Thomas Muller Germany
As the semifinals nears, Thomas Muller and Germany are favored to claim Euro 2016 over host nation France, as well as Portugal and Wales. Getty

The 2016 European Championship begins Friday, with 24 teams competing for the title. More teams than ever will vie for the tournament’s top prize, and a select few stand out as the favorites.

France (+300) has the best odds of any team at Euro 2016, and they are considered a virtual guarantee to advance beyond the group stage. Only eight teams will fail to reach the knockout stage, and France has -350 odds to win Group A. Their biggest competition in group play comes from Switzerland (+6600), who has the 11th-best odds to win the tournament.

Germany (+450) and Spain (+500) are also among the favorites, as usual. Spain has won the last two European Championships, and Germany fell just short in 2008, losing 1-0 in the finals. Germany last won the title in 1996, and they are -300 favorites to win Group C.

Portugal is led by the player that’s been given the best odds to score the most goals. Cristiano Ronaldo has +700 odds to lead the field in goals, and he’s followed by Germany’s Thomas Muller at +750. France’s Antoine Griezmann (+900) and Olivier Giroud (+1200) are expected to be in contention to lead the tournament.

Group E is considered to be the most unpredictable. It’s led by Belgium (+900), but Italy (+1600) could just as easily come out on top. The group also includes Sweden and the Republic Of Ireland. Italy lost to Spain in the Euro 2012 finals, and the country is looking for its first title since 1968. Italy came up short in the 2000 finals, as well.

Hungary (+25000), Northern Ireland (+25000) and Albania (+25000) are the biggest long shots at Euro 2016, and it would be surprising to see any one of those teams reach the Round of 16.

Euro 2016 Winner [Bovada]

France +300

Germany +450

Spain +500

England +800

Belgium +900

Italy +1600

Portugal +1600

Croatia +2500

Austria +4000

Poland +4500

Switzerland +6600

Wales +8000

Russia +8000

Turkey +8000

Ukraine +8000

Iceland +10000

Czech Republic +10000

Sweden +10000

Slovakia +10000

Republic of Ireland +15000

Romania +20000


Northern Ireland +25000

Albania +25000

Group A Winner

France -350, Switzerland +400, Romania +1000, Albania +2200

Group B Winner

England -140, Russia +325, Wales +600, Slovakia +900

Group C Winner

Germany -300, Poland +450, Ukraine +500, Northern Ireland +3300

Group D Winner

Spain -185, Croatia +300, Czech Republic +1000, Turkey +900

Group E Winner

Belgium EVEN, Italy +155, Sweden +600, Republic of Ireland +1100

Group F Winner

Portugal -140, Austria +190, Iceland +700, Hungary +1400