Can you feel the excitement England?
Tonight is the night where, here in Blighty, Euro 2012 properly gets underway. Unfortunately, nobody seems that excited about it.
June 11th, 2012
Oh sure, people will be sneaking out of the office early to the local pub, but the England class of 2012 hasn’t captured the imagination of the patriotic, chest thumping types that will try to convince anyone who’ll listen that “we’re gunna win it” despite lots of evidence to the contrary.
In fact, then whole idea of England being in Poland and Ukraine has been met with a giant “meh” from much of the public. After all, it’s quite hard to get excited about an unexcitable manager and a team of unexciting players… and Martin Kelly… and Stewart Downing,… and Glen Johnson… and Jordan Henderson… and Andy Carroll.
But never fear, because if ‘Brave England’, led by ‘England’s Brave John Terry’, manage to sneak as much as a fortuitous point tonight in Donetsk, we’re bound to win the whole thing. Sweden and Ukraine will be no match for the might of the Three Lions and Spain, Germany and the rest will tremble at the prospect of playing England. Go England!
But what do the bookies think? Well, despite England and France players doing the whole “we’re not the favourites, they are” thing, the best price of 8/5 on France with BetVictor makes the French the favourites, with England available at a best of 13/5 with Stan James. The stalemate is a general 21/10.
The odds aren’t surprising, with Laurent Blanc’s men coming into the match with a 21-match unbeaten record behind them – a far cry from the disaster of the 2010 World Cup.
So other than a France victory, where is the value? Well, in keeping with the “Hodgson teams are hard to beat” cliché, we’re going to go with <2.5 goals at 1.47 on Betfair and look to trade out later in the game. France have scored goals of late but they’ve played relatively weak opposition in their last three (Serbia, Iceland and Estonia), whilst four of England’s last five have ended with a 1-0 score line.