EURO 2012 Quarter Finals Betting Odds
The Euro2012 Quarter Finals begin June 21st with eight teams still in the hunt. The Quarters will last four days; each day there will be one game to see who will move to the Semi Finals. The first game sees Portugal take on the Czech Republic, then Germany and Greece, then Spain and France, and finally, England against Italy.
Portugal versus Czech Republic (Point Spread: 1 favoring Portugal). Cristiano Ronaldo has suddenly turned hot on the eve of the Quarter Finals. Scoring two goals in Portugal’s final Group Stage game, Ronaldo’s play is keeping spirits high on the Portugal squad. Anecdotes from Portugal’s practices show that the team is still focused on an attacking centric game. Portugal has consistently put the same eleven players on the field and they have all stayed healthy. This consistency has forced Portugal’s starters to learn to adapt their style to each new opponent, a sure plus moving forward. The Czechs are fully aware of Portugal’s dramatic style of play and believe this will be a game they too will enjoy playing. Some concerns have been voiced about the quality of goalkeeping for the Czechs.
Germany versus Greece (Point Spread: 1.5 favoring Germany with -350 moneyline on the spread). Germany is preparing for a tough fight from Greece, expecting them to defend hard with fewer attackers at first. However, more often than not, at Euro, Greece has fallen to Germany. Germany has been criticized in this tournament for not guarding its corner routes well on defense. On the positive side Germany has been blessed with great depth but has not needed it thus far. On the Greek side players have openly admitted they are in contact with club teammates who have played for Germany to try to find an inside scoop to prop up their chances of a win. Look for Greece to play with more passion and flair than Germany, hoping to catch the Germans, who have played less aggressively in this tournament, unprepared. Another reason to expect a great match is the simple fact that neither team has ever lost a quarter final match at the European Championship.
Spain versus France (Point Spread: 1.5 favoring Germany with -123 moneyline on the spread). Spain has managed to pull out some great wins during the Group Stage despite failing to live up to the very high expectations they carried coming into the tournament. Spain is very good at finding each other on the field and finding the most open player. Furthermore, if Spain gets behind in the match, history shows they excel at finding ways to score in the last minutes of the match. France has been all over the map through the years, sometimes fantastic, sometimes terrible. Laurent Blanc, French head coach, is hoping France’s loss to Sweden will serve as a wake-up call to his team. There will likely be some switches coming this game on the French side to optimize their attack and cover potential injuries such as Yohan Cabaye’s thigh.
England versus Italy (Point Spread: UNPOSTED). England’s strength is its defense and its goalkeeping. Their offense is not pretty but it has been enough to finish the task at hand. From this tenacity a better team is emerging than that which entered the tournament. So while still not a championship contending group, England will probably have what it takes to grind out a win over a lackluster Italy. If England can shut down Italy’s Andrea Pirlo they stand an even better chance of success. Italy will be depending on Mario Balotelli to keep the heat on but will have to do without centre-back Giorgio Chiellini due to a hamstring injury.
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