This entry was posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Here we go again…
16 teams will face off in two countries this summer, but who will be the one winner of Euro 2012?
No nation has ever retained it, and with Spain’s form dipping in recent months, (including a defeat to England), we’ll be bold and oppose the 3/1 favourites.
Sweden and Ireland are both too reliant on star forwards (Ibrahimovic and Keane), whilst Greece’s negativity surely can’t work eight years on without King Otto. Unfortunately Danish star Nicholas Bendtner has proved better at smashing cars than the back of the net of late, and they too should go home at the first hurdle.
Hosts Ukraine and Poland could both well make the quarter-finals, but that’s where they will go out, and it is also the likely exit point for England although that should be enough for Roy to keep his job.
The Croats and Czechs will play some nice football before going out in the Group stage, whilst we think Russia will qualify from Group A but depart soon after.
Italy’s players will probably be more worried about where they can get a bet on so we’ll rule them out of making the final, as we will France, who are improved but not to the extent that they can be seen as potential winners.
Which leaves us with the Group B trio of Holland, Portugal and Germany. All are realistic contenders. For value our head says Portugal (20/1) but our head says ‘Ze Germans’ are the team to back. It’s a 16/5 shot on Betfair.