After yesterday’s draw for the 2012 UEFA European Championships, which will be held in Poland and Ukraine this summer, England have been trimmed by the bookmakers to a best price of 11.00 (Stan James). Spain remain the firm favourites, available to back at no bigger than 3.50.
The bookmakers consider England’s draw to have been favourable, having avoiding the likes of Germany, Holland and tournament favourites Spain, and reacted accordingly by trimming them to no bigger than 11.00, with William Hill going as short as 8.00 from 12.00.
Graham Sharpe, PR man for William Hill, said of the Euro 2012 draw: “England have been handed a decent draw and we have cut their odds from 12.00 pre draw”.
Defending champions Spain are no bigger than 3.50 (SportingBet, Paddy Power), while Germany are ranked second favourites at a best price of 4.50 (Paddy Power, Unibet). World Cup runners up Holland are rated third favourites, priced no bigger than 9.00 (bwin, Unibet) and England find themselves rated as fourth favourites.
England’s opening Euro 2012 tie will be against old foes France in Donetsk on June 11th, with England no bigger than 2.70 (Boylesports) for victory. France can be backed at 3.00 (Unibet) with the draw a best priced 3.20 (Boylesports).
The opening fixture of the 2012 UEFA European Championships will be between co-hosts Poland and 2004 winners Greece, in Warsaw on June 8th. Poland are considered favourites for the tie by the bookmakers, at a best price of 2.50 (Ladbrokes), with Greece available to back at a best price of 3.65 (bwin). The draw is no bigger than 3.30 (Unibet).
Ireland have been handed a really tough draw, alongside Croatia, Italy and the defending champions Spain, which saw most bookmakers push their price out. The Irish are now no bigger than 101.00 (Victor Chandler, Ladbrokes).
William Hill have already opened a book on which player will finish as Euro 2012 top scorer, with Darren Bent (26.00) the shortest priced England player. Rooney is considered to be a 34.00 shot, along with Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck, while Theo Walcott is rated a 51.00 chance.
David Villa (Spain) and Mario Gomez (Germany) are joined favourites to finish as top scorer, priced at 8.00, with Dutchman Robin Van Persie priced at 11.00 and Cristiano Ronaldo at 13.00.
Here is the full draw for the 2012 UEFA European Championships:
Republic of Ireland