There’s a great deal to get excited about in Euro 2016 Group F. Will the mighty Ronaldo drag his team through to the knockout phase? Will minnows Iceland defy the odds? Let’s take a look…
- Austria vs. Hungary (Tuesday, June 14, 5pm)
Venue: Stade de Bordeaux
Ladbrokes odds: Austria win: 4/5 | Draw: 12/5 | Hungary win: 15/4
- Portugal vs. Iceland (Tuesday, June 14, 8pm)
Venue: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St Etienne
Ladbrokes odds: Portugal win: 8/13 | Draw: 5/2 | Iceland win: 5/1
- Iceland vs. Hungary (Saturday, June 18, 5pm)
Venue: Stade Velodrome, Marseille
- Portugal vs. Austria (Saturday, June 18, 8pm)
Venue: Parc des Princes, Paris)
- Iceland vs. Austria (Wednesday, June 22, 5pm)
Venue: Stade de France
- Hungary vs. Portugal (Wednesday, June 22, 5pm)
Venue: Stade de Lyon
While arguably the weakest of the top seeds, Portugal will no doubt be pleased with this group.
They struggled during the last World Cup and didn’t even qualify from a group including the United States and Ghana. As a result, they will no doubt be desperate to make amends.
Their defeat against Albania in the opening led to the sacking of coach, Paulo Bento. But new coach, Fernando Santos was able to turn things around.
In his recent biopic, Cristiano Ronaldo laments what he sees as a lack of players of his quality within the Portugal squad. Most pundits agree that Portugal are too heavily reliant on the Real Madrid winger’s talents.
We give Ronaldo odds of 9/1 to be top scorer during the tournament. However, if his team perform the way they did in the last World Cup, even a player of his stature might not participate in enough games to claim the Golden Boot.
Portugal are facing odds of 14/1 to win the tournament and 19/20 to come top of Group F.
Austria boast nine straight wins in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. This may suggest that Austria’s status as one of Europe’s lesser teams may be at an end under coach, Marcel Koller.
The star of the Austrian squad is without doubt Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, while the team as a whole employs an effective high-pressing strategy that is great to watch.
We’re offering odds of 15/8 for Austria to win Group F – not that far behind Portugal. We also have Austria at 2/11 to qualify (and we’re pretty sure they will).
Considering that Iceland has a population of just 330,000, their place in the Euros is remarkable. The fact that they made it to France by coming top of a group including World Cup bronze medallists, Holland, underscores this success.
Coach, Lars Lagerbäck, uses a tight framework and a great team ethic to get the most from his players.
Here at Ladbrokes, we’re offering odds of 11/2 for Iceland to win Group F and 8/11 to qualify.
Euro 2016 is Hungary’s first major tournament in 30 years. After going through three coaches during qualifying, they managed to qualify via a playoff against Norway.
This team is the least likely to win the group at 10/1, and has odds of 6/5 to qualify.
Portugal may be favourites, but predicting the outcome of Group F is possibly the hardest of the lot.
Portugal and Austria both seem highly likely to qualify, but Austria were one of the most interesting teams during qualification. With this in mind, it’ll be fascinating to see whether they can beat Portugal to first place.
When these two teams meet during game four of Group F, both teams should have picked up three points apiece. But if one of them slips up beforehand, they might have to go into this match with all guns blazing in order to qualify.