Euro 2012 latest outright news, odds and free bets

According to the bookmakers, there are at least half a dozen teams that can win Euro 2012 after the first round of group matches although most bookies have kept Spain as favourites

Vicente del Bosque’s team could only manage a draw against Italy although upcoming fixtures against Republic of Ireland and Croatia look winnable and they are still available at 3/1 (Paddy Power free bets) to lift the trophy on Sunday 1st July.

Some bookmakers make Germany the fractional favourites at 11/4 following their 1-0 win against Portugal to ensure a winning start, although odds of 10/3 (BetVictor bookmaker) are on offer if you think that Joachim Low’s team will go all the way.

Perhaps we will end up watching a Germany v Spain final at the month’s end, although there are a number of other contenders to consider and that includes Italy, who took the lead against the Spanish before having to settle for a point.

Cesare Prandelli’s team played well in a 3-5-2 formation and certainly weren’t out-foxed by their Iberian opponents, with the operators cutting the Azzurri from 20/1 to a best price 12/1 (Paddy Power). Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano look like a dangerous front pairing and Antonio di Natale could also make an impact.

It is likely but not definite that Spain and Italy will go through from Group C, with Croatia perhaps the team to separate them, especially if they can land a point against the Italians. Slaven Bilic’s side do rely on Luka Modric to tick, although they can now be backed at 33/1 to win Euro 2012 after that 3-1 win against the Republic of Ireland.

England have remained solid in the outright market at 12/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) after coming through a difficult assignment against France by taking a draw. They now have a winnable match against Sweden on Friday before what will be a decider against the Ukraine four days later.

Speaking of the co-hosts and their 2-1 win over Sweden was achieved thanks to the evergreen Andriy Shevchenko who bagged a brace against the Scandinavians and the Ukraine can now be backed at 40/1 (bet365) to claim a historic victory in front of their own supporters.

As for the French, they looked reasonably dangerous against England without creating too many chances and perhaps odds of 9/1 about them winning are a little short, with the 7/1 price ridiculous considering they rely heavily on Ribery and Nasri to make things happen.

Russia were a few people’s dark horse and their 4-1 win over Czech Republic means that Dick Advocaat’s team are now favourites to win Group A, with odds of 12/1 (BetVictor free bets) still available that they win this tournament.

The Netherlands are out to 14/1 and need a result against Germany on Wednesday to stand any chance of going through, while Portugal are a 25/1 chance and played very defensively when losing 1-0 to the Germans.

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