England 1/2 to top Euro group

  • Last Updated: February 24 2014, 9:42 GMT

England are favourites to win their Euro 2016 qualifying group at a best of 1/2 with Coral following Sunday's draw in Nice.

Hodgson's side are expected to top their qualifying group
Hodgson's side are expected to top their qualifying group

Roy Hodgson's side were drawn in Group E along with Switzerland - the team he led to the 1994 World Cup finals - Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino.

The top two in each group will qualify for the 24-team final tournament along with hosts France. The best third-placed team will also qualify, with the eight other third-placed sides playing off for the remaining four spots.

Therefore it's no surprise to see England priced up an unbackable 1/100 with Paddy Power to qualify and Coral's 1/20 is the best price quoted.

Scotland and the Republic of Ireland have tough campaigns ahead after being drawn together in Group D along with Germany, Poland and Georgia, as well as UEFA's newest member Gibraltar, who were drawn to Group C with Spain but were switched to D for political reasons.

With Germany 1/7 favourites to top the group, Gordon Strachan's Scotland are 7/2 with BetVictor to qualify for the finals while Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland are 5/4 to do so.

Wales will be aiming for at least a play-off place or better in Group B, where they will face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra.

Chris Coleman's side are 25/1 to top the group but 7/4 with William Hill to book their place in France - although BetVictor quote 8/1.

Northern Ireland were drawn in Group F with Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands and Michael O'Neill's side are 10/1 with BetVictor - but 9/4 with Hills - to qualify for their first major tournament since 1986.

In the outright betting for the tournament, which will be the first with 24 teams, Spain and Germany are joint favourites at 4/1, with hosts France a best of 8/1 with BetVictor.

Full Draw:

Group A: Netherlands, Czech Republic Turkey, Latvia, Iceland, Kazakhstan
Group B: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorrra
Group C: Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, FYR Macedonia, Luxembourg
Group D: Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar
Group E: England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, San Marino, Lithuania
Group F: Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands
Group G: Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova, Liechtenstein
Group H: Italy, Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Malta
Group I: (France) Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, Albania

France qualify as hosts but will play friendlies against teams from Group I.

  • Updated at 0945 GMT on 24/02/2014.