Euro 2016 Hots Up

Following some shock Euro 2016 results in the group stages, there are no less than five former World Champions on one side of the draw.  England and Spain have both will both be regretting not being able to finish top of their groups. These teams gave have now drifted in the betting to Win Outright, with bet365 now pricing Spain at 11/2 (6.50) and England at 10/1 (11.0). Both of these prices have appeal though, especially given the insurance of the Penalty Payback promotion, which guarantees that if the team you back to win Euro 2016 is eliminated on penalties bet365 will refund your losing bet (terms and conditions apply).

Other teams heading the To Win Outright market include tournament hosts France at 4/1 (5.0), Germany at 9/2 (5.50), Belgium at 6/1 (7.0) and Croatia at 7/1 (8.0).

The last 16 draw has produced some really fascinating clashes and on Saturday we have the Swiss against the Polish to get things started, followed by an all-British clash when Wales and Northern Ireland meet before Croatia try to overcome Portugal in the evening. All of these games could realistically go either way, with no team from the three fixtures currently priced at odds-on to win in 90 minutes. Sunday’s action looks to be more predictable, with France up first against Republic of Ireland, Germany then facing Slovakia and finally Belgium up against Hungary. On Monday we have the tie of the round as Italy take on Spain, and that’s followed by England’s game against Iceland to round things off. A treble on Wales, Croatia and Belgium all to win in 90 minutes is priced at 7.74/1 (8.74), and looks a solid bet.

So far the Euro 2016 tournament has seen tightly-contested games and with the pressure increasing as we reach the knockout stage that’s unlikely to change. bet365 have reportedly already refunded £6m to customers from the four goalless matches in the group stages through the Bore Draw Money Back offer, which refunds all losing pre-match bets on selected markets.

For the knockout stages this means you can back the likes of Welsh wizard Gareth Bale to score first against Northern Ireland at 3/1 (4.0), West Ham forward Dimitri Payet to score first against Republic of Ireland at 5/1 (6.0).  Another interesting one is Cristiano Ronaldo to score first against Croatia at 15/4 (4.75), safe in the knowledge that your bet will be refunded if the game finishes goalless after 90 minutes.

There are also some very good things happening at William Hill for the Euros.  Check out their app here.