”When it comes to draws though you are just happy you’re name is in the hat because it is such a lottery. You just take what you get”
That was the reaction of England boss Roy Hodgson after his side were drawn alongside Wales, Russia and Slovakia in Group B yesterday. But secretly, he must be pleased with where England have been put. English punters certainly have been, reflected in the trends since the balls came out.
Since the draw has been made, Hodgson’s side are being seen as having a relatively easy group (that never happens!), with an increase of 11% on the Three Lions to win the tournament at since the draw was made yesterday. That’s the highest increase of bets on any side despite Spain, Germany and France being seen as having landed easier groups.
The English have flopped like an OAP during a Viagra shortage at major tournaments in recent history, but with a young side, the potential for plenty of goals (Messers Vardy and Kane, backed up by the ever reliable Wayne Rooney), it seems punters are willing to forgive those tremendous disappoints and look forward to France with optimism.
Despite being in Pot 4, Iceland are being backed by punters as well at . 13% of all money on the football hipsters’ flavour of the month to win came after they were drawn in group F alongside perennial failures at major tournaments Portugal, and a former empire in Austria and Hungary, the second highest increase in bets of all the teams contesting the tournament.
Hope for the other home nations unsurprisingly hasn’t increased much, Northern Ireland () and Wales ( ) both having less than a 5% increase in outright bets, with the stakes a similar story. Confidence in the republic isn’t the highest either judging by the immediate trends. Ireland ( ) saw a 5% increase for them to go all the way, a disappointingly grounded reflection for fans who a bit of losing the run of the aul optimism.
Germany remain the favorites to add another major trophy at ,
The English appear to have learned from their reaction to World Cup and European draws prior to this one. The group appeared to split the fans on social media however
You have the usual arrogance
— John Hough (@_JohnHough_) December 12, 2015
— ⚒ Shaun Yeldham ⚒ (@ShaunWHU99) December 13, 2015
The idea of an all British affair with Wales excited some prior to the draw
— Stu Bennett (@WadeBarrett) December 12, 2015
And sure enough…
— Ben Pearce (@Ben_Pearce21) December 12, 2015
England vs. Bales in #Euro2016Draw. Sorry, Wales.
— James Martin (@Pundamentalism) December 12, 2015
What a draw! Goodbye Wales #Euro2016Draw
— Ted (@TweetBearE) December 12, 2015
For the majority though, mistakes had been learned from!
— Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) December 12, 2015
— Citizen Wolfie Smith (@wolfiefoxysmith) December 13, 2015
— Elijah Phillips (@ElijahPhillipz) December 12, 2015