Spain played the Irish off the park in Gdansk and Vicente del Bosque’s team are a 5/2 chance (Blue Square free bets) to win their third consecutive major tournament, with La Furia Roja looking better than virtually any other team at Euro 2012.
Perhaps it will be the two favourites that contest the final on Sunday 1 July, with Germany also producing a slick passing performance to beat the Netherlands which puts them in pole position to land a 2-1 win.
Joachim Low’s team are a best price 3/1 (Stan James) to claim their first triumph since 1996 and they should certainly go close considering Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil are running the show.
The Germans are virtually qualified for the quarter finals after two wins and their last eight match could be against co-hosts Poland depending on whether the latter are able to beat Czech Republic on Saturday evening.
The Poles produced a spirited performance to draw 1-1 with Russia in their last group game and are available at 66/1 to claim what would be an amazing victory at the European Championship although they do lack quality compared to other teams in the tournament.
The Czechs have a chance of going through themselves and are offered at a best price 80/1 (Sportingbet free bet) although those odds might well shrink if they can squeeze through that Group A decider.
Russia are likely to top that section barring any slip-up against the Greeks and Dick Advocaat’s team have been cut in the betting since the tournament began, with the bookies now offering 12/1 (BetVictor £100 free bets) that they go all the way.
There is a chance that the Netherlands could be their opponents in the quarter final although the Dutch need to probably beat the Portuguese by a two-goal margin and hope that Germany do the same to Denmark on Sunday night.
Stranger things have happened and Holland are a 35/1 chance to win Euro 2012 although there is obviously a stronger chance of them going out at the group stage and Portugal instead going through. Paulo Bento’s team are 15/1 and could be hard to beat after nearly getting a goalless draw against Germany.
As for England, they are actually fourth favourites at 13/1 ahead of their game against Sweden on Friday night which will either see their odds go shorter or expand depending on the result.
The French are available at 11/1 and again, much depends on whether they are able to beat a Ukrainian side that can enjoy home advantage for their matches which helped them to beat Sweden 2-1 on Monday.
The co-hosts are a 50/1 chance but they have a strong chance of coming out of Group D by taking a point from the French and English, although second place in this group will mean a match against Spain in the last eight.