Having successfully escaped the group stages, the eight remaining teams can start to think about next month's final. Al Hain-Cole considers which teams we may see lining up in KievWith the group stages behind us, we are now into the business end of Euro 2012. Where once there were 16, only eight sides remain and the teams left in the competition will be tentatively eyeing up a place in next month’s final.
As tournament favourites Germany and Spain sit on opposite sides of the draw, we could well be in for a crowd-pleasing repeat of the Euro 2008 final this year.
William Hill are offering odds of 9/4 (3.25) on Europe’s two highest ranked sides going toe-to-toe in Kiev on July 1 in a game that would be sure to entertain the neutrals.
Perhaps less entertaining would be a rematch of Greece’s infamous 2004 win over Portugal, although any desire Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. may harbour for revenge should be thwarted by the 50/1 (51.00) odds against both sides reaching the final.
Vicente del Bosque’s reluctance to field a traditional striker has cast some doubt over Spain’s chances in this tournament, and Iberian neighbours Portugal currently sit first in line to take advantage of any slip-ups.
You can get odds of 5/1 (6.00) on the 2004 runners-up facing off against last edition’s German runners-up, with both desperate to go one better this time.
It would take a brave man to bet on Germany falling before the last hurdle, but should Joachim Low’s men not make it all the way then an Italy-Spain final looks the most likely outcome at 8/1 (9.00).
England’s steady progress has led to an increased sense of optimism surrounding the national team, with some daring to dream of famous victories over Italy and Germany, sending Roy Hodgson’s men sailing into their first final in 46 years.
These English optimists can put their money on the Three Lions facing Spain in the final at odds of 9/1 (10.00), with Portugal at 14/1 (15.00), France at 16/1 (17.00) and the Czech Republic at 40/1 (41.00) also available.
Spain to face Germany in the final at 9/4 (3.25) with William Hill
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.
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