Euro 2016 predictions for the group stage outcomes – England win, Ireland & Wales sent home

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The Euro 2016 draw has come and gone, and the tournament promises to be extremely entertaining, especially in the “Group of Death” between Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. When all was said and done, however, England was given a fantastic chance at advancing to the knockout round while the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland were given better odds of simply getting knocked out.

Now that the groups are ready, we’re ready to make some early predictions as to how the group stage will play out and which countries will come out on top.

Here are our Euro 2016 predictions for the group stage:

Giroud

Group A:

1st France

2nd Switzerland

3rd Romania

4th Albania

Even without Karim Benzema, France has far too much firepower between Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba alone to get all six wins. Switzerland, Romania and Albania all keep it close against each other but the Swiss get separation and take second-place.

Jamie Vardy Raheem Sterling England

Group B:

1st England

2nd Russia

3rd Wales

4th Slovakia

Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling prove to be a far better combination than any teammate Gareth Bale has as England beats Wales twice. Russia and Slovakia split with each other but can’t beat England, resulting in victory for the Three Lions.

Thomas Muller Germany

Group C: 

1st Germany

2nd Poland

3rd Ukraine

4th Northern Ireland

Germany and Poland split their matchups but run roughshod over the rest of the group. Northern Ireland proves to be a whipping boy for the two dominant countries as Ukraine win and draw against them.

David Silva Spain

Group D:

1st Spain

2nd Turkey

3rd Czech Republic

4th Croatia

The two-time defending champions make quick and easy work of their group, winning at least five of their fixtures. Turkey fail to beat Spain but eke out wins over the Czech Republic and Croatia to take second place.

de Bruyne and Hazard

Group E:

1st Belgium

2nd Italy

3rd Sweden

4th Republic of Ireland

This year’s “Group of Death,” victory eventually belongs to Belgium, who narrowly win the group. Zlatan runs up the score against Ireland twice but fails to beat Belgium or Italy, resulting in a third-place finish. Ireland ultimately prove to be too overmatched to get more than one win in the group.

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal

Group F:

1st Iceland

2nd Portugal

3rd Hungary

4th Austria

Ronaldo carries Portugal for the most part on his own but falls just short of winning the whole group. Austria and Hungary lose out to Iceland, and narrowly miss a top-two finish.

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