Finally we get to the final group, Group F, due to kick off Tuesday 14th June at 17.00 GMT when Austria take Hungary schedule to be broadcast live on ITV. Here is the list of teams that have been drawn from the 4 qualifying spots and into this group, as well as their FIFA World Ranking.
If we were to take an initial guess on how this group would finish purely based on FIFA World Rankings it would seem 1st and 4th position were quite obvious, but is it as easy at that?
Austria have definitely improved as a football nation with the emergence of some top quality players that can play exciting football, they must be a formidable team to rise to 11 in the world rankings but can they make that much of an impact at Euro 2016?How Did They Qualify and from Which Group?
Austria topped Qualification Group G and gained an automatic qualifying place for Euro 2016 whilst only losing 1 of their 10 games and winning 9, if that wasn't impressive enough they finished 8 points clear at the top of a group with Russia and Sweden in it. Russia and Sweden both qualified for the finals too, so if Austria can make such light work of them in qualifying, can they go far in this year's competition?Top Goal scorer in Qualifying
Marc Janko was the Austrians top scorer in qualifying with 7 goals but their attacking players scored 13 goals between them so there are plenty of goals in this Austrian team. Janko, Harnik and Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic could run riot and then you have to factor in set piece specialist Alaba.Style of Play and Manager
Austria tend to play a system with 4 at the back and 2 sitting defensive midfielders, one of them Bayern Munich left back David Alaba, then the rest of the team is set up to attack and hurt the opposition. Austria smashed Sweden 4-1 away from home in the qualifiers with the impressive Marc Janko scoring.
Marcel Koller is the Austrian tasked with managing the national team, he was a one club man as a player, spending his whole career with Grasshoppers Zurich whom he then managed later in his career. He has managed mostly in Germany and Austria and has got them playing some great football.Record in Previous European Championships
Austria had not previously qualified for the Euros at any point in their history until 2008 and they didn't get out of the Group Stages of that tournament, then they failed to qualify again in 2012 so people may not be expecting much from Austria, but we feel they may spring a surprise or two.Group Final Standing Prediction : 1st
We think Austria can take this group by storm. Portugal are always very average despite having one of the best players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo and Austria are bang in form at the moment so we can't see Hungary or Iceland beating them.
Hungary are probably one of the weakest teams in the competition, that's no disrespect, but they will find it quite difficult to compete in these finals and if they're not careful they could become the whipping boys.How did they Qualify and from which Group?
The Hungarians qualified from Group F in 3rd place behind Northern Ireland and Romania meaning that they had to rely on a playoff win against Norway to secure their place in France. They managed to score only 11 goals and conceded 9; this indicates that they're going to struggle against the better teams like Austria and Portugal.Top Goalscorer in Qualifying
Hungary didn't score a lot of goals during qualifying and 3 players were equal top scorers for them. Krisztian Nemeth, a former Liverpool youth player, Tamas Priskin, formally of Watford and Daniel Bode are the strikers that all scored 2 and will be tasked with scoring the goals in their Euro 2016 campaign.Style of Play and Manager
Well, Hungary do not score a lot of goals and they concede a lot. We don't think that is an intentional style of play but whatever the game plan is, it doesn't seem to be working. They do have some good players such as Balazs Dzsudzsak, formally of Zenit St.Petersburg, and former Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera, but they rely too much on the older generation of players. Gera is 36 and a former Crystal Palace keeper is between the sticks at 40 years old.
German Bernd Storck is in charge of Hungary and has been since July 2015. Storck hasn't had many managers jobs surprisingly, although he has been the assistant at clubs such as Partizan and Dortmund, will his lack of experience cost Hungary?Record in Previous European Championships
Hungary have only managed to qualify for 2 previous European Championship finals before this summer and they were a long time ago (1964 & 1972) however they did reach the semi-finals on both occasions. We won't be holding our breath for a repeat.Group Final Standing Prediction : 4th
In previous articles we were not very complementary of Romania, and Hungary could not overcome them in qualifying, so we fear that they will be here just to make up the numbers.
With a population of just over 300,000 people, Iceland have never really had a competitive team compared to the rest of the European nations, however they seem to be better than ever in recent years. Can they make history?How did they Qualify and from Which Group?
Iceland claimed 2nd place in Qualifying Group A behind Czech Republic and qualified automatically for the Euros with an unbeaten home record. With the Netherlands having a shocking campaign, there was room for teams to step up in that group and Iceland certainly did that.Top Goalscorer in Qualifying
Top goal scorer for Iceland in the qualifiers was probably their biggest name, Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. He also had 3 assists to his name, he is a classy midfielder with an eye for goal and if Iceland do anything in this competition, he will be at the heart of it.Style of Play and Manager
Iceland play a standard 4-4-2 formation, which is surprising as their manager is not Mike Bassett. On a serious note they have made 4-4-2 trendy again and play some brilliant football despite not having many household names in their starting 11.
Another irregular thing about Iceland is that they actually have 2 managers! Swede Lars Lagerback and Icelandic native Heimir Halgrimsson. Halgrimmson was Lagerbacks assistant but was promoted to joint manager during the 2014 World Cup campaign. It's a strange set up but it seems to work.Record in Previous European Championships
This is the first time that Iceland have qualified for the European Championships so they have no history in this competition, they are writing history with every kick of a ball.Group Final Standing Prediction : 3rd
Iceland did very well in qualifying but we do not believe they will progress from this group in the top 2 places but they may have a chance as a 'Best Loser'.
Cristiano Ronaldo and co have not managed to hit the heights of the Portugal teams of the past when Luis Figo and Rui Costa wore the shirt. In fairness, this is partly down to the rest of the team not being anywhere near Ronaldo's level.How did they Qualify and from Which Group?
Portugal finished in 1st place above Albania in Group I with an unbeaten away record. They had a very easy group that they should've strolled through and while they did win 7/8 games, they only managed to score 11 goals, how do you only score 11 goals total in 8 games with a striker that has 254 goals in 231 games for Real Madrid?Top Goalscorer in Qualifying
Do you have to ask? Of course it was Cristiano Ronaldo but he only managed to bag 5 goals, he will need to have more of an impact if Portugal are to match their progression in previous tournaments.Style of Play and Manager
Portugal tend to line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with the dangerous Ronaldo playing from the left, but to be honest he probably has a free role. They have the players to cause teams trouble but in qualifying they were far from scintillating.
Their manager is Portuguese native Fernando Santos who took over from Paulo Bento is 2014. Santos has managed teams in Greece and Portugal including Sporting Lisbon.Record in Previous European Championships
Portugal have qualified for the Euros 6 times and reached at least the quarter-finals every time, finishing runners up as the host nation in 2004. They haven't played great football in recent years but always seem to scrape through to the later rounds.Group Final Standing Prediction : 2nd
Portugal are likely to have a couple of scrappy 1-0 wins but we think they will fall against Austria and ultimately finish in 2nd place and progress to the knockout rounds.
The winner of this group will play the runner up of Group E, who we think will be Belgium, this would be a very close game that could go either way but Belgium would be the favourites. If Austria can get to the quarter-finals, they will be very happy.
The runner up of Group F will play the runner up of Group B which we have predicted will be Wales, Cristiano vs Bale sounds a brilliant proposition and a game that Portugal would be favourites for, but would also not be a surprise if Wales progressed either. Portugal seem to know how to creep through to the latter stages and could quite easily make the quarter-final again, any further would be a surprise.