Euro 2016 qualification begins this weekend and two of the top seeded teams in the draw, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy, are not the favourites to win their groups according to the Infostrada Sports’ National Team Ranking. Six of the nine groups have an overwhelming favourite to be group winner and only one of the groups looks truly competitive at this stage. We begin our assessment of the groups by looking at A to D.
The Euro 2016 qualification draw was made just over six months ago with the seeding pots being decided on the basis of UEFA national coefficient ranking points gained in 2014 World Cup qualification (40%), Euro 2012 qualification and final tournament (40%) and 2010 World Cup qualification and final tournament (20%). The top two teams in each group progress to the Euro 2016 final tournament with the best third placed team. The remaining third place teams will take part in play-offs for the final four spots in France. Using the Infostrada Sports National Team Ranking as the competition starts this weekend, we can see how balanced the groups now are and who are the most likely teams to be present at the tournament in France in two years. All of the figures in the tables below have been rounded to the nearest percentage point.
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