outright betting tips – Germany poised for another tournament masterclass

Jamie Shaw 26 May 2016
Germany's defender Jonas Hector celebrates scoring with team-mates (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Germany appear well-placed to underline themselves as the dominant force in international football by claiming a fourth European Championship title this summer.

Die Mannschaft are aiming to follow in the footsteps of current holders Spain by following up a World Cup win with a Euro triumph two years later.

Joachim Löw once again has an embarrassment of quality at his disposal with the fierce competition for places likely to bring out the best in his star-studded squad, just as it did in Brazil in 2014.

Germany are hot on the heels of hosts France (7/2 with Paddy Power) as best-priced 4/1 (Ladbrokes) second favourites and look to have a relatively straightforward path to the latter stages.

The three-time European Champions are aiming to mark the 20-year anniversary of their last triumph, but will need to raise their game considerably from an indifferent qualifying campaign.

Germany struggled to adapt to life without retired defensive stalwarts Philipp Lahm and Per Mertesacker at the beginning of the campaign, suffering defeat to Poland and drawing with Ireland, but went on to progress in top spot with just a one point cushion.

Those frailties surfaced again when they squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat to England on home soil in March, but lessons will surely have been learned not to allow such complacency to creep in this summer.

Germany will be out for revenge over neighbours Poland in a group which also contains Ukraine and Northern Ireland and should comfortably advance in top spot to a potential last 16 meeting with the best third place team from Groups A, B or F.

Belgium's first team squad during qualifying (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Mario Gomez has a proven record at international record, having scored 26 goals in 62 appearances for Germany, and the vastly experienced 30-year-old looks to offer good outside value at 33/1 (Betway) to land the golden boot.

Belgium's emergence as a potential powerhouse of international football has yet to come to fruition, so could this be the year in which their star-studded squad stands up to be counted?

Marc Wilmots will be without captain Vincent Kompany for the tournament but will be looking to the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Toby Alderweireld to realise their potential on the international stage after string domestic campaigns.

Should Belgium replicate their impressive qualifying form and finally gel together as a unit, they are difficult to ignore as an each-way bet at best odds of 11/1 (William Hill).

England are another side with a point to prove following their dismal World Cup display but have laid the foundations for a strong run on French soil with ten wins from ten in qualifying and victory over Germany away from home this year. 

Roy Hodgson leads his young lions into battle with a renewed sense of optimism and with little standing in the way of run to at least the Semi-Finals, just as they did two decades ago.

Granted, England have fallen from grace from this position before, but current form and the strength in-depth of the squad makes it difficult to argue against them topping a favourable group which also incorporates Russia, Slovakia and Wales.

Progressing as Group B winners would lead to a second round meeting with a third place finishing side, before a potential Quarter-Finals show-down with a fading Portugal side heavily dependent on a fit and firing Ronaldo.

If all goes to form, the Semi-Finals would likely present England with a clash against either France or Spain - whose superior tournament calibre and dominant head-to-head records - could prove a bridge too far for Roy's boys.

If we've learned one thing this season, it's to never write off an underdog, and there promises to be some fascinating sub-plots in what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting European Championships in recent history.

Recommended bets:

Germany outright @ 4/1 with Ladbrokes

Belgium each-way @ 11/1 with William Hill

Mario Gomez top goalscorer @ 33/1 with Betway

England to be eliminated in the Semi-Finals @ 5/1 with Skybet


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