Can Spain win Euro 2012 and be the first team to win three major tournaments in a row?
Read our candid betting review of winner, top goalscorer and finalists and enjoy the championship with a winner.
The bookies seem to think so as they’re as short as 5/2 in places. The best you can hope for is 3/1 with Bet Fred. Their main rivals will be Germany 3/1 across the board and Holland 11/2 with Bet Victor. Holland’s poor display against Spain in the World Cup final is one reason why their so big along with the fact that they would probably have to beat Germany in the group stage to avoid Spain in The semi’s.
I’m edging towards Germany as if they can top their tough group they appear to have the easier route to the final avoiding Spain who I believe might struggle to break teams down this time round with no top striker on form.
France could be the best value bet at 10/1 with Paddy Power. They have a top hit man in Benzema and the creative flair with Ribery and Nasri, Diarra and M’Vila in midfield and a world-class keeper in Lloris. The only worry could be their defence with Mexes been off form.
If you like your favourite’s then try Spain to meet Germany in the final at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
I’ll have to stick with the French and opt for Benzema at 14/1 with Bet Fred. He’ll certainly have the supply and could be in a group where goals could flow. Ukraine aren’t known for their defence and England and Sweden are also their for the taken.
Other outsiders worth a punt are Spain’s David Silva at 50/1 and Holland’s Ibrahim Afellay at 100/1 both with Paddy Power. Worth an e/w punt at a quarter of the odds for been in the top 4.
The top goal scorer and tournament winner always pops up with some big odds. Going on what I’ve previously said France and Benzema are top price with Skybet at 33/1. Gomez and Germany are also looking good at 14/1 with Bet Victor. But the combination that sticks out for me is Benzema and Germany at 66/1 with Ladbrokes.
Another combo worth a quid is Croatia and Eduardo at 2000/1 with Ladbrokes.
For the home countries theirs England and Young at 300/1 and also Ireland and Keane at 1250/1 both with Ladbrokes.
Ribery could well put the Champions league defeat behind him and claim the player of the tournament. 33/1 with Bet Fred.
All the bookies have some special offers for the Euro’s but the offers that stand out for me are Paddy Power’s money back on the group winner’s accumulator.
If you only get 3 winners from the 4 groups they’ll return your wager. So I’m opting for Russia, Germany, Spain and France to win their respective groups at 18/1 with Paddy Power.
The other beauty is Ladbrokes £5 free bet for every goal scored by your top goal scorer selection. £20 or over has to be wagered but a hat trick brings you within touching distance of your original wager in free bets.
I’ll end with an intriguing bet. It’s Ireland to concede the least goals in the tournament. They could well draw 0-0 twice and lose 1-0 and get dumped out of the competition. At 18/1 with Paddy Power, it could be well worth a shot.