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The summer is usually the dullest part of the year for football fans, since most of the big leagues are in close season.

That’s unless there’s a major international tournament on the line and Euro 2016 in France is anticipated all around Europe.

Euro 2016 preview and tipsThis is the first time there will be 24 teams in the tournament and it means more matches than ever. Most of the nations believe they can do something special, but who are the main favourites? We’ve picked our top suggestions at the moment.

Germany

You just can’t look beyond the Germans right now. They are the reigning World Champions and this alone should be enough of a reason to put them among the favourites.

All of their key players seem to be performing very well in their clubs with the likes of Muller, Neuer and Boateng part of the strong core in Bayern Munich while Ozil and Kroos are doing their magic abroad.

With all the experience and quality available all around the pitch, Germany is the top contender this summer. The odds for them winning are about 4.00 in most bookies and this seems like a good investment.

France

Never write the hosts off, when it comes to major international tournaments. The support of a whole nation and some gifts from the referees can do wonders. Even South Korea was in the last 4 when they hosted the World Cup!

This time around, France has much more arguments than the home crowd alone. Their squad has a backbone of world class players like Pogba, Benzema, Griezmann, Giroud, Hugo Lloris and others. It has also a good mix of youth and experience which makes France the second favorite alongside Germany.

The odds for the hosts are also about 4.00 in most sportsbooks and are worth a shot.

Potential dark horses

European Championships seem much more competitive than World Cups as we often see big favourites go out in the group stages and other teams reach later stages against the odds. Just remember that Denmark and Greece won the Euro’s and there’s almost always some unexpected nation in the last 4.

This time around the best bets seem to be Wales and Belgium. Both had impressive qualifiers and both have some great players, especially the latter.

Odds for Belgium are above 10 and with players such as Hazard (despite his recent struggles), De Bruyne, Lukaku they are a solid choice.

The Welsh don’t have so many stars, but they are a very organised team with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey leading the line. Odds of 80 for them to win might be a bit of stretch, but you can get 10 for Wales to reach the semi’s which seems like a good value.

Post written by Football Value Tips
Blog: footballtipster.co.uk

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