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?