The EURO 2012 kicks-off, Friday June 8th, featuring 16 nations vying for the Henri Delaunay Trophy. This tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and July 1st 2012. EURO oddsmakers have Spain listed as 13/5 odds favorites to win the 2012 EURO Cup. Let’s take a look at the top three powerhouse favorites entering the 2012 EURO Cup. Be sure to make your 2012 EURO Cup predictions before the first match kicks-off.
Spain (13/5) are the 2008 Euro champions, 2010 World Cup winners and hot favourite to defend their title. Quality, class and chasing history – make no mistake, this is a footballing juggernaut. Xavi is the master puppeteer, Iker Casillas is a great keeper, defensively they are sound and Andres Iniesta is a match-winner.
The Germans (3/1) seemed to figure out whatever had been plaguing them at Euro by time the 2008 tournament rolled around. After a pair of failures to advance in 2000 and 2004, Germany got back to what its fans have come to expect: winning with precision. The turnover amongst the team’s core over the last decade has produced a skilled group of tacticians that may be the answer to Germany’s 16 year major title drought. Exceptionally talented players that couldn’t get it done, like Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn and the like are well in the rearview mirror now.
The Netherlands (7/1) had a tough tournament at Euro 2008. The team rolled through the opening round under former Dutch star Marco van Basten, beating Italy and France before resting several regulars and still beating Romania. At every major tournament, the Netherlands enters as one of the favourites, only to come apart at the seams. Beaten finalists in the 2010 World Cup, the Dutch will be hoping that they can go one better this time around, and hoist the trophy they won back in 1988. Back then it was the trio of van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard that led them to glory. In 2012, will it be the turn of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie to make history for the Dutch?
The Bottom Line: Spain will be hard to beat will all the skill and talent. Be sure to make your 2012 EURO Cup predictions before the first match kicks-off.
Euro 2012 – Outright Winner:
Czech Republic 50/1
Republic of Ireland 66/1
When: Friday, June 8th@9:00 AM ET
Pick: Spain or Netherlands
Point-Spreads recommends you check the EURO 2012 Odds before the first match.