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1 June ~ BetVictor’s Charlie McCann looks at their betting opportunities for this summer’s tournament

BetVictor are offering 12/1 that England win Euro 2012, with punters getting their money back if holders Spain retain their crown. This is proving popular, especially after England’s success in Oslo last Saturday. Until the weekend we had had almost as many bets for England to be eliminated at the group stage at 13/8 as we had for Roy Hodgson’s side to land the trophy in Kiev on July 1, but punters are beginning to latch onto England with us safe in the knowledge they will get their money back if Spain win.

There is no hype or unrealistic expectation about this England squad. That has not been the case in recent major competitions, but whereas we think no hype no chance, punters don’t want to let England go unbacked just in case this is their year.

You can bet on England’s top scorer and this is a fascinating market with Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two group games; the Manchester United striker would be odds-on to be the top scorer under normal circumstances but he is 11/2 behind 9/2 favourite Andy Carroll given he might only get 90 minutes under his belt.

Two months ago had someone suggested Carroll would be favourite to be England’s top scorer at Euro 2012 you would have been institutionalised. Now in Rooney’s absence he is expected to lead the line against France, who extended their unbeaten run to 20 against Serbia last night, in Donetsk on June 11.

You can bet on how many goals England will score and who will take their first penalty in the competition. How many points they will get in the group stages? Who will be the central defensive pairing against France? When will they be eliminated?

Some punters are more interested in their own club and we have markets to suit. Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie is 4/7 to be top Arsenal scorer, recent recruit Lukas Podolski is at 3/1, and Van Persie is also 4/1 to be the top scorer in the competition from the Premier League with Fernando Torres 9s and Mario Balotelli 11/1. Recent money has been for Everton’s Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic at 25/1.

If it’s happening at the Euros we have it covered at BetVictor. Last week the story was England were friendless but a week on and punters are slowly being seduced by the 12/1 with the insurance they will get their money back if Spain win. In an Olympic year, is England’s name on the trophy? Roberto di Matteo was thrust into the Chelsea hot-seat and won the Champions League recently – could Roy Hodgson’s England land a famous double?

Comments (17)
Comment by sjorford 2012-06-01 11:45:37

Shouldn't this have the words "ADVERTISING FEATURE" on the top?

Comment by Coral 2012-06-01 13:53:21

In case someone confuses it with the usual pieces by WSC? With such quality as "You can bet on England’s top scorer and this is a fascinating market"

Comment by geobra 2012-06-01 17:50:50

I have read WSC since its inception and hope to continue to do so till the day I die. I have written for the print version and on this site. So please do not take offence if I say that I think that this article is about as far away from what I have come to expect from WSC as it is possible to imagine. Unless it's a joke, or the date is April 1st and not June 1st.

Comment by Admin5 2012-06-01 18:10:03

It is clearly credited to the advertiser, both in the heading and introduction, who have sponsored our Euro 2012 preview and poster.

Comment by geobra 2012-06-01 19:07:41

My apologies for not noticing.

Comment by danielmak 2012-06-01 20:03:41

I don't think you noticed because I don't see where that information appears. Perhaps I am blind to the phrase: Paid Advertising or something of that ilk but none of this sets of an advertisement:

HOME arrow WSC DAILY arrow Euro 2012 arrow Have a flutter on Euro 2012 with BetVictor
Have a flutter on Euro 2012 with BetVictor

1 June ~ BetVictor’s Charlie McCann looks at their betting opportunities for this summer’s tournament

With that said, I know that times are tight and WSC is going to have to make moves like this to pay for the quality that we expect. At the same time, Admin5 must have better eyesight when it comes to these things.

Comment by Nefertiti2 2012-06-01 20:22:13

Maybe someone should also write an article on the positive contribution betting has had on football. Perhaps Bruce Grobelaar, various electricians at football league companies and some german referees could be interviewd

Comment by Admin5 2012-06-01 20:51:43

The article is credited to an employee of BetVictor. We are not passing this off as being written by a WSC contributor.

Comment by tone_burst 2012-06-01 21:01:11

No mention of Italy's chances i notice.. Mooted withdrawal from competition due to seemingly endemic problem with gambling and all..

Comment by Czerwony Zielony 2012-06-01 21:17:32

Should WSC be encouraging gambling?

Comment by geobra 2012-06-01 22:11:48

Perhaps WSC could explain to those of us who are very perplexed by all this why it was necessary to associate the Euro 2012 coverage with gambling. Surely there were other possible advertisers. You are an extremely reputable and balanced publication, with a loyal and appreciative readership, that any company would be happy to be associated with. I think we deserve an explanation, especially those of us who live in a country whose football is being literally torn apart by gambling. It's happening in Italy now, but anywhere could be next. With respect, you should be doing everything to stop that, not encouraging it.

Comment by Nesta Makhno 2012-06-02 11:39:09

If the Euro 2012 poster and preview couldn't have been done without sponsorship from a fucking betting site, perhaps better not to bother?

Having said that, I'm not sure what's more offensive about the article- the sponsor toadying, or the complete loss of quality control.

Comment by Efficient Baxter 2012-06-04 11:12:29

A lot of hand wringing on here over betting. It's hardly a new thing to be linked with football. The Football Pools started in 1923. WSC is a commercial publication and at the moment sponsors/advertisers are very hard to come by.

That said that the headline and the intro doesn't do this piece any favours. This would have been better:

"Carroll favourite to outscore Rooney

Charlie McCann of BetVictor - sponsor of WSC's Euro 2012 Preview which is free with this month's issue - looks at the betting opportunities for this summer’s tournament."

But the copy itself is standard enough. The English top scorer market is interesting given Rooney's suspension and I didn't know you could get a club top scorer market.

Comment by PRB 2012-06-04 18:43:07

Some people a are a little sensitive!! I could tell right away by the headline and the intro that it was a promotion/advertisement.

Comment by enzee199 2012-06-04 23:20:30

Hmmmm Is that the sound of WSCs credibility I hear being flushed down the toilet?

Seriously though people are right to be critical of this article, WSC is supposed to stand for the kind of football supporter who wrinkle their nose at the over-commercialisation of the game.

Jumping into bed with sponsor-produced content has to be a mistake..right?

Comment by jameswba 2012-06-05 09:17:33

'WSC is supposed to stand for the kind of football supporter who wrinkle their nose at the over-commercialisation of the game.'

Perhaps, but presumably there are WSC readers who don't turn their noses up at the occasional bet, otherwise I guess BetVictor wouldn't have thought the association worth their while. To be honest, the odd plug from a bookie doesn't strike me as a bad price to pay for what this site, not to mention the mag, consistently provides.

Do have some sympathy for geobra's point, though. Guess the answer is just to keep up what you're doing, ie the articles and posts about the problems in Italy. The sheer ubiquity of sports betting now, and the fact that you can bet on anything, in any league, anywhere worries me too. I mean, there are surely potential implications of being able to bet on half-time Welsh League scores in Slovakia, for example.

On the other hand, expecting WSC to take a stand against betting per se by rejecting a sponsorship agreement? I think that's a bit too much to ask.

Comment by enzee199 2012-06-05 09:47:12

"Perhaps, but presumably there are WSC readers who don't turn their noses up at the occasional bet, otherwise I guess BetVictor wouldn't have thought the association worth their while. To be honest, the odd plug from a bookie doesn't strike me as a bad price to pay for what this site, not to mention the mag, consistently provides."


I'd have to strongly disagree. It is a bad price to pay. How can WSC credibly raise issues about sponsorship and commercial imperatives affecting football whilst it is itself in bed with sponsors to the extent that sponsors are producing content???

The charge will be one of hypocracy.

Obviously WSC has to survive, but it needs to be careful about how much of its soul it gives away.

Sup with a long spoon indeed!

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