Business time at the Euros

by Mystical Mike

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

So who’s your money on?

As the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland embark on to the quarter-final stages there are big games on the horizon and plenty of euro 2008 betting opportunities.

Germany and Portugal will get the ball rolling on Thursday evening in Basel as they look to secure a place in the semi-finals of the tournament, where the winners will meet up with either Croatia or Turkey who go head-to-head in Vienna on Friday.

Germany started well enough in Group B with a comfortable win against Poland, but slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Croatia, before making the last eight with a narrow 1-0 win against co-hosts Austria.


Luis Felipe Scolari’s men go into the clash as slight favourites having cruised into the last-eight with comfortable wins against Turkey and the Czech Republic before a second-team lost 2-0 to Switzerland in the final game when a last-eight spot was already in the bag.

Group A runners up and tournament dark horses Turkey started with a 2-0 defeat to Portugal, but secured last-gasp wins against the Swiss and the Czech Republic to earn a quarter-final place against the impressive Croatians who won all three of their Group B matches, including victory against pre-tournament favourites Germany.

If you fancy a euro 2008 bet on this game the odds are good for Turkey to win with the Croats favourites to go through, but their overall euro 2008 odds are attractive when considering their chances of winning the tournament outright.

In the other half of the draw the Netherlands have been in red-hot form so far with three impressive Group of Death wins against Italy, France and Romania in which they scored a total of nine goals to secure them a last-eight clash against either Sweden or Russia. Marco Van Basten’s side are also the new tournament favourites.

Group C runners up Italy scraped their way into the last-eight with victory against ten-man France, having lost to Holland and being held 1-1 against a plucky Romanian outfit. The reigning world champions are still rated highly in the odds to win Euro 2008, but must get past an impressive Spain in order to reach the last-four.

Luis Aragones’ side smashed Russia 4-1 in their Group D opener, before picking up a last-gasp 2-1 win against Sweden. They have already qualified for the quarter-finals ahead of their final group game which is why they are currently second favourites to win the tournament in the euro 2008 betting.

There are plenty of goals in the Spanish side with Fernando Torres and David Villa, who currently leads the way in the Euro 2008 scoring charts with four so far and he is now hot favourite to win the golden boot.

Whatever your euro 2008 betting preferences there is goals, thrills, spills and quality football guaranteed as the tournament builds towards its climax and the final in Vienna on Sunday June 29.

Written by Craig Smithson, a professional sports writer who blogs about euro 2008 at Betfair.

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  • Danny Brothers

    It’s getting to the point now where the games are all belters…Italy v Spain and Germany v Portugal in Quarter Finals is fantastic viewing. It’s been a good tournament so far and it’s made me forget England’s non involvement a little at least but hopefully my work sweepstake pick of Turkey will turn out to be better than I ever imagined!

  • Brian Smith

    I’ve got Croatia in the sweep stake, I also put a cheeky tenner on them at 12-1 win, so fingers, plus if they dop win it by beating Russia in the final England won’t look as crap!!

  • Tim

    Bets still in play, 16/1 on Villa to be top scorer, and 7/1 on Portugal to win.

    However, watch Russia, i backed them each way at 28/1, albeit its a tough half of the draw but they were mightily impressive, and better than Spain, in beating the Swedes last night!

    I have a suspicion on Italy as well.

    Watch the group game scores turn round in the Semi’s!! Germany to beat Croatia this time and Italy to beat Holland

  • dexylongshot

    I’ve had a flyer on this tournament after an initial layout of £80 on betfair and £20 I had left in ladbrookes. The payouts that spring to mind were the 1st Czech win, , Portugal to win by 2 goals against Turkey (92 minute!), the 1st Croatia win, Villa 1st goalscorer against Russia plus a spain win by 2 clear goals, a Germany win against Poland, A Croatia win against Germany, the comeback by Turkey which i had half time/full time on, the Spain comeback last night (same as) & Pav 1st goalscorer last night and Arshavin to score as well. Of course i’ve a had plenty of loss’s as well but am well up at around £250. Starting to look a bit trickier now but may have a go on Russia to get something out of Holland, they we’re superb last night and are around 5-1 to win. Brians right, the better they do, the less crap we look, especially if Slav can get to final which I’ve already had a bit of bunce on!

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