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| 01.06.2016

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | May 31, 2016

You can relive the Coral Euro 2016 preview night with highlights above!

21:31 That’s a wrap! Thanks for joining us. Enjoy Euro 2016, and be sure to have a bet with Coral!

21:30 Langdon weighs in:

21:29 Hamann has his say:

21:28 And Arry’s two pence:

21:27 Houghton hints:

21:25 Last of our offers! Cristiano Ronaldo to be top tournament scorer at an enhanced 10/1. Tasty, and available for next 10-20 minutes.

21:22 Euro 2016 panel’s fantasy five-a-side:

21:20 Citizen Kane! Houghton admires how Harry Kane shoots from any angle. Well you’ve got to, haven’t you?!

21:17 Panel on top scorers: Langdon thinks Mario Gomez a punt, Hamann likes Lewandowski!

21:15 On to the top scorer market: Muller, Ronaldo, Griezmann, Kane lead the way. Who do you fancy? Have a punt on the Euro 2016 Golden Boot.

21:13 Redknapp’s damning judgment: “Poor group”. Enough said then. Don’t mince words ‘Arry!

21:11 The Ronaldo show! It’s Group F at last. Portugal and Austria attractive:

21:09 Our penultimate offer: England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland to qualify for the last 16 at 14/1. Terrific value, and only there for the taking for a limited time only! Max bet €/£50 for online and mobile customers!

21:04 Euros one to watch?

21:00 No consensus… ‘Arry likes Belgium, Langdon doesn’t. Hamann interested in Italy:

20:58 Houghton upbeat on the Repbulic of Ireland! Likes Martin O’Neill and his man management. Thinks the Irish can get after the big boys in this pool.

20:55 Moving on to Group E… Are Sweden are one-man team like Langdon says? #DaretoZlatan Very critical of Belgian tactics to boot!

20:53 Houghton weighs in on Croatia: “They’re going to be hardy, they’re going to be tough!”

20:48 Can Spain reign again with a difficult Group D? Langdon concerned they’ve started slowly at previous tournaments! “I think Croatia have got an outstanding midfield.”

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20:40 Redknapp on Northern Ireland: “They might draw with Ukraine, but that’s the best Northern Ireland can hope for. They’re out of their depth in this group!” Ouch.

20:38 Down on the Germans… Panel are not optimistic:


20:34 Hamann on his homeland Germany: “They lost 400 caps in Klose, Mertesacker and captain Lahm after the World Cup.” Injury absences and fitness of skipper Schweinsteiger also a worry.

20:32 Group C misery for Northern Ireland… World Cup winners Germany, prolific Poland and Ukraine their opposition. Langdon likes the look of all three of those getting through!

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20:27 No to WAGS! Houghton doesn’t like distractions. Who says romance is dead?

20:22 Are England a punt to reach the quarters or semis? Something for you to decide, dear punters. Where’s your money going on the Three Lions at Euro 2016?

‘Arry love the England/Wales straight forecast. It’s a real shout:

20:18 What about Slovakia? Langdon thinks they may have slipped under the radar: “[Marek] Hamsik makes them tick. They beat Germany the other day!”

20:15 Houghton evoking memories of his own… Ahead of England v Wales: “We played England in our opening game back in ’88. Nobody outside of Ireland gave us a prayer!

How do you stop Gareth Bale? Don’t ask me! One for Chris Smalling, and he better have an answer! Hamann’s advice: “Keep his back to goal!”

20:12 Russians too old? A 36-year-old and two that are 33 in Russia’s defence? Langdon doesn’t like their chances, and England can go out there and win this group!

20:09 Who made the England cut? Remind yourselves who Hodgson named in the final 23-man Three Lions squad for Euro 2016! Oh, and our experts have some defensive concerns about England…

20:07 Let’s talk tactics… What system would you use if you were Hodgson at Euro 2016? A midfield three, or the diamond, or something else? Tweet us @Coral with your views!

20:05 The Rooney question. The majority of our panel feel England skipper Wayne Rooney should be starting at the Euros. After all, he’s the record scorer for his country!

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20:01 Wilshere watch? If Arsenal’s ex-captain Jack mobile enough to play deep against the best in Europe? Houghton and Hamann have doubts about the Pirlo role suiting the injury-prone Gunner. As Redknapp points out: “Roy likes him there.”

19:58 Onto Group B then. England firm favourites to top this pool and qualify ahead of Russia, Wales and outsiders Slovakia.

Houghton thinks Roy Hodgson’s gamble on Marcus Rashford for Euro 2016 is exactly that. Could be be a Theo Walcott of 2006 World Cup fame? Redknapp would’ve taken Townsend!

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19:52 Group A predictions: Our experts unanimous that France are worthy favourites to top the pool! Fancy a bet on Euro 2016? Head over to our sister site!

19:50 Old Guard? The panel are worried about that ageing France defence. Just so happens we wrote all about that recently!

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19:46 Redknapp on hosts France: “It’s a good French squad and they’ve got home advantage. I see them going a long way; at least to the semi-finals.”

19:44 Mark Langdon thinks there’s value in backing Albania to reach the knockout phase… First-time qualifiers may know no fear on their tournament debut! Ray Houghton agrees!

19:42 Let’s start with Group A. Hosts France favourites of course.

19:40 Redknapp on the Home Nations: “England v Wales, what a game that’s going to be!” Absolutely, ‘Arry, but he says he’s at Royal Ascot that day!

19:37 Hamann hints… Former Germany midfielder Didi Hamann feels smaller nations must come into Euro 2016 with confidence they can overcome footballing heavyweights.

19:30 Evening all! Welcome to Coral’s Euro 2016 preview live blog. Over the next two hours, our expert panel will talk through all the debates and best odds relating to the France finals!

Join us here at 19:30 BST for the Live Euro 2016 preview evening.

Streamed live on the Coral news site, join Simon Clare and the Racing Post’s Mark Langdon who will be supported by Ray Houghton, Harry Redknapp, Scott Minto and Didi Hamann to discuss the finals and take your questions.





Our Euro 2016 page has plenty more news, tips and analysis on it.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.