Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by Sportingly Better Tipster0
Euro 2012 Predictions – European Championship Tips
Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic
Holland, Denmark, Germany, Portugal
Span, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Croatia
Ukraine, Sweden, France, England
Euro 2012 Betting Odds
- Spain (3.50)
- Germany (4.00)
- Holland (8.00)
- England (11.00)
- France (13.00)
- Italy (15.00)
- Portugal (21.00)
- Russia (21.00)
- Croatia (41.00)
- Poland (41.00)
- Ukraine (51.00)
- Czech Republic (51.00)
- Sweden (51.00)
- Greece (67.00)
- Republic of Ireland (81.00)
- Denmark (81.00)
After winning the last two international tournaments, pre-tournament favourites Spain have been priced at 3.50 by most online bookmakers. Vicent del Bosque’s side topped their qualification group with eight wins from eight games. A total of 26 goals were scored with David Villa scoring 7 times for the reigning champions, although the Barcelona striker looks unlikely to feature after missing the majority of the season through injury. Spain however can still boast Llorente , Negredo and Soldado in attack who have all performed well in the Europa League this season, whilst the inclusion of Champions League winner Fernando Torres could be key for La Roja. Barcelona’s Carlos Puyol is missing at the back and the loss of the talismanic centre half is a more telling blow for Spain who were rarely tested during qualification. The creativity of Silva, Mata and Alonso could prove pivotal to unlock stubborn and well organised international defences.
Second favourites Germany are nicely priced in the Euro 2012 betting market. Germany finished runners up to Spain four years ago and secured third place at the World Cup in South Africa. Like Spain, Germany topped their qualification group with a 100% record with ten wins from ten games and Joachim Low’s side scored 34 goals along the way. Lazio’s Miroslav Klose scored nine goals with Mario Gomez hitting six and midfielder Mesut Ozil contributing with five goals. All three players look set to feature in Poland and the Ukraine. Champions League runners up Bayern Munich will be well represented with Neur, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Schweinsteiger, Kroos and Gomez all likely to take part. Germany are credible challengers; topping a number of Euro 2012 predictions and have a proven pedigree in recent tournaments under manager Joachim Low. Marco Reus and Mario Gotze look set to make an impact after promising seasons at club level.
World Cup finalists Holland are priced at an attractive 8.00 in the European Championship outright betting market with Bert van Marwijk’s side full of attacking intent. The Oranje suffered just one defeat in Group E at the hands of Sweden after fielding a more experimental side with qualification already secured. Huntelaar smashed 12 goals for the Netherlands during the qualification period although Holland’s group did contain international minnows San Marino. The anchor of De Jong and Van Bommel in midfield should compliment the attacking intent of Robben, Sneijder and Van der Vaart.
The Best of the Rest
England are best priced at 11.00, but the Three Lions will have to do without star striker Wayne Rooney for the opening two games in Group D. Manager Roy Hodgson has experience at international level after managing Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates. Three of Chelsea’s Champions League winning defence will form part of Hodgson’s backline with Cahill, Terry and Cole likely to start. The experience of Gerrard and Lampard in the centre of midfield is vital at this level, although question marks surround the attack of Carroll, Defoe and Welbeck who are all largely unproven at both club and international level.
Laurent Blanc’s Les Bleus are quietly fancied. France however laboured through qualification finishing just one point above Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group D. Karim Benzema managed three goals for France during qualification along with Florent Malouda and Yoann Gourcuff. France have been eliminated at the last two international tournaments at the group stage and Laurent Blanc will be looking to restore some pride for Les Bleus at this summer’s Euro 2012 competition. Uncapped defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Oliver Giroud have both experienced good campaigns with Ligue 1 champions Montpellier as have Newcastle United duo Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye. Laurent Blanc’s French side boasts the likes of Mexes, Evra and Koscielny in defence and Ribery, Nasri and M’Vila in midfield and looks strong on paper.
Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo remains Portugal’s shining light, whilst Nani and Moutinho provide good support for the Seleccao, but the lack of depth available for Paulo Bento is a concern. Portugal are also up against it in Group B, which also contains Germany and the Netherlands. Portugal qualified for the Championships through the play offs after beating Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-2 on aggregate.
Italy’s old guard has moved on since being crowned World Cup champions six years ago in Germany, but Juventus’ Buffon, Pirlo, Marchisio and Chiellini along with De Rossi of Roma and AC Milan’s Nocerino and Montolivo provide much needed quality for the Azzurri. The attack however must be a concern for Cesare Prandelli who is without Giuseppe Rossi. The enigmatic Mario Balotelli is an erratic quantity, whilst Antonio Cassano has had much publicised health problems, but Sebastian Giovinco has had a good season for Parma and Antonio Di Natale has helped Udinese secure a Champions League qualification birth.
Semi-finalists in 2008, Russia could be the team to watch. Dick Advocat’s side finished top of qualification Group B and will quickly climatise to the conditions in Poland and the Ukraine. Russia have a favourable draw alongside co-hosts Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic in Group A.
Best Bet: Germany to win @4.00
Value Bet: Holland to win @8.00
Long Shot: France to win @13.00
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