Daire Walsh (reporter and specific tipper)
Spain are the favourites for Euro 2012, however, winning a third major tournament in succession is an exceedingly difficult task as France discovered at the 2002 World Cup. They will still be in the shake-up, but Holland will be looking to build on their strong performance in South Africa two years ago and may reclaim the prize they won during the Republic of Ireland’s last appearance on this stage.
Much like in 1988, Giovanni Trapattoni’s side find themselves having to emerge from a tough group but, having only lost two competitive fixtures since the Italian took over, they will be no pushovers.
Aside from that, France may be the dark horses if Laurent Blanc maintains harmony within the camp and, as always, the trials and tribulations of the English national team, and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo will make for compelling viewing.
Top Goalscorer: Robin Van Persie
Top Tip: France and Holland to face each other at the semi-final stage (France around 9/5 and Holland about even money to make that stage)