EURO 2016 Draw – Group F Preview And Predictions

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 4:43 PM GMT

With EURO 2016 a mere couple of months away, we spot the various markets already on offer across sports betting platforms for Group F and serve up our soccer betting preview.

Group F Preview
Portugal emerge as the firm favourites on the soccer odds board to win Group F and, most likely, the Seleccao are the top soccer pick in betting circles given the market’s perceived quality of the field contained within. However, soccer bettors shouldn’t underestimate Austria, Iceland or Hungary, even if the market doesn’t look upon either of those nations too favourably. This is a wide open group to all intents and purposes and all four nations have a reasonable shot of advancing.

Table 1: Group F Betting Odds at Pinnacle Sports

Nation

Group Winner

To Qualify

Top 2 Finish

Portugal

-125

-1200

-500

Austria

+225

-600

-175

Iceland

+500

-163

+138

Hungary

+1000

+138

+350

 

Portugal Favoured
Portugal’s best finish at the European Championships was a runner-up finish in 2004. Unfortunately, they have the dubious honour of coming second on home soil. Cristiano Ronaldo has been the nation’s talisman in almost a decade and the nation wouldn’t be anywhere without him really. Their qualification campaign got off to a bumpy start with a 1-0 loss to Albania, but they rebounded quickly and reeled off seven straight victories to cap off as winners in the group.

It’s worth noting, that Portugal were contained in Group I, which featured just five nations so their qualification campaign comprised of 8 fixtures. It wasn’t the toughest qualification group either with Albania, Denmark, Serbia and Armenia, so it’s really no surprise Portugal won it handily in the end.

 

Austria Second Favourites
Austria have been going about their business unassumingly and that makes them a serious threat to Portugal’s bid to win Group F. Austria won their qualification group with a stellar 9-1-0 mark, finishing 8 points ahead of Russia (second) and 10 points ahead of Sweden (third).

Co-hosts with Switzerland in 2008, Austria gained valuable experience on the international stage. Although they failed to emerge from group play then, take nothing away from this spirited group of players. They were close to qualification for 2012 EURO and 2014 FIFA World Cup only to come up against Die Mannschaft and stumble. In any event, eight years later the fruits of their labour and development on the football stage are coming to bear as they traipsed into the championships with confidence and panache.

See Our Write Up About The EURO 2016 Draw For Group A

Iceland and Hungary Dangerous Floaters
Iceland narrowly missed 2014 World Cup, only to bounce back with a solid European qualifying campaign. They finished second in the group behind Czech Republic with a 6-2-2 mark. Of all the nations competing in the competition, Iceland have the whiff of a Cinderella about them – the appeal lies in the achievement of a such a small nation even qualifying for the prestigious event.

Hungary, meanwhile, finished third in their qualifying campaign with a 4-4-2 mark and scraped into the competition via the playoffs. Granted their qualification leaves much to be desired but they won’t be apologising for it. After all, it’s not about how you get in but how you perform from then onwards. This is a very advantageous group to boot and in some respects wide open. Hungary could fancy their chances even if they are the long shots in the group and competition proper.

All in all, this is a great group for Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal to emerge winners from. Austria are sure to give them a run for their money and the outside pair of Iceland and Hungary could throw a spanner in the works. For our money, we fancy Portugal and Austria to win, but, at the same time, Iceland, could prove to be the surprise of the tournament. Not unlike Costa Rica were in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Something to consider when making your soccer picks for this section.

Soccer Predictions: Portugal and Austria to advance