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Euro 2016: Qualifying predictions

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Yesterday we saw the qualifying draw for Euro 2016 and found out which group each country would be playing in.

Some countries got the the 'easy' group while others where left with far trickier tests in yesterday's draw. In this article I will be taking you through each group and explaining which teams have a chance and likewise don't have a chance of qualification...

Group A:

Netherlands

Czech Republic

Turkey

Latvia

Iceland

Kazakhstan 

The first group of the draw is one that the Netherlands will have to be wary of as they have quite a tricky few games ahead going up against the likes of Turkey and Czech Republic.

Iceland have certainly grown in strength as a solid footballing country over the past few years and have proven that we shouldn't write them off so quickly. So this will be a very interesting group to watch for neutral fans as all teams apart from Kazakhstan or Latvia in my opinion have a chance of qualification. But my final verdict on who will qualify in this  group is as follows:

1st: Netherlands 

2nd: Turkey 

3rd (Playoffs):  Czech Republic

Group B:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Belgium

Israel

Wales

Cyprus

Andorra

Wales manager Chris Coleman may have seemed delighted with his luck when he seemed to have one of the easiest groups - that was of course until the dark horses for the World Cup Belgium where introduced into the group.

Apart from Belgium, the group does seem like it is in Wales' favour but, with some tricky sides including Bosnia and Cyprus, Wales could fall short. It seems as though Belgium have their place already booked to go to the tournament. My predictions as to who will go through in this group go like this:

1st: Belgium

2nd: Wales

3rd: Bosnia ad Herzegovina

Group C:

Spain

Ukraine

Slovakia

Belarus

FYR Macedonia

Luxembourg 

Spain look like they won't be having any trouble getting into the Euros through this group. with some easy looking fixtures for the World champions ahead, this is more of a warm-up tour. It is hard to judge who will take second and third place in this group as all of the sides apart from Spain will challenge each other in the matches. So who do I think will progress? 

1stSpain

2nd: Ukraine 

3rd: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Group D:

Germany

Republic of Ireland

Poland

Scotland

Georgia

Gibraltar

This is arguably one of the toughest groups in the qualification round with some big teams including Germany, Ireland, Poland and Scotland. Ireland have already met with Germany in recent times as they where drawn together in the World Cup qualifiers. Of course they were hammered by Germany and Ireland fans are still haunted by a 6-1 thrashing.P

oland look very solid and will prove a tough opponent for all teams in the group and also Scotland will be looking to qualify and prove that they are a serious threat in European football. It was very tough to call but these are my predictions as to who will qualify:

1st: Germany 

2nd: Poland

3rd: Republic of Ireland 

Group E:

England

Switzerland

Slovenia

Estonia

Lithuania

San Marino

Roy Hodgson may have some troubles getting his England side to top Group E but I believe we  should wait to judge the England team after this summer's World Cup

We may see England getting held to a draw by some of the teams in this group such as Switzerland and Slovenia if they play as they have in previous international encounters. So here is how this group will go in my opinion...

1st: England

2nd: Switzerland 

3rd: Slovenia 

Group F:

Greece

Hungary

Romania

Finland

Northern Ireland

Faroe Islands

Predicted finish for Group F:

1st: Greece 

2nd: Romania 

3rd: Northern Ireland 

Group G:

Russia

Sweden

Austria

Montenegro

Moldova

Liechtenstein

Another tight-looking group in the Euro qualifiers with some good teams like Austria, Russia and Sweden all looking for Euro 2016 qualification. Sweeden will be looking to secure qualification after failing to qualify for the World Cup and with prolific goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the team it looks likely. So my predictions for the group are as follows...

1st: Sweden 

2nd: Russia 

3rd:  Austria 

Group H:

Italy

Croatia

Norway

Bulgaria

Azerbaijan

Malta

Italy and Croatia meet each other again at the Euros but this time in the qualification rounds. Other teams in the group such as Norway and Bulgaria have been known to cause problems at these competitions so we may see some surprises in this group. The prediction for this group is..

1st: Italy

2nd: Croatia

3rd: Bulgaria 

Group I:

Portugal

Denmark

Serbia

Armenia

Albania 

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugese teammates should have no trouble in reaching the finals of this competition with Denmark being the only real threat in this group, Albania caused caused problems at home for some teams but that shouldn't be a problem for Portugal and I believe they will have no problem in progressing in this group. My predictions for this group are...

1st: Portugal

2nd: Denmark 

3rd: Serbia

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