Euro 2012 – Group B

With three time winners Germany, 1988 winners the Netherlands, modern day nearly men Portugal and Denmark, who shocked Europe by lifting the trophy in 1992, this batch of teams have quite rightly been labelled as the ‘Group of Death’.

Germany, who are second favourites behind Spain to win the championships, lead the market here with most bookmakers offering even money for them to top Group B, however it is the Netherlands who could well draw first blood in the opening round of fixtures. The World Cup runners up face Denmark in the first game of day two of the tournament, and will be keen to send out a message to their main rivals in the group, who face each other in the later kick-off.

The Dutch stormed through qualification, winning their first nine matches before a narrow defeat to Sweden in their final game when their place had already been secured. Nobody scored more through qualification – a stat that would have remained true even without their 11-0 obliteration of minnows San Marino.

Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie and Klass Jan Huntelaar will be hoping to recreate the form that saw them come third and fourth respectively in the European Golden Boot. The Netherlands are 2.88 (15/8) with Bet Victor to win the Group, a good distance ahead of Portugal who are generously priced at 5.5 (9/2) with Bodog.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player at the tournament who has scored more goals than the aforementioned Dutch duo, and is fresh from lifting the La Liga trophy with Real Madrid. With seven clean sheets in their last ten games, there are few defences meaner than the Portuguese, who could well get something in that opening game. Should they do so, they will give them a great chance of qualifying, possibly at the expense of the Germans.

At 19.0 (18/1), no team has a bigger price to win their group than Denmark, who despite having some promise in their squad, are unfortunate to have been drawn with three European heavyweights.

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Euro 2012 – Group A

Friday sees the beginning of this summer’s European Championships, with co-hosts Poland entertaining 2004 winners Greece in the opening game of the tournament in Warsaw. Later in the day, Russia meet the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, and it’s the former who go in to the tournament as favourites to win Group A.

Euro 2008 saw Russia reach the semi-finals, in their best performance since the break-up of the former USSR. Dick Advocat’s men lost just once on their way to winning their qualification group this time around, and haven’t tasted defeat since a narrow friendly loss to Iran last February – thirteen matches ago.

One thing surely in the Russians favour is that their first choice midfield, likely to consist of trio Igor Denisov, Roman Shirokov and Konstantin Zyryanov, play their club football together with Russian Premier League Champions Zenit St. Petersburg, along with striker Alexander Kerzhakov, whilst captain Andriy Arshavin enjoyed a successful loan period back at Zenit in the second half of the season.

Russia are best priced 2.6 (8/5) favourites with Bodog to win their group, ahead of Poland who are 3.75 (11/4) with Bet Victor. In Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, the Polish have one of the hottest young strikers in Europe leading the line, and he could well hit the ground running in that opening match on Friday.

The second round of fixtures sees Russia and Poland lock horns, in what is set to be one of the games of the group stages, and a straight shoot out to see who will win the group.

Czech Republic are next in line at 5.0 (4/1) with the majority of bookmakers, after qualifying for the tournament following their play-off victory over Montenegro, whilst you can get a price of 6.0 (5/1) for Greece who despite going unbeaten through the qualifiers, are a far different proposition from the side that won the tournament eight years ago.

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Who will reach the semi-finals?

Since the tournament began in 1960, there have usually been one or two surprise appearances in the semi-finals, not least in 2004 with eventual champions Greece. Denmark lifted the trophy against all odds in 1992, beating the mighty Germany, whilst the Czech Republic have also reached the final in recent history.

Turkey and Russia made the semi-finals last time around, losing to Germany and Spain respectively. The 2008 Championships were the first where the hosts, or in the case of Euro 2000, one of the co-hosts didn’t make the last four, and it would be a huge shock if either of the 2012 co-hosts were to restart the trend.

Of the two, Poland are arguably the most likely to cause an upset. They, along with Russia are favourites to progress from Group A; though they will face the winners or runners-up from Group B should they do so, meaning their opponents would most likely be the Netherlands, Germany or Portugal.

Ukraine are not expected to finish higher than France and England in Group D, and even if they did, they would most probably face reigning champions Spain in the quarter finals. You can get a best price of 5.0 (4/1) and 6.0 (5/1) for Poland and Ukraine respectively, to make it to the semi-finals, whilst it is hard to see past the three favourites making the cut.

Tournament favourites Spain are 1.57 (4/7) with Bet Victor to still be standing on June 25th, just ahead of Germany and the Netherlands who are 1.67 (4/6) and 2.25 (5/4) respectively.

France and England also have a chance, and are around 3.0 (2/1) to make it, whilst 1980 winners Italy are worth considering at 3.25 (9/4). Portugal are 4.0 (3/1), though they will difficult to get through a group which includes the Netherlands, Germany and 1992 winners Denmark.

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Who will be Euro 2012’s Top Goalscorer?

With just one week until the tournament begins in Warsaw, thoughts turn to the potential winners of the coveted Golden Boot.  The trophy is award to whichever player scores the most goals in a single tournament.

David Villa, who won the accolade in the 2008 Championships with winners Spain, has been ruled out through injury, though with his country listed as tournament favourites, you might be tempted to back one of the players expected to lead the line in his place.

The most likely candidate is Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente, who managed 29 goals in 51 appearances in the 2011/12 campaign, helping his club reach the Europa League final. You can get odds of 16/1 for Llorente to finish the tournament as top scorer, whilst fellow Spaniards Fernando Torres and Roberto Soldado are both best priced at 20/1.

The favourites to finish top of the goal-scoring chart is Germany’s Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich, who has hit an incredible 41 goals in 52 club appearances, culminating in a Champions League final appearance a few weekends ago.
Gomez is way ahead of the majority of the market, with a best price of 8/1.

Next on the list is Dutch striker Robin Van Persie. Having already clinched the English Premier League Golden Boot with 31 league goals, Arsenal’s number 10 is 10/1 with most bookmakers.

No European footballer can rival Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of club goals in the past season. The former Manchester United player managed almost a goal a game on his way to helping Real Madrid reach 100 points and claim the La Liga championship. Having missed out on the Pichichi to Lionel Messi, might be tempted to take advantage of the best price of 14/1 offered for Ronaldo to come out on top.

Other players worth considering are Mario Balotelli of Italy, who is generously priced at 25/1, as is Thomas Muller of Germany. Balotelli’s compatriot Antonio Di Natale is 33/1, whilst England’s Wayne Rooney is 40/1, though he will miss the opening two games through suspension.

Mario Gomez    8/1
Robin van Persie    10/1
Cristiano Ronaldo    14/1
Karim Benzema    16/1
Fernando Llorente    16/1
Fernando Torres    18/1
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 18/1
Miroslav Klose    16/1
Robert Lewandowski    22/1
Thomas Muller    25/1
Lukas Podolski    25/1
Mario Balotelli    25/1
Wayne Rooney    33/1
Arjen Robben    33/1
Antonio Di Natale    25/1
Andy Carroll    33/1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic    50/1

Who will win Euro 2012?

With the major league campaigns across the continent now coming to a close, attentions are turning to the forthcoming European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

The holders Spain go in to the tournament as favourites, and are looking to win an unprecedented third major tournament in a row.  They have an embarrassment of riches going forward, even in the absence of Barcelona striker David Villa, who has not played since December after breaking his leg in a World Club Cup game.

Fernando Torres seems to be returning to some form with his club Chelsea following a slow start, and he could well have a Champions League medal to boot, along with team mate and fellow country man Juan Mata. Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente has hit 29 goals in all competitions, whilst Roberto Soldado of Valenica, and Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo have also had strong seasons.

At a best price of 3.75 with Bwin, Vicente Del Bosque’s men are certainly the team to beat. However, at 4.5 with Paddy Power, second favourites Germany are certainly worth considering.

With Mario Gomez (also in contention for a Champions League winners medal), arguably Europe’s hottest out and out striker leading the line, as well as their second highest capped player, and second to second highest all-time scorer Miroslav Klose likely to make his final appearance on the big stage, they are certainly capable of going all the way.

Next in the pecking order come World Cup 2010 finalists the Netherlands, spearheaded by Robin Van Persie, at 8.0 with most bookmakers whilst England the guidance of recently appointed Roy Hodgson are best priced 13.0 with Bwin.

Elsewhere, France will feel confident of qualifying from group C, whilst Italy may have to settle for second place in ‘the group of death’. They are 13.0, and 15.0 respectively.

Portugal are always fancied, but generally underachieve at tournaments, and are 21.0 with most bookmakers, whilst 1992 winners Denmark, and Republic of Ireland are rank outsiders, each priced at 101.0.

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Full List of Euro 2012 Odds

Spain    3/1
Germany        4/1
Netherlands        7/1
France        11/1
England        11/1
Italy        15/1
Portugal        19/1
Russia        25/1
Poland        40/1
Ukraine        50/1
Croatia        50/1
Sweden        67/1
Czech Republic        67/1
Denmark        80/1
Republic of Ireland        80/1
Greece        80/1

Villa vs United

Aston Villa aren’t exactly on a hot run of form at the moment, but then again, United aren’t either. Whilst Villa followed up a home loss to Spurs with a dull draw on the road at Swansea, United have struggled and just a few weeks and three games on, find themselves out of one competition, further behind in another, and with a must win match on the horizon.

After the dismal game on Wednesday, this is probably a bad time to face United. Whilst they’ll be without Fabio, Rafael and Berbatov, who all limped out of the game against Crystal Palace, the proper first team players will be keen to show Sir Alex that they still have that mental edge over their younger counterparts, and can be relied upon to do the job. The only problem with that is that even when they have had their first XI out on the pitch, United have drawn their previous two matches -and both at home.

With Rio and Vidic both fit (for once) it should be a more assured defensive performance fro the Reds, which makes all the difference. Whilst Jonny Evans is a reasonable player, when he is in the team United suddenly start to lack solidity. It might just be a confidence factor (who wouldn’t play at their best when they know that Vida and Rio will clean up any mistakes you might make) but it does make a massive difference. The difference, perhaps, of playing Wayne Rooney as an out-and-out striker, or playing him further back as a Paul Scholes style defensive midfielder.

United should have enough to beat Villa, but on current form (for both teams) then maybe betting on a draw is the best option?

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RESULT BET
United are 1.73 for the win (Paddy Power) which we think is good value. A 73% return is enough for us, so we’re not bothering with the score. Oh ok then, a 2-1 United win (at 8.0) if you’re pushing us!

BEST BET
What is it they say about the law of the Ex? Ashley Young returns to Villa Park and will expect a hot reception. If Fergie throws him into the fray then we should see a performance to try and shut the purple-and-blue mob up, which to us means goals! At 3.6 (Bet Clic) to score anytime, we think it’s a good bet.
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