World and European champions Spain are favourites to win their third straight major tournament, but there will be plenty of other markets to bet on for Euro 2012.
This Euro 2012 betting preview has to start with the biggest market; Euro 2012 winner. Spain have been made bet365’s 5/2 favourite to come out on top in Poland and Ukraine, with Germany and Holland their main threats at 3/1 and 15/2 respectively.
The Spaniards will take some beating after romping through the group stage of this competition, but Germany have become an exciting prospect under Joachim Loew, while Holland will be a tough nut to crack like they showed at World Cup.
The Tournament Top Goalscorer market is always a popular one, and some of Europe’s biggest names will be looking to land the Golden Boot in Poland and Ukraine. The latest odds make Germany striker Mario Gomez the favourite, with bet365 offering 8/1 that the Bayern Munich hitman transfers his superb club form to the international game.
Robin van Persie has enjoyed a sensational year with Arsenal and the Holland striker is 9/1, while the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Miroslav Klose and Klaas Jan Huntelaar should not be overlooked.
If you fancy a double on those two markets then this Euro 2012 betting preview may just have the market for you; William Hill’s Euro 2012 winner/Golden Boot double. The firm are offering 16/1 on Germany and Mario Gomez swooping the two biggest prizes on offer, while Spain and David Villa are available at the same odds – but that needs Villa to recover from a serious injury that has threatened to keep him out of the tournament.
While the tournament winner and goalscorer markets are always popular, a Euro 2012 Betting Preview
would not be complete without looking at the extensive list of markets available for this tournament.
Punters will also be able to bet on several markets for the group stage, including who will qualify for the knockout stage and who will be heading home after three games. There were upsets at the World Cup as both France and Italy exited at the group stage, and another of international football’s big guns could find themselves making an early exit in Poland and Ukraine.
Stage of elimination is another intriguing market that has to be included in any Euro 2012 Outright Betting
preview. Several of the tournament’s big guns are subject to this special market; England, France, Germany, Holland Italy and Spain. You can bet on which round will be the last appearance for your chosen team; group stage, quarter-finals, semi-final, runners-up or winner.