EURO 2016

Beat the bookies with Aldo - Ireland's Euro 2016 opener

EURO 2016By Kevin Palmer
Aldo backing Ireland in Euro 2016
Aldo backing Ireland in Euro 2016

John Aldridge led the line as the Republic of Ireland played in their first European Championship finals back in 1988 - and now he is backing the Class of 2016 to make their mark in France this summer.

Aldo lists the Euro 88 win against England as the finest moment of his international career, with the famous 1-0 triumph in Stuttgart putting Ireland on the map in the grand manner 28 years ago.

Now he is hoping Martin O'Neill Ireland side can upset the odds in their Euro 2016 opener against Sweden at the Stade de France.

"Many are viewing our opening Group E match against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Swedish pals at the Stade de France as a game we should be able to get something out, but this will be a tough match," he tells us.

"If you look at the history of the Ireland team, all of our best wins tend to be by a 1-0 margin and we need to engineer something similar from one of our games in this difficult Euro 2016 opening group."

Aldo is hoping Ireland can pick up a positive result, with a draw providing a decent start in a group that could have three qualifying places up for grabs for the last-16 phase oft he competition.

Here is Aldo's first Euro 2016 bet, with all winnings being donated to Dublin's Temple Street Children's hospital:

€50 on Ireland to draw 1-1 with Sweden in their Euro 2016 opener at 5/1 (possible returns €300.00)