The first three days of Euro 2012 provided plenty of surprises, and value, for soccer bettors.
Monday’s schedule is highlighted by a classic rivalry between England and France, along with one of the host countries – Ukraine – taking on Sweden. We talk with Aron Wattleworth of bet365.com about the action for those games:
England (+225) vs. France (+150) (Draw +200)
Early action on England was surprisingly low, according to Wattleworth. However, he says some of the shocking results over the weekend have coaxed underdog bettors out and money is starting to come in on England for this game as well as the tournament’s outright winner odds.
“England action on the tourney winner was low and still is compared to previous tournaments,” Wattleworth told Covers. “However, with some results surprising over the weekend, we have seen more action come in on England. These tourneys so often throw up strange results, so really, surprise results shouldn’t be such a surprise.”
England opened at +162 for its opening Group D match with France, but injuries and suspensions moved the line to +200 just before the start of the tournament. England’s futures price tag has dropped from +1400 to + 1200, mainly due to Spain’s 1-1 draw with Italy Sunday. France’s outright odds have also moved from +1,000 to +800 with a lot of attention from the betting public.
Wattleworth believes the final of today’s game will have a lot to do with which team is able to stand the heat in the Ukraine. Current temperatures are around 31 degrees – 88 degrees Fahrenheit – which is a big change in climate for these two Western European teams.
Ukraine (+160) vs. Sweden (+188) (Draw +225)
Ukraine, one of the two host countries for Euro 2012, has received solid support from bettors taking a stab on the home side at +5,000 in the futures market. Poland, the other host nation, has come down from +6,600 to +5,000 following their 1-1 draw with Greece.
As for Monday’s Group D match, the money is relatively balanced, according to bet365.com. However, there is a slight lean toward Sweden in the hours heading into the second match of the day. More money is expected to come in after the first game concludes, which is the normal process for these types of tournaments.