Group C

Germany are World Champions. They have the most exciting attack in the competition. But most famously – they lost to Ireland in qualifying. True, they did finish top by a solitary point but Thomas Muller scored nine in nine group games and is probably the second name on Joachim Low’s team sheet after Manuel Neuer. Poland were second to Germany in qualifying and notched up a win over the World Cup winners on the way. While sloppy at times, Poland scored 33 goals in 10 games – more than any other side in the finals. Robert Lewandowski needs no introduction to defences having rocked the Bundesliga last season. Don’t give Ukraine the lead in a game. You won’t get it back. Since hosting Euro 2012, in 24 competitive games Ukraine have scored first on 15 occasions and are unbeaten when they do. Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka make the team tick and are key as Ukraine have no world class striker. The dictionary definition of plucky underdogs, Northern Ireland got out of a very scrappy qualifying group by finishing top. Will Griggs is on fire, despite not playing during qualifying, but the team spirit is almost club like according to Michael O’Neill. Enough to avoid finishing bottom? Probably not.

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