Euro 2012 betting starts with Spain
The Euro 2012 betting odds have already been published, and the bookmakers make Spain the early favourites to win at odds of 11/2.
The winners of Euro 2008 made this year’s European Championships a profitable one for punters. Spain were backed into favouritism before the tournament reached its half-way point, having been double-figure odds in ante-post betting.
Their stylish attacking football made them fans both inside and outside the betting shops, and the youth of their team makes it no surprise that the bookies have them as favourites to repeat their win in 2012.
It might be more of a shock to see Germany in second place. The Germans looked short of skill and disorganised in Euro 2008, and the odds of 6/1 being offered about them are probably calculated on the assumption that they can’t get any worse. Germany inevitably get to the business end of football tournaments one way or the other so we might be foolish to write them off at this distance.
World champions Italy are offered at 7/1 alongside Holland, who were another young, skilful, attacking team at Euro 2008. If the Dutch can improve defensively they will undoubtedly have a lot of bets placed on them at Euro 2012.
England are 8/1 in the betting despite failing to qualify for this year’s tournament. New coach Fabio Capello will be expected to inspire the talented group of individuals and banish the demons that crept into the side during the reigns of Sven Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren.
Euro 2000 winners France are 10/1 and also have the nucleus of a good young side emerging. Les Bleus seem to be currently going through a post-Zidane hangover, and need to find a new system that suits young stars like Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema and Samir Nasri.
Portugal are 11/1 and it is worth noting that Cristiano Ronaldo will be 27 by the time Euro 2012 comes round. He should be at the peak of his game by then, which will be a frightening thought for defenders around Europe.