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Euro 2016 tournament finals draw and pots – December 12 a date for your diary

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A look at the Euro 2016 finalists and seedings ahead of the group stage draw on Saturday 12 December at 17:00 GMT from Paris live on the BBC

England are among the top seeds for the Euro 2016 tournament finals draw, which will be broadcast live on BBC2 on Saturday 12 December with a scheduled start time of 17:00 GMT from the Palais des congres de Paris in the French capital.

Joined by the hosts, reigning European champions Spain and World Cup winners Germany, the Three Lions will also avoid Portugal and dark horses Belgium, who are top of the FIFA Rankings, in the group stage.

Fernando Santos’ Navigators led by Cristiano Ronaldo apart, Pot 1 contains all the outright betting market leaders for Euro 2016. Die Mannschaft, still under long-serving Joachim Low, and France are best-priced 7/2 joint-favourites with Coral to lift the trophy.

Close behind are holders Spain at top odds of 6/1 with Ladbrokes, followed by the brilliant Belgians at an awesome 11/1 with Sky Bet and Roy Hodgson’s men at 12/1 with Paddy Power.

Pot 2 contains Euro 2012 runners-up Italy (16/1 shots with bet365 to go one better this time round), plus fellow top 10 ranked teams Russia and Switzerland, who England did the double over during qualifying.

Ukraine and Croatia complete this second set of six alongside Austria, inspired to the finals by Bayern Munich set-piece maestro David Alaba. They would represent the easiest draw for Hodgson on paper, with the Azzurri (5/1 with Sky Bet to be in the same group as England), Blazers and Ukrainians all causing the Three Lions problems previously.

A couple of dangerous strikers lead the attacks of two nations assigned to Pot 3 in Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) and Robert Lewandowski (Poland). Romania, meanwhile, boasted the best defensive record in qualifying, but the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia all seem somewhat short in attack compared with their best vintages.

There is a 50-50 chance the Three Lions will face another British Isles outfit, as Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are all in Pot 4. Sky Bet offer respective 5/1 specials that England draw one of their near neighbours. Chris Coleman’s Dragons are a tasty 3/1 with the same bookmaker to reach the quarter-finals with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey expected to step up.

Should Hodgson avoid a Home Nations or Celtic clash, then it’ll be either first-time qualifiers Albania or Iceland, or Turkey that complete their pool.

Euro 2016 pots

Pot 1
France (hosts, automatically place in Group A position 1)
Spain
Germany
England
Portugal
Belgium

Pot 2
Italy
Russia
Switzerland
Austria
Croatia
Ukraine

Pot 3
Czech Republic
Sweden
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Hungary

Pot 4
Turkey
Republic of Ireland
Iceland
Wales
Albania
Northern Ireland

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