Euro Cup 2012 Betting – Germany Wins Fourth European Championship This Summer
Every two years, online betting sharps know they’re getting a major soccer competition and even though the Olympics will be held in London this summer, the European Championship will likely steal its thunder in the world of soccer. Germany fell a little short at the World Cup in 2012, but they’ll replace the team that knocked them out in South Africa with a massive win in July.
What: Soccer Betting
When: June 8th-July 1st, 2012
Where: Various stadiums between Poland and the Ukraine; final takes place in Kiev
Spain (+225) was always going to be the soccer betting favorites as the defending champions in not only the European competition, but they’re the World Cup champions as well. “La Roja” is powered by their Barcelona foundation led by Xavi in the middle of the field, and they’re solid at the back as well, but what about up front? Fernando Torres hasn’t shown much at Chelsea and David Villa has been out all season because of a broken leg. It could be time for Pedro to step up, although the transition began when he was named to the starting 11 in the semifinals and finals of the World Cup.
Germany (+300) wasn’t expected to challenge seriously in South Africa because of their age; this was one of the youngest German sides we’d ever seen in an international competition. But “The Team” may have been the most entertaining squad in the World Cup, where they finished third after losing to Spain in the semifinals and another meeting with the champions may be on the horizon. They have a fantastic midfield led by Bastian Schweinsteiger, experience up front and as always, the Germans are organized at the back. There are a few questions about goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but he has a great team in front of him.
The Second Tier
The Netherlands (+700) will get an early chance to see how they match up with the soccer betting favorites as they’re in Group B with the Germans, and they didn’t fare well in their last meeting with Spain in the World Cup final, when they decided to play a more physical style (some would say dirty with examples to back it up) instead of the offensive football that they’re known for. Instead of trying to impose their will on Spain, Holland changed their style to suit Spain and it didn’t work out at all. There is still a lot of talent throughout the team, but their most important player may be striker Robin van Persie, who has shown for Arsenal that he is world class when he is healthy.
Oh, what to think about England (+850), who perennially disappoint their fans and they have been put in a tough position heading into this competition as Fabio Capello left the team due to media pressure, among other things. The Three Lions now don’t have a manager, which could either liberate the squad or blow up in their faces. Wayne Rooney leads the team from the front, but the back four is getting up there in age and the central pairing of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry have struggled in club play this season. They’ll be tested in a difficult group with France, Sweden and the Ukraine, one of the co-hosts.
Speaking of the French (+1300), they’ll come into this competition with a new regime after the disgrace in South Africa in which players revolted and didn’t go to training, and ended with Laurent Blanc replacing Raymond Domenech as manager. That means there are a lot of players who have hopes of breaking into the national-team picture and expectations shouldn’t be that high among “Les Bleus”.
The Italians (+1300) are also looking to spruce up their side after failing to get out of the group stages in South Africa, and they’re in the midst of injecting some young blood after years of riding a few certain players throughout all the major competitions.
However, Portugal (+1800) could be a team to watch as they feature Cristiano Ronaldo, who has had an amazing season with Real Madrid in La Liga, but he has never quite replicated the same form for his country. If he is scoring the way he has for the probable La Liga champions, Ronaldo could lead his country to their first major championship, although they‘re stuck in a group with Germany and the Netherlands.
How It Will Play Out
Spain had a nice run throughout the last four years, but a couple of vital cogs are getting a little older and aren’t at the height of their powers as they were over the last four years. The Netherlands constantly underachieve, as do England, Portugal is a one-man side and the Italians and French has some work to do.
That’s why it’s time for the Germans to grab the status of World Cup favorites by the throat by storming through the European Championships, and the scary part is, this nucleus is still getting better, which means they could dominate over the next decade. Take Germany with your sports betting pick for Euro 2012.
Euro 2012 Betting Pick: Germany