Euro 2012 Predictions and Betting Picks
Euro 2012 is set to be one of the most exciting Euro Cups ever and whilst the tournament is still a little way off it’s never to early for some Euro 2012 betting and predictions insight. In this article we will look at the teams in with a shot at lifting the trophy and who we are planning to get some early bets to snap up a bit of pre tournament value. If you want to get some early money on the Euro 2012 online sports betting paa then check out what we think about the tournament below.
Euro 2012 Group Draw and Predictions
The final draw for the 16 Euro 2012 teams took place on Dec. 2nd and as usual there’s at least one group of death among them. The usual teams will be favoured to take the trophy home with them, which would have to be Spain, Germany, or Holland. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise though if Portugal, England, Italy, or France also come up big during the event and hold the trophy over their heads. However, if any of the other nine teams take Euro 2012, it could be considered to be a shock by most fans. Below are our previews and predictions of the 2012 Euro groups.
Group A consists of Greece, Russia, Czech Republic and Poland. This is considered to be the easiest of the four groups as there aren’t really any powerhouses here. Although they said that about Greece before, and they happened to win the tournament in Portugal in 2004 by beating the host nation twice. Poland, who is hosting the event with Ukraine, couldn’t have asked for a better group and may just be able to advance from it. Poland may actually be the weakest team in the group though and they’ll need a boost from their fans to pull through. But going on talent, the Czech Republic should advance while the other three teams battle it out for second, with the edge going to Russia or Greece.
Group B is the group of death as it pits Germany, Holland, Portugal and Denmark against each other. These are four of the strongest teams in the world let alone Europe and each game here is going to be massive. Germany has had Holland’s number over the years and Denmark has been pretty successful against Portugal lately. Germany beat Holland convincingly 3-0 in a November friendly and their confidence will be high. One of these teams should be a candidate of the Euro 2012 winner betting in anyone’s predictions.
Denmark edged Portugal 2-1 in the last game of qualifying to win their group. Portugal had to beat Bosnia on aggregate 6-2 to advance. Germany will understandably be the favourites here since they won all 10 of their qualifying games and had a goal difference of 27. Second to fourth place is very hard to predict, but going by recent form it looks like Holland could finish second and advance with Germany.
Group C sees World and European champions Spain matched up with Italy, Croatia, and the Republic of Ireland. This is another tough group, especially for Ireland and Croatia. Spain, being the top team in the world at the moment, will be favoured to top this group. However, they haven’t been playing that well lately after going 8-0 in qualifying. They were beaten 1-0 by England at Wembley in November and were then lucky to earn a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica after falling behind 2-0. It took two late goals to save them from embarrassment in that game. Italy also beat them 2-1 in August.
Ireland could surprise Italy as could Croatia. In addition Ireland has an Italian manager in Giovanni Trapattoni. Ireland shocked Estonia in the playoffs by beating them on their home ground 4-0 in the first leg. The Irish have been playing well defensively as of late. Croatia could conceivably beat Ireland and Italy while the Irish could beat the Croatians and Italy. Both Croatia and Ireland will be hoping for the Spanish and Italians to play to a draw. Spain will likely win the group with the other three teams in a dogfight to join them in the next round. Italy will have to be favoured at the moment though.
Group D consists of England, France, Sweden, and Ukraine, and is actually a pretty tough group. France has bombed in their last few major tournaments, but seems to be back on the right track. England has always struggled in these events, especially against the likes of Sweden, even though they beat them 1-0 in a recent friendly, and Ukraine will have the advantage of being the home team in its matches. No team can afford to drop points here and we may see a few games end in draws. So, our Euro 2012 Group D predictions? England will be without Wayne Rooney for the first two or three matches of the tournament and that’s likely to hurt them. Still, France and England should qualify form this group, anything else would be a major surprise.