Euro 2012 is here and punters are looking to the contests in Ukraine and Poland for Euro betting opportunities. Germany and Spain are in good shape this year and are often cast as favourites for the top spot of Euro 2012 champion.
The Spanish team has had a great year, with an impressive group of offensive players. Manager Vicente Del Bosque’s team are currently a team that is seen as potential champions. Considering the roster of top players, including Torres, Villa, Xavi, Cazorla and Pedro, Spain is a tough competitor and a very hard team to beat. This may be a good opportunity for those placing a Euro bet.
Spain’s group C competing teams are Italy, Croatia and Republic of Ireland. Based on this line up, leading bookmakers William Hill give Spain a strong edge in Group C. In order to advance in the competition they have to first win their Group contest, and Spain is well placed to beat its Group C opponents.
On the other hand, Germany’s Group B competitors are Denmark, Portugal and Holland – a much tougher challenge for Coach Joachim Low. However, Germany’s earlier victories against England, Brazil and other hard-hitting teams place the German squad as a strong second contender for the top Euro 2012 spot, with odds in the neighbourhood of three to one – if it can break out of the Group B competition. But Holland and Portugal will bring their tough offensive capabilities to bear against the German team, so it’s somewhat doubtful that Germany will make it past its Group B challengers.
Love of country and the excellent odds may sway some England fans to place their Euro bets on the home team. Manager Roy Hodgson has done a good job with the experienced and capable side. Once they get into the quarter finals – not a foregone conclusion, but still a likely outcome – England have a fighting chance to move forward in the games.
What about the two countries hosting Euro 2012, Ukraine and Poland? The big odds that William Hill is writing for these teams says that the popular mind is set against any realistic chance of victory for these two nations. Still, with the home advantage and the competition of Greece, Czech Republic and Russia, Poland does have an outside chance, and with the current odds, it would be a big payoff.
Speculation about the highest scoring players includes such formidable athletes as Miraslav Klose, Robin Van Persie, Mario Gomez and Cristiano Ronaldo. Since all of these top players are in Group B, it’s hard to see any top scores coming out of that group.
Compare this to the situation with Spain’s Group C. Since most observers give Spain a reasonably comfortable edge against its group nations, we have to take a close look at Spain’s top players. Certainly a fit and fighting Villa is a good Euro bet at his current odds.
Can a player from the Three Lions make it as top scorer? It’s a stretch and the huge odds for Welbeck and Young reflect this reality. Rooney’s suspension from the first two games reduce this strong player’s odds, but he still ranks as the most likely to hit top score from the England team.
Punters and fans can check all of these stats and odds at WilliamHill.com. The classic British bookmaker has prepared a full slate of markets, and the web-based live TV and radio feeds will keep the excitement level high for this great Euro 2012 competition.