It has been 20 years since Germany last won a European championship and they are deservedly a heavy favorite to win Group C. Standing in their way is Poland, Ukraine and Northern Ireland, but it looks likely that those three will be duking it out for second place.
Germany’s core group which won that World Cup in Brazil two years ago will return to cement back-to-back major trophies in France and do what they can to prevent Spain from winning a ridiculous third-straight Euro trophy.
We take a look at the odds to win Group C at Euro 2016 with odds coming from online shop Bodog.
The Germans have won three European championships (tied for most with Spain) and look like an extremely good bet to win their fourth this summer. The competition in Group C does not pose a massive threat, though Poland should provide the biggest hurdle in the group stage.
Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Co. are all back for more hardware, though the side just eked out a group win in the qualifying stages.
Germany finished qualifying with 22 points – just one ahead of Poland – but, perhaps alarmingly, conceded nine goals in their 10 games.
Müller continued to be a force in front of goal as he paced Die Mannschaft with nine goals during the qualification stages and will look to assert himself as a big-game player after finishing second in World Cup 2014 with five goals.
If anyone other than Germany is going to win Group C, it’s going to be Poland. A tall order, sure, but Poland was exceptional in qualifying as it finished just one point behind the Germans in the qualifying stage.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was the top goalscorer among all nations in the qualifying round, tallying 13 goals when the dust settled and The White Eagles had their tickets punched to France.
Poland has never advanced out of the group stage in two visits to the Euros (2008, 2012) but do resent nice long-shot value to win the group and could be a nice side bet when they meet Germany on Thursday June 16.
Germany is a heavy fave to win this group, and for good reason, but don’t be surprised to see Poland recapture the magic that helped them to a 2-0 win in Warsaw in their qualifier versus Germany.
Ukraine earned its place in France after finishing third in its qualifying group and thus advancing from the playoff round.
This summer marks the Yellow-Blues’ second visit to the European Championship after failing to advance past the group stage in 2012. The glory days of Andriy Shevchenko are gone, but this is a side that could pull an upset or two and get out of Group C.
Most players on the roster ply their trade locally for sides like Dynamo Kyiv or Shakhtar Donetsk, but the one player that could be the big difference maker for Ukraine plays on foreign soil: Sevilla’s Yevhen Konoplyanka.
The talented attacking midfielder was courted many teams across Europe over the past few transfer windows, including some of the Premier League’s top sides, before landing in Spain and helped his side to Europa League glory over Liverpool back in May.
Asking Konoplyanka to get this side to the podium in France is nothing but dreaming, but Ukraine is certainly capable of turning some heads and a result against either Germany or Poland could get them out of the group.
Northern Ireland (+3300)
For the first time ever, Northern Ireland will be participating in a European Championship and is a massive longshot to win the group. Nobody in their right mind believes the Green and White Army will pip Germany or Poland or even Ukraine to the group victory, but it will certainly be intriguing to watch this side compete after winning its qualifying group.
Northern Ireland won its group with 21 points, topping a pretty competitive group that included Romania, Hungary, Finland, Faroe Islands and Greece.
Furthermore, the side won three of its five away games in qualifying.
Odds as of June 7 at Bodog
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