The Group stages of the 2012 EURO Cup are done as we now head into the Knockout Rounds, Thursday June 20th. The remaining countries are Germany, Spain, Italy, England, Portugal, France, Czech Republic and Greece. EURO oddsmakers have Spain (12/5) and Germany (11/5) as favorites to win the 2012 EURO Cup. Be sure to make your 2012 EURO Cup Predictions before the Knockout Round begins.
Germany (11/5) emerges from the group stage as the heavy favourite. The Germans are the only squad to head into the knock-out stage with a 3-0 record. The feat is all the more impressive, when you look at the teams they topped along the way. The Germans have finished no worse than third in their previous three international tournaments but had not gone 3-0 in group play since the 2006 World Cup on home soil.
Spain (12/5) are the defending champions and they posted good results, finishing unbeaten at 2-0-1. However, apart from beating the overmatched Irish team, they managed just one goal in both their defeat of Croatia and their draw with Italy. No defending Euro champ has made it even as far as the semifinals since 1992, so if Spain is to repeat, they might need their offence to click against an experienced France squad in the quarter-finals.
England (15/2) was was without superstar Wayne Rooney through the first two matches of the tournament and drew against France, scrambled to come back after falling behind Sweden and won a controversial victory over Ukraine after apparently conceding the tying marker.
Portugal (7/1) awoke after an opening loss to Germany with its offence firing on all cylinders. The team withstood a late charge against Denmark before Cristiano Ronaldo awoke to beat the Dutch almost single-handedly. Portugal has made the semifinals in two of the last three Euros, which does not bode well for their first-round opponents from the Czech Republic.
Italy (7/1) once again left qualification down to the wire, but was able to advance thanks to a highlight-reel insurance mark from Mario Balotelli and a Spanish victory over Croatia. The Italians have been less than stellar since their 2006 World Cup win, going a combined 2-3-5 in the three tournaments since, but the team has always had a knack for stepping it up when the games matter most. They may have stopped Spain’s title run in 2008 had it not been for Iker Casillas’ penalty-saving prowess.
The Bottom Line: Spain or Germany, but their could be a surprise final appearance from England. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best EURO Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get EURO Picks Free!
Odds to win 2012 EURO Cup:
Czech Republic 40/1
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