Group C kicks off on Sunday with Italy 4/1 to defeat Euros holders Spain who are 8/11 for the three points and 4/7 to win the group. Hills are offering a goals match bet for the game tomorrow and make Torres 9/4 to outscore Mario Ballotelli with the Italian 16/5 to do likewise.
Republic of Ireland face a tough challenge in group C with Italy and Spain favoured to go through and they are the 13/5 outsiders to win their opening game against Croatia. Robbie Keane netted seven times in qualifying and he is 13/2 to grab the first goal of the game although Evertons star man, Nikica Jelavic heads the market at 11/2. Hills offer 12/5 that Jelavic scores more than Robbie Keane in Sundays match with the LA Galaxy striker 13/5.
It is going to be tricky for Republic of Ireland but Trappatonis men are a well organised unit and if there is anyone at the tournament who might be able to trump the Italians, it will be him, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Winner: 4/7 Spain; 11/4 Italy; 7/1 Croatia; 14/1 Ireland
8/11 Spain; 4/1 Italy; 5/2 Draw
13/5 Republic of Ireland; 13/10 Croatia; 19/10 draw
Goalscorer match bets:
9/4 Torres; 16/5 Ballotelli; 8/11 tie
13/5 Keane; 12/5 Jelavic; 4/5 tie
*in both cases, both players must start match otherwise bets are void
To qualify (not qualify): 1/9 Spain (5/1); 8/13 Italy (6/5); 13/8 Croatia (4/9); 7/2 Republic of Ireland (1/6)
Republic of Ireland specials:
How many Group C points: 7/2 none; 5/2 one; 7/1 two; 10/3 three; 9/2 four; 25/1 five; 14/1 six; 40/1 seven; 150/1 nine
How many group goals scored: 6/4 under two; 1/1 two or three; 7/2 over three
How many group goals conceded: 12/5 under four; 8/5 four or five; 5/4 over five
Tournaent highest scorer: 10/3 Robbie Keane; 6/1 no scorer; 6/1 Kevin Doyle; 10/1 John Walters; 10/1Shane Long; 12/1 Simon Cox; 14/1 Aiden McGeady; 14/1 James McLean; 16/1 Damien Duff; 20/1 BAR
Stage of Elimination: 1/5 group stage; 9/2 quarter finals; 12/1 semi finals; 33/1 runner up; 80/1 winner
ENGLAND VS FRANCE: BIGGEST MATCH OF THE GROUP STAGES FOR BOOKIES
William Hill are looking at the France/England game as being one of the biggest, in terms of betting turnover, in the whole tournament with over £15m industry wide set to be staked on the game. Over 200,000 bets will be placed over Hills shop counters alone on Monday and up to 20,000 bets will be placed on the outcome during the 90 minutes of the game.
We think that this match could be the highest turnover game of the group stages, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
France are the 6/4 favourites to win the match with England 11/5 and the draw 19/10, while Karim Benzema is the 11/2 favourite to open the scoring.
Goals match bet – England vs England based French players: 4/9 England; 5/1 France; 11/4 tie
*Nasri, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Malouda, Evra, Clichy, Koscielny only
Group D winner:
England top goalscorer: 6/1 Wayne Rooney; 6/1 Steven Gerrard; 6/1 Danny Welbeck; 13/2 Ashley Young; 7/1 Andy Carroll; 9/1 Theo Walcott; 10/1 Jermaine Defoe; 20/1 No goalscorer; 25/1 BAR
England stage of elimination: 6/4 group stage; 15/8 quarter final; 5/1 semi final; 8/1 runner up; 10/1 winner
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