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It’s off to the blue side of Liverpool this Saturday as Goodison Park hosts another Merseyside Derby. See all the latest betting and preview here.

The European football championships in 2016 will be expanded from 16 teams to 24, UEFA has confirmed.

The 13-man executive committee of European football’s governing body voted unanimously for the expansion.

The 16-team format for the Euro finals has been in place since 1996.

The format of the final tournament will consist of six groups of four teams, followed by a round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final, UEFA said.

The top two from each group would qualify in addition to the four best third-ranked sides.

This format would generate a total of 51 games played over a period of 29 to 31 days depending on the match schedule.

“This historic decision gives middle-ranked countries a much greater chance to qualify for the final tournament,” UEFA said in a statement.

“The traditional qualifying format, with groups of six and five teams, will remain in place.”

It’s off to the blue side of Liverpool this Saturday as Goodison Park hosts another Merseyside Derby. See all the latest betting and preview here.

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