The chance to see some of Europe’s finest footballing talent is just one of the reasons in which the European Championships causes so much excitement amongst supporters, and although this year’s tournament will be no different, the sheer volume of absentees may well have a significant bearing on the outcome of fixtures. With some players having been ruled out many months ago with long term injuries, others have been dealt cruel blows by suffering damage in recent weeks, meaning that a whole teams worth of players will miss out on the opportunity to represent their nations in France this summer.
With hosts France, reigning champions Spain, and world champions Germany all missing key members from their respective squads due to injuries, there is no standout favourite for this year’s competition. Bookies.com give you the best deals from online bookmakers, and it might be worth taking advantage of William Hill offers in the build up to Euro 2016, in which France and Germany are the current favourites with best odds of 3/1 and 4/1 respectively.
France however, are suffering from somewhat of a defensive crisis heading into their first game on Friday, with Kurt Zouma, Aymeric Laporte and Barcelona’s Jeremy Mathieu all having been ruled out as a result of injury. Further injury to any one of Laurent Koscienly or Adil Rami could leave Didier Deschamps’ men struggling in the back line. As for Germany, Joachim Low was cruelly forced to rule out Dortmund winger Marco Reus from the tournament on his 27th birthday, joining former team mate and new Manchester City signing Ilkay Gundogun on the sidelines.
As for Roy Hodgson and England, Arsenal duo Danny Wellbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are perhaps the most high profile absentees, with back up goalkeeper Jack Butland also having been ruled out by long term injury. England are still offered odds of 8/1, and with bookies.com locating £200 worth of free William Hill bets, a flutter on Rooney and Co may well prove to be fruitful come July.
Elsewhere, Belgium Captain Vincent Kompany, Italy’s midfield duo Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio, and Portugal’s Fabio Coentrao are also part of a growing list of players who will be forced to support their team from the comfort of their own homes.by