The talk is almost over and it is time for the action to commence as Euro 2012 begins with co-hosts Poland entertaining Greece in the opening fixture in Warsaw tomorrow evening.
As in 2004, when they somehow won the tournament in Portugal, Greece will be difficult to break down but anyone looking for an exciting game to get the tournament up and running is likely to be deeply disappointed.
The Poles are even money for the win at betvictor.com with the draw 23/10 and Greece 7/2; Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski is 19/4 to score the opener and having backed the Polish striker at very big odds some time ago to be the leading goalscorer of the tournament I will be hoping he gets off to a flier.
Our money back offer on the outright market if Spain retain their title closes at 5 o’clock tomorrow and we have pushed Germany back out to 3/1 with money for Holland 11/2 and France 10/1 in the last week. England, 12/1, were nibbled at ahead of the Belgium game but their limitations were, seemingly, exposed despite their 1-0 success and you get the impression the Three Lions will have to have Chelsea like luck to go far in the competition and I worry how they will react if they go a goal behind.
England face France on Monday evening with Les Bleus unbeaten in their last 20 internationals; it is likely to be a nervy tactical affair with a draw the most likely outcome at 85/40; when the draw was made back in December England were favourites for the tie but they are now a top price 23/10 at BetVictor with France 6/4 favourites.
England are 4/7 to qualify for the last eight and 11/8 NOT to make it out of the group stages; France to qualify first and England as runners up is 4/1 with the Three Lions top and France runners up at 9/2. We bet 9/2 that the overall winners come out of England’s Group.
There are any number of markets available from highest scoring group game (Spain v Republic of Ireland at 11/1) to top goalscorer in the competition from the Premier League with Robin van Persie leading the market at 4/1 from Fernando Torres at 9s and Mario Balotelli at 11/1. England are 2/1 to reach the semi-final and 5/1 to reach the final in Kiev on July 1.
The second Major of the golf year has been given added spice by Tiger Woods’ brilliant win in the Memorial Tournament at the weekend with his birdie on 16 courtesy of one of the greatest shots even in his most illustrious career.
Tiger was 14/1 for the US Open before the Memorial but is 11/2 favourite after his win in Ohio. We will be betting a quarter odds the first seven places on the tournament from next Monday.
The weather looks like playing a key part in the third Test between England and the West Indies with the draw now a shade of odds on at 10/11 with rain forecast in Birmingham. England are 11/10 to make it 3-0 and, although there is no James Anderson to take advantage of what looks sure to be overcast conditions at Edgbaston, Andrew Strauss has an embarrassment of pace bowling riches at his disposal. Take the 11/10 on a whitewash to the hosts.
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