In one month, the top 24 footballing nations in Europe will converge in France for the best international tournament not called the World Cup. We’ve already taken a look at the odds to win the entire thing outright as well as the top goalscorer odds board, so now it’s time we take a closer look at the odds to win each group.
This is the first time in the history of the tournament that there will be 24 teams, so now we’re looking at six groups consisting of four teams apiece.
Sure you’ve got sides like Germany and the host-nation France as lofty faves in their respective groups, but there is value to be had in some of the groups. Of course, we'll know a lot more later in the week as squads will be announced, so be sure to check back for any updates.
Without further ado, here’s a glimpse at how the groups shape up.
France is the heaviest fave to win any of the groups and is currently being offered at -275 at online shop Bet365. Les Bleus has won Euro twice in the past (1984, 2000) and, on paper at least, looks poised to make a deep run on home soil.
The team boasts an insane amount of all-world talent all over the pitch and you can expect names like Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema to feature prominently in the side come June.
There doesn’t look to be a ton of competition in the group, though Switzerland features a bit of quality in their own right.
All eyes will be on England as the team transitions from the Stevie Gerrard/Frank Lampard era to the Dele Alli/Harry Kane era.
Manager Roy Hodgson certainly has a slew of talent to pick from as players like Jamie Vardy, Eric Dier and even keeper Jack Butland had breakout seasons in the league in 2015-16.
The Three Lions are currently being offered at -120 to win the group, but they could face a bit of test from the likes of Russia and even Wales, who could feature stars like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
The Germans, the 2014 World Cup Winners, have won Euro three times in the past but the last came in 1996, so this generation of German talent will look to add another trophy.
The Germans won Group A in Euro 2012 and they look poised to do the same here in Group C in France. The Poland fixture has the potential to be an exciting one, but don’t expect much from Ukraine or Northern Ireland.
Bet365 has the Germans as co-favorites with France (+333) to win the tourney and like the French, boast talent and depth at all positions. Die Mannschaft oozed quality at the World Cup in Brazil and there’s no reason we shouldn’t see a similar display in France.
After winning the 2010 World Cup and following that up with a win at Euro 2012, Spain has seen a bit of a dip in their results but they’ll look to remedy that this summer.
So poor were they in the 2014 World Cup that Spain didn’t even advance past the groups stage. Their group in France is not to be taken lightly, however, and there be could be cause for concern as the likes of Croatia and Turkey will look to strike.
Croatia in particular is an interesting side and will field a dangerous XI that should feature the likes of Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, Mario Mandžukić and Mateo Kovačić.
If you’re looking for an upset special, this could be a group to study closely.
Folks have been waiting for Belgium to make some noise on the international stage for a minute as the country is experiencing a bit of a "golden generation" in its football and after a quarter-final showing at the World Cup in 2014, this could the year we see the Red Devils make a leap.
Premier League fans will recognize the majority of the starting XI as most of the side plies their trade in England. The Tottenham Hotspur center back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld figures to be one of the best on display this summer.
The quality in this side does not begin and end there, however, as goalscoring and sublime playmaking will come from the likes of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
The Italians normally fare quite well on the international stage and should not be counted out here, despite a lack of star quality leading the forward line.
The clock is ticking on Cristiano Ronaldo adding major international silverware to his trophy case but Portugal may find things at Euro 2016 quite tricky.
Portugal had a strong showing in 2012 as they advanced to the semifinals but escaping a tough group that features the likes of Austria and qualification-darlings Iceland will be no easy task.
Group F could be another one to watch closely for upsets on a game in, game out basis but Ronaldo has the type of skill and talent to will this Portuguese side to make a deep run on his own.