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Euro 2016: The 16 teams getting through to the Group Stages and why


We rundown the teams that we tip are going to progress past the group stages at Euro 2016. There will be a new last 16 round for this competition, where the top two teams from each group progress as well as the top four 3rd round finishers based on points. Group winners should have a big advantage, playing either a third or second placed team from another group. Lets get tipping....

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F

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Group A

The hosts France have been gifted an easier group than most of the favourites this tournament. France have a squad full of young, vibrant players and stalwarts like Patrice Evra solidifying the back line. We're predicting not just for France to top the group but to win every game in the group stages.

It will be Albania's first experience at the Euros and despite a couple of decent friendly wins (one against France in fact) and a young and inexperienced team that lacks pace and occasionally discipline they wont be progressing.

This leaves Romania and Switzerland to duke it out for second. Both Switzerland and Romania have the capability to pull off an upset. Romania have been really disciplined in defence during the qualifiers but a little shaky up front. The key match for this group will be when these two teams play each other. We think Switzerland have the firepower up front to pip them to second, although Romania with only 2 goals conceded during qualification should not be underestimated.

Winners: France
Runners-up: Switzerland
(Romania go through as one of the top 4 3rd place teams)

Group B

England 10 wins from 10 and two recent friendly wins against Turkey and Australia mean they go into this competition bursting with confidence. Rooney is more excited about this England side than any other that he has played with and who can blame him with the likes of Vardy, Dier, Kane and the PFA young player of the year Dele Alli. Although England are the team to beat, its Wales that could prove to a more interesting proposition. In Bale they possess one of the greatest footballers on the planet, if he is at his best along with Aaron Ramsey and the underrated Ashley Williams then it is very possible that this side could win their group and progress deeper than most would possibly suspect.

Russia's qualification has been unimpressive and the team lacked discipline under manager Capello who has since been sacked. Things have turned around under new manager Slutsky and they have a team gifted with some real talent, Russia will be tough opponents. Slovakia might have had some good performances during the qualifiers but, considering the magnitude of their opposition an early flight home is likely for them

Winners: England
Runners-up: Wales
(Russia go through as one of the top 4 3rd place teams)

Group C

World Cup champions Germany will go through, along with hosts France they are favourites to win the tournament. Northern Ireland have had a remarkable qualification run topping their group and even beating Romania, but their tournament ends in the group stages because their opponents Poland and Ukraine are both mighty teams. Poland have Robert Lewandowski who is arguably the best centre-forward in the world at the moment, but Poland cannot be considered a one man team they have plenty of talent elsewhere with the likes of the brilliant centre back Glik. Its worth noting that Poland beat Germany 2-0 in Warsaw in qualifying without goals from Lewandowski. Ukraine have pacey wingers Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko, who no defence will relish playing against, however the squad just doesn't have the depth that Poland has and certainly no Lewandowski.

Winners: Germany
Runners-up Poland

Group D

Spain have lost their aura but remain among the favourites for the Euros, as nine wins out of 10 through qualifying suggest. Busquets, Iniesta and De Gea are all incredible talents at the top of their respective games, they lack fire power but have the depth in midfield to breeze through this group.

Croatia are a big favourite here at Betminds, they are massively underrated and will not only get out of this group but go deep into the competition. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic are the playmakers for Real Madrid and Barcelona and Mandžukić is finding his form again, they will definitely be a force to be reckoned with.

Fierce competition means Czech Republic will struggle, especially as lack any sort of attacking potential and star mans Rosicky's injury troubles.Turkey enter Euro 2016 full of momentum with a late improving qualification campaign including a stunning 3-0 win against the Netherlands. The team has talent and we think they will pick up enough points to go through as one of the top performing third place teams

Winners: Spain
Runners-up: Croatia

(Turkey go through as one of the top 4 3rd place teams)

Group E

Group E is the “Group of Death” in Euro 2016. Notoriously slow starters Italy will struggle being in this group. Two games against tiny Malta brought only two 1-0 wins, and there were few moments indeed when Italy seemed anything more than average. We expect them to go through, but only just as a best third place team.

Big things are expected from Belgium. Top of the FIFA rankings until April and second only to Argentina now, Belgium have been named by many pundits as potential European champions. With a team packed full of quality including including Kevin de Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and the on fire Eden Hazard who can fault them

This leave Ireland and Sweden to contest the runners up spot. Sweden have star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in terrific form, though at 34 it will be a tough ask to maintain that form throughout the tournament, but he should see them through the group stages. For Ireland there wasn't much in the qualifying campaign to suggest that they will do well here and we think they will be outclassed by their opponents in this tough group.

Winners: Belgium
Runners-up: Sweden

(Italy go through as one of the top 4 3rd place teams)

Group F

Group F is the most straightforward group in the tournament comprising Portugal, Austria, Hungary and debutants Iceland. Portugal are arguably the weakest of the top seeds, but they'll be pleased with this group. The Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal side are the outright favorites to go through to the top 16 as winners here.

The Austrians had an impressive qualifying campaign with nine victories and a draw out of their 10 games and could very well be one to watch. The undoubted star is Bayern Munich's David Alaba, a true sensation who can play at full-back, centre-back or in midfield. He is Austria’s talisman and could confirm his greatness in France. Austria will run Portugal close here and have the potential to go further in the competition than Portugal.

Hungary are always capable of causing an upset and Iceland have Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cardiff's Aron Gunnarsson, though not much else. Not surprising when you consider a population of just 330,000, Its an achievement in itself getting this far.

Winners: Portugal
Runners-up: Austria

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