When looking for Euro 2012 Group betting tips it is important to take into account two things. How a team played in qualifying and how they have performed at previous international tournaments.
Using this criteria we can immediately rule out Poland from Group A. The Poles may be the hosts but they haven’t played at an international tournament since 2008 and they were an abject disappointment in Austria and Switzerland, failing to qualify from the group stage. Before that, Poland also failed to progress from the groups in World Cup 2002 and 2006.
Russia are the favourites to win Group A, at a best price of 6/4 with Sky Bet and they justify that position, having qualified in style and they set the benchmark. Greece (9/2, bet365) should be considered as their biggest challengers having won the competition in 2004 and qualified comfortably this time around. Czech Republic (4/1, Boylesports) narrowly snuck into the playoffs ahead of Scotland and, like Poland, don’t look like causing much danger to anyone.
Group A may be clear cut but Group B is far from straight-forward. Denmark (20/1, Bet Victor) are the outsiders but they qualified ahead of Portugal (9/2, Blue Square) and so should be respected. However, the winner will be one of either Germany (5/4, bet365) and Netherlands (2/1, Sky Bet).
Preference is given to the Dutch, whose second place finish at World Cup 2010 supersedes Germany’s final appearance at Euro 2008 but it is not necessarily a certainty and those having a bet would be advised to take the ‘dual forecast’ option on both teams progressing in any order at odds of 9/10 at Bwin instead.
Group C offers the first real ‘certainty’ of our Euro 2012 Group Betting Tips
and that is that Spain will win the group, at odds of 8/13 with bet365. The World and European champions are potentially vulnerable to rivals later in the tournament but they should sail through their group, which consists of Croatia, Ireland and Italy. None of those three teams have a defence capable of living with Vicente Del Bosque’s side and it should be maximum points from three matches for Spain.
That leaves second place in Group C up for grabs and Italy are the bookmakers favourites at a best price of 4/6 with Boylesports. However, the Nerazzurri showed at World Cup 2010 that they are prone to implosion and can’t be backed at that price. Patriotic punters might want to consider Ireland, who will be well organised and hard to break down at a very big 5/1 with William Hill, but only for small stakes.
Conversely, patriotism should be ignored in Group D, where England are as low as 5/4 to qualify as winners. The Three Lions are better than Sweden but were comprehensively outplayed by France in a recent friendly and Laurent Blanc’s side should be backed at 2/1 with Paddy Power.
Les Bleus may have been awful at South Africa 2010 but the side has changed immeasurably since then and a comfortable qualification looks on the cards this year. Ukraine may be the hosts but they are simply there among the Euro 2012 Teams
to make up the numbers.