Euro 2016 betting update with Betway

Our Principal Partners look ahead to the last 16 of Euro 2016
A slow burning Euro 2016 tournament came to the boil in midweek and we are now set for eight thrilling ‘Last 16’ ties as the knock-out football commences in France.
 
The hosts are back as favourites, but at inflated odds of 4/1 as the bookmakers react to a cluster of the bigger teams in the bottom half of the draw. West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet is the same price to be crowned ‘Player of the Tournament’.
 
Germany are next on our Betway market at 5/1, with last week’s temporary favourites Spain pushed out again to 11/2. Belgium and Croatia can take advantage of being placed in the top half of the draw at 6/1 and 9/1 respectively. England are next in the market at 10/1, with Portugal close behind at 12/1. Surprise package Wales have been trimmed to 28/1, with Ireland at 150/1 and Northern Ireland at 200/1.
 
The matches start on Saturday with, according to the betting, the tightest match of the next round. We offer the draw in Switzerland v Poland at just 15/8, a rarity in seeing a draw shorter than 2/1. We expect the game to be tight with Poland the marginal favourites.
 
The all-British clash between Wales and Northern Ireland later that afternoon is certainly expected to have more goalmouth action. Wales are the 21/20 favourites to secure a quarter-final berth in the regulation 90 minutes. Gareth Bale is 11/2 to score first in a Welsh victory. James Collins is 33/1 to score the last goal of the game, which could be a good bet if he makes it on to the pitch as a substitute (bets on him are refunded if he does not play). Cristiano Ronaldo finally got going for Portugal in the week, but they’re 21/10 outsiders against Super Slav’s countrymen. Croatia can be backed at 13/8.
 
Sunday’s games feature Hammer of the Year Dimitri Payet in action for France against the Republic of Ireland. The French are a short price for success at 4/9. Although Payet features in a number of specials at more attractive prices. It’s 13/2 that he scores first in a France win. 6/4 that he scores at any time in the game, and 8/5 to score at any time in a win for his side. Ireland are a huge 9/1 to pull off a shock and if they do West Ham’s Darren Randolph will surely be key between the sticks for ‘the boys in green’. Randolph is 100/30 to keep a clean-sheet in Lyon. Germany are the same price as France to see off Slovakia. A France/Germany Sunday double currently pays just over Evs. Belgium have taken time to find their feet in the tournament, but should progress at odds of 4/6 against Hungary.
 
Monday is well worth waiting for, with arguably the tie of the round as Italy take on Spain. An early goal would certainly liven things up, with both sides defensively minded. A Spanish victory is favoured at a price of 23/20. Italy can be backed at 100/30. The ‘Last 16’ ends with England’s tie against Iceland. A game Roy Hodgson’s team are firm 11/20 favourites to win. With uncertainty over the line-up the First Goalscorer odds are spread between Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy – all at 4/1. If Iceland pull off a shock at 15/2, the next market up could concern Hodgson’s replacement!