Euro 2012 Preview

The wait is finally over as Euro 2012 kicks off later today. Sixteen European nations are set to battle it out in Poland and Ukraine to see who will be the kings of Europe. In this blog you will see our best bets from each group and who we fancy to win the Euros outright. It will include its fair share of statistics and don’t be surprised to see a few shocks along the way.

A lot of the groups this year look fairly straightforward but Group A doesn’t follow this pattern. With the hosts Poland involved its always hard to determine if it will help or hinder their chances in progressing. The group consists of some of the lowest ranked nations in Europe but there are still some quality players on offer and if any shock is going to happen it may well come from Group A.

Russia have endured a positive preparation to the tournament winning their qualifying group, unbeaten in their last fourteen games. Not only do they have a solid team with the likes of Kerzhakov, Zhirkov, Arshavin and Pogrebnyak but a strong squad as well with a tough defence and destructive forward line.

Key Player Alex Kerzhakov – His physical presence makes him a real handful. He scored 23 goals in 32 games this season for Zenit and has 18 goals in 60 caps for Russia. With some of the opposition being a bit weaker than most he could score quite a few.

Predicted Group Finish – 1st

Poland could be one of the surprise packages of the tournament and not just because they have a home advantage. They have a good recent record losing just 1 of their last 12 games and haven’t conceded in the last 5. They also have a host of Dortmund players who if transferring their league form to international level could make Poland a good prospect to get out of the group.

Key Player Robert Lewandowski – Only 23 years old and has a winners medal in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. He had a great season for them and was key to them winning the league scoring 22 in 34 games.

Predicted Group Finish – 2nd

This Czech doesn’t have the experience you would come to expect from teams of the past. This is a very young team and will definitely improve with the experience gained at this tournament. In the build up to this tournament they lost to Hungary which doesn’t bode well for them.

Key Player Peter Cech – One of the best keepers in the world. He showed how good he was in the Champions League final. He will be key if the Czech Republic are going to progress.

Predicted Group Finish – 3rd

Surprise winners in 2004, we can’t see them surprising many this year. Greece only have a handful of players left from 2004 and this side doesn’t have much strength and depth. They do keep plenty of clean sheets but may struggle to progress by ‘parking the bus’.

Key Player Sotiris Ninis – A player for the future who should be fairly fresh as he has missed quite a bit of the season due to injury. He is very quick and skilful and could be hard to deal with.

Predicted Group Finish – 4th

Group A Bets –

Russia to win the group – 6/4

Poland to qualify from the group – 4/5

Russia – Poland Straight forcast – 5/1

Russia – Poland reverse forecast – 9/4

Alex Kerzhakov top group A scorer – 13/2

The ‘group of death’ as everyone is calling it. One thing is for sure this will be one of the most exciting groups at this years Euros. The number of world class players in this group is simply going to make this the group to watch.

The runners up in the 2010 World Cup will be looking to go one better in this tournament and they have a great chance. They have the best attacking line up in this years competition. They scored a whopping 37 goals in 10 qualifying games. They have a great squad with goals coming from a number of sources. We see them having a fantastic chance of winning.

Key Player Klaas Jan Huntelaar – This was a tough call between Van Persie and Huntelaar but we think Van Persie will play wide and supply Huntelaar who is prolific in-front of goal. He has scored 29 in the 32 games in the league and 31 in 53 for Holland (including 12 in qualifying)

Predicted Group Finish – 1st

Germany have a very well balanced team and will have come on a lot since their good performance in the World Cup. They won 10 out of 10 games in qualifying and should do well once again. The only issue we have with Germany is the fact they have only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 10 games which isn’t a good sign with Spain and Holland around.

Key Player Mario Gomez- In years gone by Klose would have been written in this space but Gomez has really stepped it up and Klose will have to settle for a place on the bench this year. Gomez scored 26 in the 30 games for Bayern this season and has scored 22 in the 52 games for Germany.

Predicted Group Finish – 2nd

Portugal usually play well in most of the big tournament but we feel they will struggle this year. With the exception of Ronaldo who has been fantastic this season Portugal’s squad is a lot weaker than the above two nations. They have won only 1 of their last 6 and were swept aside by Turkey 3-1 last week.

Key Player Cristiano Ronaldo – He has scored a phenomenal 46 in 38 games for Madrid this season and any hope Portugal have will be solely reliant on this fella.

Predicted Group Finish – 3rd

This is a young Danish squad but they couldn’t of asked for harder group. We could of given them a chance in some of the other groups but we can’t see them finishing anywhere other than propping up Group B.

Key Player Cristian Eriksen – At the age of 20 this kid will be a big player in the future for Denmark. He put in some great performances in the Europa League this season and definitely someone to keep an eye on.

Predicted Group Finish – 4th

Group B Bets –

Holland to win the group – 2/1

Holland – Germany straight forecast – 4/1

Huntelaar to be top scorer in group B – 10/1

This group looks like the a fight for 2nd place as Spain will surely take top spot. The fight for 2nd is wide open with all 3 nations having different reasons why they could take it.

The current holders and World Champions will be bang their at the end of the tournament. They are vey consistent, winning all 10 qualifiers scoring 26 goals and conceding just 6. They should win this group fairly comfortable. The only issues we have are that key players Puyol and Villa are missing. This leaves them with a dilemma of which striker to start and a slightly weaker defence. Still they we will see them getting the final.

Key Player David Silva – Since joining Man City he has had a lot more opportunities for Spain. Despite only scoring 18 goals in 58 internationals, he is not playing in an advanced role and is regularly on the scoresheet of late. Could be a nice price to be top group scorer with Spain potentially rotating strikers.

Predicted Group Finish – 1st

Trapattoni have made Ireland very hard to beat, they are unbeaten since March 2011. He has dramatically improved their defence and this has paid off on the pitch. The squad is very experienced and we think they will surprise quite a few. They have beaten Italy in their last 3 matches which will stand them in good stead to have a crack a getting out of the group.

Key Player Robbie Keane – He may be getting on a bit now but he is prolific goalscorer for Ireland. He has scored 56 in 116 games for Ireland and we expect him to add to that here.

Predicted Group Finish – 2nd

This could be one of Italy’s hardest tournaments for many years. They come into Euro 2012 losing their last 3 games and were beaten easily by Russia 3-0 last week. The loss of Cassano and Rossi is huge as they have contributed the vast number of Italy’s goals in reactant years. They didn’t do too bad in qualifying but we feel that was a fairly easy group. They may struggle to get out of this group.

Key Player Mario Balotelli – Quirky character who will be a striker for the future for Italy. He has a great chance to make his mark for Italy with the above players out injured and he has shown this season he is more then capable of scoring goals and is always great to watch….

Predicted Group Finish – 3rd

They have a good squad but may struggle in this group. They did only lose 2 in qualifying but are missing some good players especially Olic. They are capable of getting a few draws but it may not be enough.

Key Player Nikica Jelavic – With Olic injured he will have a good chance to gain a permanent place in the squad. He was excellent for Everton this season scoring 9 in 13.

Predicted Group Finish – 4th

Group C Bets –

Italy not to qualify from group – 6/5

Spain – Ireland straight forecast – 9/1

David Silva top scorer in Group C – 20/1

Winning this group is key as it is very likely the team that finishes 2nd will face the World Champions SPAIN!

After a disgraceful World Cup 2010 Laurent Blanc has drastically changed this French side to make them a real threat to all. They are unbeaten since September 2010 and have beaten both Germany and Brazil since qualifying for this tournament. We think the squad they have is far stronger than anyone else in this group.

Key Player Karim Benzema – Very much in the shadows of Ronaldo at Madrid but has a great record this season scoring 21 in 34 league games.

Predicted Group Finish – 1st

As much as we would love England to win it, we think the squad isn’t good enough to win this. Pressure on the squad is lower than usual with so many key players missing and Rooney unavailable until the Ukraine game. The defence looks to be the strongest part of this England team with the attacking presence not looking that prolific on paper. England have won 4 of their last 5 games 1-0.

Key Player Ashley Young – He has been playing up the middle for England looks one of the better attacking players scoring 6 in his last 10 for England.

Predicted Group Finish – 2nd

Sweden don’t have a bad side at all and come into the tournament on the back of 4 wins in friendlies. They only lost 2 qualification games one of which was against Holland who they beat in the reverse fixture. Sweden did lose to England in November and we think they will come up 2nd best again.

Key Player Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Has shown this season he can be virtually unplayable at times. Has a good scoring record for club and country. He has score 28 in 32 for Miland and 31 in 77 for Sweden.

Predicted Group Finish – 3rd

Being the host nation they have only played in friendlies lately and they have played some poor opposition. They lost to Austria in one of those friendlies which doesn’t bode well for them. They have also had a disrupted preparation with most of the squad going down with food poisoning. Even being the host nation won’t be enough to get them out of the group.

Key Player Andriy Yarmolenko – Relatively new to the squad with 29 caps to his name. Has had a good season for Kiev scoring 12 in 28 games and could be one of Ukraine’s future prospects.

Predicted Group Finish – 4th

Group D Bets –

France to win the group – 8/5

France – England straight forecast – 4/1

Benzema to be top scorer in Group D – 4/1

Tournament Bets –

Holland to win Euro 2012 – 13/2

Finalists – Holland/Spain – 14/1

Top Goalscorer bets –

Benzema – 12/1ew

Huntelaar – 18/1ew

Kerzhakov – 40/1ew

Winner/Top Goalscorer Doubles –

France/Benzema – 33/1

Holland/Huntelaar – 50/1

Spain/Silva 80/1


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One response to “Euro 2012 Preview

  1. Shane Kelly

    Good reading, I think goal difference could play a big part in some the group games and unlike other tournaments I think the final group game could be very inportant especially in Group’s B and D.

    My group forecasts are:

    Group A: Russia Group B: Germany Group C: Spain Group D: France
    Czech Rep Holland Croatia England
    Greece Denmark Italy Sweden
    Poland Portugal Ireland Ukraine

    Bets I have placed:

    Ibrahimovic, Silva & Ribery Top Goalscorers each @ 50/1

    Name the semi-finalist: France, Germany, Spain & Holland @ 18/1

    Let me know your thoughts


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