It all kicks off on June 8th, so check out our previews of Group A, B, C, and D. The top two teams in each group go through to the quarter finals and there are always some teams that get through that you would not expect, so check out our previews or try predict the groups for yourself in our Euro 2012 Predictor
Group stages in these big tournaments often do not go to plan! Take a look at the order of the games to be played and you might spot scenarios whereby certain teams may settle for draws, or other teams will have to go out and attack to win in order to qualify. Here are our tips for the group stages.
Group B is the so called 'Group of Death', and understandably so, with the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Denmark all competing. The Netherlands go into Euro 2012 on hot form, with players such as Robben and van Persie coming off very good seasons with their domestic clubs. The Netherlands also open the group against Denmark, and will be hot favourites to take an opening win. Despite this, Germany are still favourites to win the group at 11/10, and the Netherlands are 15/8. Portugal are 4/1 and Denmark an outside 16/1.
Germany are strong, and we expect them to go through this group easily. However, the winner of this group may come down to who performs best against Portugal. We do not expect Denmark to get any points of Germany or the Netherlands, but perhaps a draw from Portugal.
Portugal's first game is against Germany, so the Netherlands certainly have the easier game and early advantage. The Netherlands v Germany game will decide who wins this group. We think they'll draw and the Netherland's stronger scoring record may see them top the group on goal difference.
WinDrawWin Tips: Netherlands to win the group, Germany second,
Portugal third, and Denmark bottom.