Spain And Croatia Say No-no To Two-two

After topping Group C, William Hill make Spain the 2/1 favourites to win the Euros for the second time in a row, while Italy, who finished second in the group, are 10/1. The 2-2 draw that was tentatively predicted pre match never materialised and Spain can now look forward to a potential match up with England in the quarter finals. England look likely to finish in second in group D, with Hills offering 11/10 that they do so and 2/1 that they win it.

“There were some who thought that Spain and Croatia would play out a 2-2 draw to ensure they both qualified, so much so that we were forced to offer that result at 4/1, although, by the time kick off arrived, we were out to 8/1 about it and I think our punters realised that there was no reason to believe that the match would be played in anything but the right spirit,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “And right they were.”

Giovanni Trapattoni has only just signed a new contract as Ireland manager, but his reign could come to an end after the country’s poor showing at Euro 2012 and William Hill make Mick McCarthy the 5/1 favourite to become the next boss, with new Norwich manager, Chris Hughton, 9/1 second favourite.

Euro 2012 Outright: 2/1 Spain; 9/4 Germany; 13/2 Portugal; 7/1 France; 10/1 Italy; 12/1 England; 33/1 Czech Republic; 50/1 Greece; 100/1 Ukraine

Next Republic of Ireland manager: 5/1 Mick McCarthy; 9/1 Chris Hughton; 10/1 Marco Tardelli; 10/1 David O’Leary; 12/1 Brian McDerott; 16/1 Martin O’Neill; 20/1 Liam Brady; 20/1 Pat Fenlon; 20/1 Johnny Giles; 20/1 Noel King; 25/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
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England 8/1 For Euros…7/4 For Goal Line Technology In Brazil

England finished top of Group D and William Hill have cut their odds of winning the tournament from 12/1 to 8/1 – the shortest price that they have been to win the Euros.

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game and William Hill are offering 5/1 that he manages to overtake the 115 caps that David Beckham won to become the most capped outfield player. He is 10/1 to be the top tournament goalscorer.

Steven Gerrard won man of the match and set up his fourth goal of the tournament and William Hill make him 1/2 to make the UEFA team of the tournament (6/4 he does not).

There was controversy as the Ukraine were denied an almost certain goal by the officials and William Hill are offering 7/4 that goal-line technology has been introduced to international football by the time that the Brazil World Cup kicks off (2/5 it has not).

“After another goal line controversy has been seen on the big stage that has seen the hosts booted out of the tournament, FIFA will surely have to sit up and take note,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Euro 2012 winner: 2/1 Germany; 5/2 Spain; 7/1 Portugal; 8/1 Italy; 8/1 England; 10/1 France; 40/1 Czech Republic; 50/1 Greece

Top goalscorer: 13/8 Mario Gomez; 7/2 Cristiano Ronaldo; 6/1 Fernando Torres; 10/1 Wayne Rooney; 16/1 Cesc Fabregas; 20/1 BAR

Steven Gerrard to be named in UEFA Team of the Tournament: 1/2 yes; 6/4 no

5/1 Wayne Rooney to win 116 (or more) caps for England

Joe Crilly
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Portugal 13/2 For Euros Glory As Ronaldo Humiliates Dutch

Germany and Portugal made it through to the knockout stages of the Euros at the expense of Denmark and pre-tournament third favourites Holland. Initially offered at 13/2 the Dutch were very underwhelming all tournament and that did not change against Portugal who are now 13/2 to win the tournament, while Germany are 9/4 joint favourites with Spain.

“Rather than battle as they did in the World Cup, the Dutch capitulated in every game that they played in and we do not have to worry about the half a million liability we racked up on them,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Worryingly, however, Portugal and Germany both leave us with large six figure payouts so we’re not out of the woods just yet.”

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two to put his side through and William Hill make him 4/1 to be the Euros top scorer and more importantly, he is 1/2 to pip Lionel Messi to the Ballon D’Or with the Argentinian 13/8.

Tournament winner: 9/4 Germany; 9/4 Spain; 13/2 Portugal; 7/1 France; 10/1 England; 14/1 Italy; 33/1 Czech Republic; 33/1 Croatia; 50/1 Greece; 100/1 Ukraine

Top goalscorer: 2/1 Mario Gomez; 7/2 Fernando Torres; 4/1 Cristiano Ronaldo; 16/1 Cesc Fabregas; 16/1 Mario andzukic; 25/1 Alan Dzagoev; 25/1 Karim Benzema; 33/1 BAR

Ballon D’Or: 1/2 Ronaldo; 13/8 Messi; 10/1 Iniesta; 12/1 Gomez; 16/1 Xavi; 20/1 Silva, Casillas; 25/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
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Euros Group A: Punters Have Made Their Minds Up Already

2004 winners of the Euros, Greece are 10/3 to qualify for the knockout stages of the event with Russsia (1/10) and Czech Republic (4/5) the two favourites to make it through. Greece will have to defeat Russia and are 4/1 to do so, while also hoping for a draw in the Poland/Czech Republic game – offered at 9/4.

Punters do not hold out much hope for the Greeks, however, with Russia backed, at this early stage, to the tune of over 90% of all bets staked on the match. Russia represent one of Hill’s biggest liabilities to win the tournament as well, with a six figure sum to be paid out if they manage to upset the pre tournament odds of 20/1.

“Going into the final round of games in Group A, there is still so much to play for, but our punters certainly seem to have made their minds up already,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Poland have also been very well backed by punters ahead of their game against Czech Republic, with 82% of all early bets staked on them to win.

Group A

4/1 Greece; 8/11 Russia; 5/2 Draw
23/10 Czech Republic; 5/4 Poland; 9/4 Draw

Winner: 3/10 Russia; 4/1 Czech Republic; 7/1 Poland; 33/1 Greece

To qualify (not to): 1/10 Russia (11/2); 4/5 Czech Republic (10/11); 11/10 Poland (4/6); 10/3 Greece (1/5)

Joe Crilly
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Roy’s Dilemma: Carroll And Welbeck Both 5/6 To Start…england 10/1 For Euros Glory

Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll both got onto the scoresheet in Kiev and William Hill cannot decide who will partner Wayne Rooney of the pair in England’s next match. Carroll is 5/6 to start against the Ukraine with Danny Welbeck the same price. Wayne Rooney is 1/20 to start England’s next match.

“Both Welbeck and Carroll did their chances of starting against Ukraine no harm, grabbing a goal apiece but with the top dog returning it seems likely that it will be either/or rather than both who start,”said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

England’s starting XI went in at half time one goal up but 15 minutes later found themselves 2-1 down. With Wayne Rooney to return vs Ukraine, Hills offer 12/1 that Hodgson sticks with the same starting XI. After his superb cameo, Theo Walcott is 6/4 to start against Ukraine although a potential injury picked up against Sweden may prevent him from taking part

England are now 2/7 to qualify from Group D, 2/1 to win it and 10/1 to win Euro 2012.

To start vs Ukraine: 1/20 Rooney; 5/6 Carroll; 5/6 Welbeck

6/4 Walcott to start vs Ukraine (opposite not offered due to potential injury)
*bets void if announced he won’t play any part vs Ukraine due to injury

12/1 Starting XI to start vs Ukraine

Group D outright: 8/15 France; 2/1 England; 6/1 Ukraine

Group D to qualify (not to): 1/200 France (25/1); 2/7 England (5/2); 5/2 Ukraine (2/7)

Euro 2012 outright: 9/4 Spain; 5/2 Germany; 7/1 France; 10/1 England; 12/1 Italy; 12/1 Rusia; 14/1 Portugal; 33/1 Holland; 33/1 Croatia; 50/1 Poland; 66/1 Czech Republic; 66/1 Denmark; 100/1 Ukraine; 200/1 Greece

Joe Crilly
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Poland Save William Hill £2m Payout

By avoiding defeat to Russia, Poland did William Hill a massive favour. Russia were Hill’s first £2m liability of the tournament with punters having backed them as if they could not lose (from 7/5 to 23/20 and at every price in between). Over £1,000,000 of the liability was on singles alone with £500,000 wrapped up in accumulators.

“Blaszczykowski’s strike could not have been any sweeter,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Not only because it was a wonder strike but because it saved us paying out a fortune as well.”

After the Czech’s early goal against Greece became the fastest goal of the Euros so far, Hills offer 16/1 that there is a quicker goal scored at any point in the tournament. Hills also offer 6/5 that three or more additional goals are scored in the opening five minutes of games throughout the rest of the tournament.

How many MORE goals in first five minutes of Euros games: 6/5 three or more; 8/13 two or fewer

Group A winner: 3/10 Russia; 4/1 Czech Republic; 7/1 Poland; 33/1 Greece

Group A qualify (not to): 1/10 Russia (11/2); 4/5 Czech Republic (10/11); 5/4 Poland (4/7); 10/3 Greece (1/5)

Top goalscorer: 3/1 Alan Dzagoev; 6/1 Mario Gomez; 14/1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 14/1 Antonio Di Natale; 14/1 VClav Pilar; 14/1 Karim Benzema; Mario Mandzukic; 14/1 Andriy SheVChenko; 16/1 BAR

Euros outright: 11/4 Germany; 3/1 Spain; 9/1 France; 10/1 England; 12/1 Italy; 12/1 Holland; 12/1 Russia; 20/1 Portugal; 25/1 Croatia; 40/1 Ukraine; 40/1 Denmark; 50/1 Poland; 66/1 Czech Republic;100/1 Sweden; 150/1 Greece; 250/1 Rep of Ireland

Joe Crilly
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Euros Latest: Shevchenko 10/1 For Golden Boot

Euro co-hosts, Ukraine went top of Group D after an Andriy SheVChenko brace and William Hill make them 4/6 to qualify from the group and 4/1 to win it. SheVChenko is 10/1 to bag the golden boot.

“SheVChenko is a national hero in the Ukraine and even more so now,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Just imagine what it would be like if he ended the tournament with the golden boot.”

England drew with France and given the way in which the Three Lions have set up in Roy Hodgson’s first three games, they could all be tight affairs and they are 14/1 to remain unbeaten but to go out at the group stages.

14/1 – England to go unbeaten but fail to qualify

Group D winner: 6/4 France; 7/4 England; 4/1 Ukraine; 11/2 Sweden

Golden boot: 5/1 Mario Gomez; 8/1 Alan Dzagoev; 10/1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 10/1 Andriy Shevhenko; 12/1 Karim Benzema; 14/1 Antonio Di Natale; 14/1 Mario Mandzukic; 16/1 BAR

Tournament winner: 5/2 Germany; 3/1 Spain; 9/1 France; 10/1 Italy; 12/1 Holland; 12/1 England; 12/1 Russia; 20/1 Portugal; 25/1 Croatia; 401Ukraine; 40/1 Denmark; 50/1 Poland; 100/1 Czech Republic; 100/1 Sweden; 100/1 Greece; 250/1 Republic of Ireland

To qualify from the group (not to): 4/9 France (13/8) ; 8/15 England (11/8); 4/6 Ukraine (11/10); 9/2 Sweden (1/8)

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Spain Second Favs For Tournament As Irish Hopes Dealt Blow

Croatia sit atop Group C after defeating Republic of Ireland but despite their draw today, Spain and Italy remain favourites to make it through to the knockout stages. William Hill make Spain 1/5 to go through and 3/1 second favourites to win the tournament. Ireland, however, are 9/1 to qualify from their group and a huge 100/1 to win the tournament.

“Given how difficult Ireland’s group is, this was a game where the boys in green needed to get something,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Unfortunately that was not the case and they now face even more of an uphill challenge.”

Euro 2012 winner: 5/2 Germany; 3/1 Spain; 8/1 France; 10/1 Italy; 12/1 Holland; 12/1 England; 12/1 Russia; 20/1 Croatia; 20/1 Portugal; 33/1 Denmark; 40/1 Poland; 501 Ukraine; 66/1 Sweden; 100/1 Rep of Ireland; 100/1 Czech Republic; 100/1 Greece

Group C:

Qualify (not to): 1/5 Spain (10/3); 8/13 Italy (6/5); 8/11 Croatia (1/1); 9/1 Rep of Ireland (1/20)

Winner: 5/6 Spain; 11/4 Croatia; 11/4 Italy; 40/1 Rep of Ireland

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Group A Starting To Take Shape…home Side Should Squeak Through

Poland struggled to a draw against Greece in their first match despite being much fancied but William Hill think that they will still get though the group, offering 10/11 that they do so. They will have to try to get a result against group leaders Russia to do so and Hills make them 11/5 to win and the same price to get a draw.

The game was notable for the fact that two players were sent off and Hills offer 11/2 that Greece get a yellow card in their match against the Czech Republic. Greece had the chance to take the lead against Poland but missed a penalty and Hills offer 14/1 that the match sees another penalty awarded and missed.

“The home faithful will have watched Poland’s game with mixed emotions given the fact that the first half went so well for them but the second half was disastrous,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “They did not lose, however, so remain in a strong position to qualify.”

Russia’s Alan Dzagoev currently leads the goalscoring charts at the Euros and he is 10/1 to win the golden boot at the tournament only behind Mario Gomez at 5/1.

Russia’s outright odds tumbled after their 4-1 victory on Friday night and are now 12/1 for glory in Poland and Ukraine.

Result: 13/10 Czech Republic, 21/10 Greece, 23/10 Draw

First Goal Scorer: 7/1 M Baros, 7/1 T Gekas, 8/1 D Lafata, 8/1 T Necid, 9/1 N Liberopoulos, 9/1 D Salpingidis, 9/1 T Pekhart, 10/1 G Samaras, 10/1 K Mitroglou, 10/1 J Rezek.

Anytime Goal Scorer: 7/4 M Baros, 15/8 T Gekas, 2/1 D Lafata, 9/4 T Necid, 9/4 K Mitroglou, 9/4 N Liberpoulos, 10/3 T Pekhart, 11/4 G Samaras, 11/4 D Salpingidis, 7/2 J Rezek.

Result: 13/10 Russia, 11/5 Draw, 11/5 Poland

First Goal Scorer: 6/1 R Pavlyuchenko, 6/1 A Kerzhakov, 6/1 R Lewandowski, 7/1 A Dzagoev, 8/1 P Pogrebnyak, 9/1 A Arshavin, 9/1 P Brozek, 9/1 A Sobiech, 11/1 J Blaszczykowski.

Group A Winner: 2/7 Russia, 5/1 Poland, 8/1 Greece, 20/1 Czech Republic.

Group A Qualification: 1/16 Russia, 10/11 Poland, 13/8 Greece, 9/4 Czech Republic.

Group A Not to Qualify: 1/3 Czech Republic, 4/9 Greece, 10/11 Poland, 7/1 Russia.

Greece to be shown a Red Card: 11/2

A Red Card to be shown in 90 minutes: 11/4

Greece to come from behind and draw: 15/2.

A penalty to be awarded and missed: 14/1

Euros top goalscorer: 5/1 Mario Gomez; 10/1 Karim Benzema; 10/1 Alan Dzagoev; 12/1 Mario Mandzukic; 16/1 Antonio Di Natale; 16/1 Robin van Persie; 16/1 Nickica Jelavic; 16/1 Robert Lewandowski; 20/1 Cesc Fabregas; 20/1 Roman Pavlyuchenko; 20/1 Cristiano ROnaldo; 25/1 BAR

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Euro 2012: Germany New Favourites To Lift Trophy!

Following their victory over Portugal, Germany are now the 5/2 favourites to win Euro 2012, with Spain offered at 11/4.

“Holland were a big disappointment today and with a win under their belt Germany are now the team to beat,” said Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams.

To Win Group B: 6/5 Germany, 7/4 Holland, 7/2 Portugal, 14/1 Denmark

Euro 2012 winner: 5/2 Germany; 11/4 Spain; 8/1 France; 12/1 Holland; 12/1 England; 12/1 Russia; 14/1 Italy; 20/1 Portugal; 33/1 Denmark, 40/1 Poland; 50/1 Ukraine; 50/1 Croatia; 66/1 Sweden; 80/1 Republic of Ireland; 100/1 Czech Republic; 100/1 Greece

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