Here we go then, it’s time to get started with the inaugural Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama. The opening stages comprise four groups of four teams with a fixture a day until the quarter-finals, which take place at the end of the month. All you have to do is vote for the winner of each fixture in the attached poll. The top two teams from each group go through to the knock-out stage (if teams are tied at the end of the group stages, the teams with the best combined winning margins go through). To kick-off the tournament, there’s a real cracker: France’s Spiral play Northern Ireland’s The Fall.
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Group A is a real group of death. Alongside Spiral (one of the four seeded teams), there’s The Fall, Iceland’s Trapped and Norway’s Mammon.
The opening match of the tournament is set to be a close-run thing between two heavyweights of crime drama. Here’s the form guide:
REPRESENTING FRANCE: SPIRAL (SEEDED TEAM)
Form guide: Out of all the teams in the tournament, Gallic series Spiral boasts arguably the best team. It’s led by the indestructible Laure Berthaud, and backed up by the faithful Gilou Escoffier, the wily Francois Roban and the dazzling Joséphine Karlsson. Sadly, Pierre Clémont is unavailable for selection for this tournament (and all future tournaments).
REPRESENTING NORTHERN IRELAND: THE FALL
Form guide: Another strong unseeded contender, The Fall’s central duo of Stella Gibson and Paul Spector are often on opposite sides of the coin, but if they can gel when the tournament comes around they will pose a real threat. Both are ruthless, almost to the point of emotionless, but their weakness is that they’re not team players – they both seem more interested in each other rather than contributing to a collective.
So, who’s it going to be? Spiral or The Fall? France or Northern Ireland?
VOTING CLOSES 12PM SATURDAY 11TH JUNE