Goal.com's regional betting editors from Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands talk about their nation's prospects in Poland and Ukraine this summer and give their tips
Spain are the favorites to win the title at Euro 2012. After conquering Euro 2008 and World Cup 2012, Vicente del Bosque´s soldiers arrive to Poland with the mentality of the champions.
Although two great players, Carles Puyol and David Villa are injured, the Spanish National team has talent to win his third title in a row.
With Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fábregas, David Silva and Juan Mata, maybe the best midfield of the world, “La Roja” will try to hide the lack of a top class goalscorer in Poland and Ukraine.
Fernando Llorente and Fernando Torres are not the best in the world, but they are good enough to score the goals considering the strength of the squad. Good players, the mentality of a winning team and hunger and anticiaption of making history. This is why we are backing Spain for Euro 2012 at 13/5 (3.60) with Paddy Power.
Seran van Gemert - Dutch Betting editor
"Fear of big teams is not an issue as Netherlands showed in Euro 2008 where they beat France and Italy in the group stage"
That same generation however, does feel this might be their last chance of winning a title. Players like Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are all 28 or 29 and in the prime of their footballing career.
It looks to be van Persie who has won the battle to lead the line and it's no surprise to see him at 12/1 (13.0) with Paddy Power for the top scorer prize.
The group stage draw saw the Oranje men placed in a tough with Germany, Portugal and Denmark. But fear of big teams is not an issue as they showed in Euro 2008 where they beat France and Italy in the group stage. And South America greats Brazil and Uruguay were defeated in 2010.
Van Marwijk’s men certainly know how the big stage feels. If they can stay focused and keep the team spirit high, who knows what’s in store for this side. They certainly have the talent to go one step further than 2010 and they are 13/2 (7.50) with Paddy Power to win Euro 2012.
Marco Avena - Italian Betting Editor
"The last two times that the Azzurri won an international tournament, the squad did so after difficult situations like the one that they are involved in now"
In recent weeks Italy has had to overcome many difficulties on the field in terms of injurys, but also a situation regarding the scandal of betting in Italian football. Group C is not too difficult though, and the chances of going through to the knockout stages are good.
The Italian team must be given a chance, albeit still an outside one, of victory. The last two times that the Azzurri won an international tournament (Spain 1982 and Germany 2006), the squad did so after difficult situations like the one that they are involved in now. Italy are 16/1 (17.0) to win with Paddy Power.
From my point of view, the team with the greatest chance of victory is Germany, they have a very talented squad that Joachim Low will ensure are well organised, despite their recent losses in friendly games.
For a top scorer tip, I'm going to go for Miroslav Klose, who may start ahead the in-form Mario Gomez and spearhead the German attack, you can back Klose at 16/1 (17.0) with Paddy Power.
Michael Scharsig - German Betting Editor
"In the last big tournaments the German side needed the group stage to work itself up into their best form for the final rounds"
If Bastian Schweinsteiger recovers in time, every team Germany face will have problems in keeping the ball and using possesion effectively.
Youngsters like Marco Reus or Mario Götze will start from the bench which shows the quality of the squad and that will be important if they progress to the later stages.
In the last big tournaments the German side needed the group stage to work itself up into their best form for the final rounds.
The form of Mario Gomez will be important after a good season with Bayern Munich he could get the topscorer prize.
Despite of his 26 Bundesliga goals - he has a strong competitor in Lazio Star Miroslav Klose who has traditionally been first choice and may start ahead of him, Klose is 16/1 (17.0) with Paddy Power for the Golden Boot.
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