With Euro 2016 just months away, which country will take the crown? Bookies.com preview a range of excellent, outside- the-box, odds
So, automatic qualifying for Euro 2016 is complete and, despite some surprises, a host of the usual suspects have booked plane tickets to the finals in France.
Looking ahead to bring punters the best bets for next summer’s spectacular, it is worth taking a step back from obvious favourites such as Spain and Germany, to run the rule over other teams that could prove tantalising tips. Here are our fancied three nations complete with fantastic odds…
The Belgians are brilliant value at 10/1 with bet365 to lift the coveted continental trophy, and there are an abundance of excellent reasons to back the dangerous Red Devils, who are now top of the world FIFA rankings.
Marc Wilmots’ men sailed through their qualifying campaign to top Group B, with just one stumble in 10 scuffles. However, it is Belgium’s brilliant goal difference which sets them apart.
Of course, there are the obvious star names such as dazzling Kevin De Bruyne, bullish Christian Benteke and excellent Eden Hazard, though midfield grafters such as Marouane Fellaini and Radja Nainggolan have also been chipping in with their fair share of strikes.
Having also conceded just five goals on the road to France, with Premier League regulars such as Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Kompany featuring in their robust rearguard, Belgium appear the complete package.
As any football fan knows, never underestimate the Italians. Even in their darkest hour back in 2006, the unfancied Azzurri rose from the ashes to snatch a fourth World Cup.
Having finished runners-up in the last European Championship, Antonio Conte’s men are exceptional at a best market 17/1 to go one better this time with 888.com.
Also group victors, Italy were unbeaten in qualifying and boast an enticing mix of experience and youth. Evergreen superstars Andrea Pirlo and Giorgio Chiellini still have plenty in the tank for a final push, with promising talents such as Stephan El Shaarawy and Marco Verratti waiting in the wings.
Generously offered at 66/1 by Sky Bet for victory in France, Euro 2012 hosts Poland have been impressive in their preparations for next summer.
With a superb striker pairing in ruthless Robert Lewandowski and exciting Arkadiusz Milik that could match any country across the continent, the White Eagles will not be short in attack.
Complemented by the likes of sturdy Torino centre half Kamil Glik, tenacious and tidy midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and flying full back Lukasz Piszczek, the Poles have plenty of potential. The fact that Jakub Blaszczykowski began on the bench last time illustrates their deadly depth.
Betting tip: Belgium @ 10/1 with bet365 to win Euro 2016