Euro 2016 - How to Win Big This Summer: Crazy Odds, Clever Bets & Interesting SpecialsPublished June 8, 2016
With Euro 2016 right around the corner, bookmakers across the country are gearing up for a month full of bizarre punts, whimsical predictions, and the potential rise of the underdog, as football fans attempt to win some extra holiday money this summer.
It seems that many bookies have learnt their lesson from Leicester City’s improbable 5,000/1 Premier League title win, but in what has been proclaimed ‘the year of the underdog’, could lightning strike twice at this year’s European Championships?
To inspire lucky fans, we’ve compiled some of the craziest outside bets ahead of the big kick-off.
Whilst hosts France, World Cup holders Germany, and reigning European champions Spain are seen as the favourites to lift the trophy in July, could we yet see a Leicester inspired shock.
The competition has some history in providing an unlikely winner, most notably Denmark in 1992 and Greece twelve years later in 2004. Could the twelve-year cycle continue? It seems like we are due another unforeseen winner.
First-time qualifiers Albania are rank outsiders with Bet365 at 500/1 and William at 300/1, but for a more ‘realistic’ bet you can get Romania to win the tournament at 200/1 with Ladbrokes, whilst it’s 40/1 on Austria to lift the trophy with Sky Bet.
Romania had the best defensive record of any side in qualification, conceding just two goals in 10 games, whilst Austria had the second highest points tally from the qualifying groups, winning nine out of 10 games.
Could either team be worth a punt?
Golden Boot winner
There are many leading candidates who could easily end up as the top goalscorer in France this summer, but as always in tournament football, there are lots of factors to take into account, with the most obvious factor being how far each team will progress.
Staying away from the obvious candidates, Eden Hazard’s 50/1 price with Betfred and BetVictor could be a real option. The 25-year-old may have just come off the back of a truly horrendous season for Chelsea, but there were signs towards the end of the campaign that Hazard was regaining his form, and after being named Belgium’s captain for the tournament, could the Chelsea talisman yet find redemption this year?
Other alternatives include Wales superstar Gareth Bale, who is priced at 50/1 with Paddy Power, whilst Austria’s Marko Arnautović is priced at 150/1 with Bet365, and with Austria being tipped to qualify from their group, this could be a crazy but bold punt.
Failure to qualify from the group stage
If this is indeed going to be the year of the underdog, then expect a major shock to take place during the group stages.
Hosts France, have arguably one of the easiest groups of the tournament, and are a whopping 50/1 with William Hill, not to reach the knockout stages, though admittedly this is pretty unimaginable.
A real interesting bet would be Spain at 25/1 with Paddy Power. The reigning European champions have a rather tricky group, which consists of Turkey, Czech Republic and Croatia, and head into the tournament off the back of a group stage exit at the World Cup only two years ago.
Spain certainly have the talent to go all the way in France, but could the decision to leave out the likes of Diego Costa, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres come back to haunt Vicente Del Bosque?
Home nations bets
This is the first tournament for 58-years with four Home Nations present, and if you back England and Wales to meet in the final – you can get 100/1 with Sky Bet.
A 100% record in qualifying has given Roy Hodgson’s side real momentum heading in to the tournament.
Whilst expectancy levels seem to be unusually low, compared to tournaments of years gone by, England supporters are rather optimistic about the future of the national team, with many fans claiming that this current core group of players is the most exciting squad the country has had at its disposal for a decade.
If you fancy a flutter on the Three Lions, then England to win Euro 2016 and Harry Kane to end up top goalscorer is 66/1 with William Hill. Can you really resist the temptation?
Competing in their first major tournament since 1986, Michael O’Neill’s side are the rank outsiders this summer, according to the bookies. With games against world champions Germany, dark horses Poland and an experienced Ukraine to come, the Irish are unlikely to escape their group, But If you’re feeling lucky, you can get 12/1 with Sky Bet on Northern Ireland to reach the quarter-finals.
Wales are playing in their first major tournament for 58 years, and in Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, they possess a weapon which trumps that of their home nations rivals. If you fancy the Madrid wizard to fire Wales to the unlikeliest of Euro triumphs, then you can get 250/1 on a winner/top goalscorer double with Ladbrokes.
Republic of Ireland may be hoping to spring a major surprise in France this summer, but after their rather unfavourable draw, it is highly unlikely that they will progress from their group. Martin O’Neil’s side have proved in qualifying that they’re capable of an upset, and you can never count the Irish out. You can back Ireland to qualify from their group at 11/10 with Sky Bet.
Marcus Rashford specials
The remarkable rise of young Marcus Rashford continues, after the 18-year-old was a shock inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad for the tournament.
How the United teenager will fit into the England set-up is unclear, but many are tipping the striker to be one of the surprises in France this summer.
If you fancy Marcus Rashford to shine on the world stage, then you can get 12/1 with Coral on the teenager to be England’s top scorer in France, or you can back the striker to score at any time during the tournament at 2/1 with Coral.