For the savvy punter, there’s plenty to look forward to in Euro 2016 Group A. For a breakdown of the teams involved, their odds of getting into the last 16, the group fixtures and more, here’s our guide to Group A:
Teams in Euro 2016 Group A
- France (Ladbrokes odds to win group: 1/3; to qualify from group: 1/50)
- Switzerland (Ladbrokes odds to win group: 9/2; to qualify from group: 1/3)
- Romania (Ladbrokes odds to win group: 8/1; to qualify from group: 8/11)
- Albania (Ladbrokes odds to win group: 16/1; to qualify from group: 17/10)
- France vs. Romania (Friday, June 10, 8pm)
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Ladbrokes odds: France win: 4/11 | Draw: 10/3 | Romania: 9/1
- Albania vs. Switzerland (Saturday, June 11, 2pm)
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
Ladbrokes odds: Albania win: 5/1 | Draw: 13/5 | Switzerland win: 8/13
- Romania vs. Switzerland (Wednesday, June 15, 5pm)
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris
- France vs. Albania (Wednesday, June 15, 8pm)
Venue: Stade Velodrome, Marseille
- Romania vs. Albania (Sunday, June 19, 8pm)
Venue: Stade de Lyon
- Switzerland vs. France (Sunday, June 19, 8pm)
Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille
With odds of 3/1, the hosts are favourites to repeat their European successes of 1984 and 2000. They also have the home advantage, which of course helped them to become World Champions in 1998.
Coach Didier Deschamps leads the best French squad in years in Euro 2016; full of quality all over the pitch (and on the bench).
Karim Benzema’s suspension from the national squad may mean that the Real Madrid star is unavailable for the tournament. Yet as it stands, he is facing odds of 10/1 to be the top goal-scorer during the competition.
In the possible absence of Benzema, Deschamps will no doubt be looking to Paul Pogba as the potential star of Euro 2016.
Best known for their glorious 1994 World Cup campaign, Romania haven’t played that well in years.
It comes as very little surprise then, that when they needed a coach back in 2014, they coaxed their manager from 1994, Anghel Iordănescu, out of retirement to lead the troupes into the Euros.
Having not qualified for a single international tournament since 2008, the gamble has clearly paid off. Not only did they qualify for Euro 2016, but they did so unbeaten, conceding just two goals en route.
Despite this, Romania are facing odds of 125/1 to win the competition.
Albania have never qualified for a major international competition. But they have finally managed to buck that trend under Italian manager, Gianni de Biasi – a shrewd tactician with an eye for young talent.
Despite the team making history, we don’t reckon Albania will find their way out of Group A, let alone win the tournament.
We’re offering odds of 300/1 to those who fancy Albania’s chances of winning Euro 2016.
The co-host of Euro 2008 is reaping the benefits of its country’s youth development program, which continues to produce a steady stream of promising players with Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri being one shining example.
Switzerland were easily defeated by England during qualifying. Even so, they reached the last 16 of the last World Cup, which is why we reckon they are best-placed to qualify for the knockout stage as runner-up to France.
Few teams will fear Switzerland as opponents during the knockout phase because there are much stronger sides in the competition.
As a result, we have them at 50/1 to win the tournament. Stranger things have happened.
The battle for second place
Group A looks like an easy ride for France. Yet this is a group of decent sides and anything is possible. But assuming that France do win the group as expected, who will come second?
Well, this is harder to predict. The Swiss are favourites to finish runners-up in Group A. Yet Switzerland are by no means world-beaters and all three teams will fancy going for second spot.
Group A may look like a foregone conclusion, but it’s rarely that simple. Even though most pundits expect France to top the group, the other three teams in the group shouldn’t be underestimated. For example, Romania are strong on tactics, which is why their game against France is one to look out for.
Yet with France expected to win every game, the matches involving Romania, Switzerland and Albania may hold a little more intrigue to those who fancy placing a few bets at decent odds.