Now we move on to Group C where World Champions and second favourites to win the tournament Germany play the team ranked 22nd in the FIFA World Rankings, Ukraine.
The Germans need no introduction when it comes to tournament football especially the European Championships, having won the tournament 3 times and finishing runner up a further 3 times. These guys are winners and should be taken very seriously, I mean they're the World Champions for crying out loud, that can afford to leave out a player with the quality of Marco Reus and still be an amazing team.
Jogi Low's boys did lose 2 games in qualifying but everybody that watches International football will know that Germany are a tournament team, countless times they have done terribly and barely qualified for a tournament and then gone on to win it. They also have the very talented Thomas Muller who I've tipped to be the tournament's top goal scorer, so watch this space.
Ukraine on the other hand are also a decent outfit with their wing play being their best attacking outlet. Yarmolenko on one side and Konoplyanka on the other are a force to be reckoned with, England found that out a couple of years ago when they were schooled by these 2 players. A lot will depend on whether these 2 players turn up in fine form because they only conceded 4 goals throughout qualifying but still needed a playoff win to get on the plane to France.
Also news of infighting will not help the Ukrainians one bit, star player Yarmolenko ended up kicking out and fighting with fellow team mate Taras Stepanenko in the Dynamo Kiev v Shakhtar Donetsk game last month and had to publicly apologise for it in a press conference when they were both called up to the Euro 2016 squad - could it de-rail their chances?
Massive shock I know! Can you really see past a Germany win here? I definitely can't, they should see off the Ukrainians with relative ease. They may get a little scare from the wingers if they're not careful, but Ukraine will certainly be looking at the Poland and Northern Ireland games to pick up points. Germany on the other hand will want to qualify from the group as early as possible to get the confidence flowing and establish a fear factor.
These guys were both their country's top goal scorers in qualifying and know where the net is. Yarmolenko will want to prove his haters wrong and Muller is just a different class. Both of these guys to score is a likely possibility, easily their country's biggest goal threat so it could be worth a couple of quid.
I think the Germans could make light work of this Ukraine team but there's always the threat of the counter attack that they will have to contend with. I can see them going 2-0 up and then conceding on the break which will refocus them and they should bag another. Also with Ukraine's winger being really unpredictable and enjoying a long shot or 2, you cannot completely rule out Ukraine bagging at least one. Germany will still win comfortably though, no questions.
Again, not a massive shock on the cards here and who can blame me? The Germans have a wealth of talent at their disposal and should come straight out of the blocks firing on all cylinders. Can Ukraine get to half time drawing or winning? Of course they can but I wouldn't put money on it, the smart money is on Germany to be leading in both halves.
Thomas Muller won player of the tournament in Euro 2012 and has scored 31 goals for Germany, 9 of which came in qualifying. His performances at previous International tournaments have been nothing short of sensational and I fully expect him to kick off the German's campaign with the first goal. He is also on penalty duty so if Germany get an early penalty expect this guy to smash it home. Not the highest odds in the world but that is because he is very likely to score first.
Germany have a lot of players like Kroos, Draxler and Podolski who just like to smash goals in from all angles especially from far out. Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko for Ukraine are exactly the same, expect a lot of long shots in this match and as this is the elite international European football competition it would not shock me to see a Giovanni Van Bronckhorst style screamer into the top corner, even with Manuel Neuer in goal. This is a shrewd bet.