Portugal should be the favorite for this group, but I wouldn't count out any of the other squads, mainly the Swiss. Rosicky has to play huge for the Czech's.
Germany is obviously the favorite here, but the co-hosts, Austria, can't be overlooked. Croatia and Poland will both have their hands full here.
Group C[Group of Death]:
Is obviously the toughest group in the entire tournament with the defending World Champs and the runner-ups in France/Italia, but also another good squad in the Netherlands. Romania has been playing very good football recently, so I wouldn't be surprised if they were able to somehow sneak in.
Spain should win this group easily, but Russia and Greece might have something to say about it. Sweden really needs to play at the top of their games to be able to make it.
many, many things can change for better or worse 7 months from now...but here we go, my initial predictions:
a: portugal probably has too much for others, other place is a tossup between czech and switzerland...although if i have to predict, i'll say swiss because they do have an excellent young squad that did well at WC, they can only get better, plus the home soil advantage.
b: germany and croatia. poles always play well through qualifications but disappoint at the big stage, and just class-wise, they can't touch neither germany nor croatia. and austria, although they're co-hosts, are IMO by far weakest squad in the competition.
c: italy will pass, but the other place? france has all the big guns, but they aren't really playing well as a team, and have a crappy coach. romania can certainly surprise them as they're playing some excellent football lately, especially on the offensive. a potential darkhorse, pity that they didn't get an easier group. and very young but talented holland can't be ruled out either, although i think they need more maturity and experience.
d: spain will probably pass...as for the others, both sweden and russia had crap showings in the qualifications, and frankly, aren't good as advertised. especially russia.
so i say greece gets the second spot in this group, they play boring but efficient mark of football.