Excitement is mounting for this summer’s French-hosted UEFA European Football Championships. Bookmakers like William Hill have some attractive odds for all sorts of aspects of the competition already, including predicting the outcomes of the individual pool fixtures. But what about the odds on who will progress furthest in the competition?
To Reach the Semi-Finals
This bet represents a great opportunity for predicting any one of the four teams that will make up the semi-finals. To be held in Lyon and Marseille on 6th and 7th July respectively, France are currently William Hill’s favourites, perhaps reflecting their home advantage. A wager placed on their current odds of 8 to 13 means that for a £10 bet you’d see a return of £6.15. Germany are next best placed at 10 to 11, followed by Spain at 11 to 8. For a £10 punt on either of those teams, you’d see a return of £9.09 or £13.75 respectively.
England and Belgium are both listed at 2 to 1 to make the semis, giving a £20 winning return for £10 bet. Remember that losing in the semi final does not matter with this sort of wager and that winning bets pay out following progression from the quarter-finals. You could also place an accumulator bet and try to get a better winning return !
Think you can successfully predict the champions who will raise the trophy on 10th July at the Stade de France? Unsurprisingly perhaps, France are favourites at 11 to 4, followed by Germany at 10 to 3. For a £20 wager on either of these two European giants, you’d get winnings of £55 or £66.66 respectively.
For longer odds, have a look at Hungary who are currently placed at 500 to 1. For £20 bet on them, you’d see a payout of £10,000! Spain, a country which has won the competition three times, is placed at 11 to 2 and may be worthy of a flutter. A £20 bet on them would see winnings of £110. Or how about Italy at 16 to 1? The same size of bet on the Azzuri could see you net £320 in winnings.
Wales, England and Northern Ireland all feature in this year’s competition. Of the home nations, England are favourites to win at 12 to 1, followed by Wales at 66 to 1 and then Northern Ireland at 250 to 1. A bet of £5 to win would see winnings of £60, £330 or £1,250 respectively, so don’t rule out the potential of supporting your home team. William Hill also offer current odds for when England might exit the championships.
The group stage is 6 to 1 while the second round is 13 to 8 which would generate winnings from a £10 stake of £60 or £16.25 respectively. Wales are priced at 3 to 1 to reach the final eight teams in the competition, whilst Northern Ireland at listed at 16 to 1 to make the same quarter-final stage. A £10 bet on Wales to achieve this would result in winnings of £30 and, for the same stake, you’d net an impressive £160 by betting on Northern Ireland to do the same.