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Punters cool on England’s Euro 2012 chances

by Sean Goff | June 6, 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni shakes hands with Cesare Prandelli

THE GODFATHERS: Trap with Italy boss Cesare Prandelli in 2011

IT could have something to do with national stereotyping or  maybe it’s  just common sense but Irish and English punters have very different ideas about how their side will perform at Euro 2012.  

England fans fear a Group D exit at 5/4 which is by far the most popular stage of elimination bet for Roy Hodgson’s team with 36% of bets in that market.

 In contrast, Irish fans could barely be more optimistic with 40% backing their boys to go out at the quarter final stage at 5/1 and seeing off two from Spain, Italy and Croatia and emerge from their tough Group C  draw along the way.

The Dutch are the most backed side to win Euro 2012 outright even though their Group B rivals Germany have attracted the most money staked at this stage.

These two giants of the international game who have won the European Championship four times between them (Germany3, Holland1) and are also the most popular bet to meet in the final on July 1.

Reigning champions Spain are just the sixth most popular side to regain their crown in Paddy Power’s online betting.

In the goalscorers market, Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie is the fans’ favourite to be top scorer in the tournament with French striker Karim Benzema the second most popular bet. A flood of bets on the French striker since his brace against Estonia on Tuesday night have also cut his odds from 14/1 to 12/1.

Unsurprisingly, Ireland’s top poacher Robbie Keane with 53 international goals in 118 appearances is the most popular bet wise at 5/2 to be the Republic’s Top Scorer at Euro 2012.

But no-one is feeling the love for Previous winners Greece (2004) and Denmark (1992) along with hosts the Ukraine are the three least-backed teams with just two sleeps to go before kick-off.

And for mercenaries loyal to good players rather than ‘hard-to-beat’ teams, Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger at 16/1 has been the best backed to be crowned Player of the Tournament ahead of compatriot Mesut Ozil and France’s Samir Nasri.


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