Euro 2012 – Tournament Betting Review

The much anticipated Euro 2012 tournament kicks off today in the National Stadium in Warsaw with joint hosts Poland facing Greece . Many would argue that this tournament , featuring the best teams in Europe offers more interest to the average football fan as the general standard is much higher than the World Cup tournament given the strength of football in Europe . Current World Cup holders and Euro 2008 winners Spain enter the competition as the favourites with the footballing cognoscenti placing Germany and The Netherlands as second and third favourites to win .

Could there be a winner from outside this trio of teams ? certainly followers of the French national team will point to the fact that coach Laurent Blanc has done a great job in recovering from the disappointing and somewhat erratic performance of the team in South Africa in World Cup 2010 and many will look to France as a good bet to at least reach the final .

England fans , although disappointed to hear of injuries to key players such as Lampard ,Barry and Cahill will point to the fact that new coach Roy Hodgson has got the side organised and difficult to beat so England cannot be discounted.

From the remaining sides Portugal could do well if Ronaldo turns up but do face a tough task getting through the Group stages being placed in the same Group as Germany and The Netherlands .

The other team fancied by a few experts are Russia – always well organised and with a core team very experienced in International Football and an excellent coach – they could well be the team that is this year’s surprise outfit .

So what do the bookies think about the potential tournament winner ?

Spain are installed as favourites at 11/4 with most bookies but a slightly more favourable 3/1 being available at Betfred and Totesport

Germany are second favourites at 3/1 more or less across the board with one lone bookie,Boodog offering 10/3

The Netherlands are offered across the board at 6/1

France are featured as fourth favourites at 9/1 with most bookies but a slightly better 10/1 at Totesport,Paddy Power and Stan James

England are next in the betting at 14/1 generally but 15/1 at Totesport and Betfred

Italy , fresh from another match fixing controversy are available generally at 16/1 – this could be good value as an each way bet if the Italian team turn up and have a siege mentality due to the negative pre tournament publicity.

Portugal and Russia are both available at 20/1 across the board – given Portugal’s Group stage opponents the 20/1 looks better value for Russia than it does for Portugal.

The LiveFootballScores team think that the value bets in the “Win” market lie in the generally available 20/1 for Russia with of course the usual patriotic “cheeky one” on England at 15/1 !

Enjoy the Euro 2012 tournament and don’t forget to follow the Live Scores on the LiveFootballScores site !