The new 24 team format at Euro 2016 has ensured that plenty of ‘minnows’ have reached the final and all the big teams should make it out of the groups, probably as the winners.
England could have got an easier draw with Wales, Russia and Slovakia awaiting in Group B but the draw has been kind to England as far as reaching the latter stages of the tournament is concerned.
England are just 5/6 to win Group B and that looks fair enough given they are clear in the FIFA rankings of the other Group B sides in 11th place.
That compares favourably with Slovakia (24th), Wales (26th) and Russia (29th).
What is interesting about those FIFA rankings is that Slovakia are the outsiders in the group at 9/1 and it is in fact Russia who are second favourites at 10/3.
Many Euro 2016 tips have come in looking to boost the 5/6 on England winning the group by having a bet in the straight forecast market with most deciding between Russia and Wales for second spot.
England/Russia is the shortest priced of those options at 3/1 but England/Wales looks sure to be well backed at 11/2 with England fans very familiar with the talents of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
Despite the FIFA rankings, the best way to get a better price on England winning Group B could be to back the top/bottom double with SkyBet.
They offer 3/1 on England topping the group and Slovakia finishing bottom looks a good bet.
Should England qualify from Group B as the winners the most likely Second Round opponents would be Romania with Italy or Portugal likely to be waiting for England in the Quarter Finals.
Spain look to be the most likely team to take on England in the Semi Final, should the Spaniards win their group.
England are 11/2 to be eliminated in the Semi Final which doesn’t look a bad bet.
The more optimistic fans might want to consider England at 10/1 to be runners up and 9/1 to win Euro 2016.