Euro 2012 Overall Betting Recap at Bovada
The Spanish soccer team made history over the weekend at Euro 2012 as La Roja smashed Italy 4-0 in the championship match Sunday to become the first club to ever to bookend a World Cup championship (2010) with two Euro Cup triumphs (2008, 2012). Certainly Spain, the only team to ever repeat at the European Championship, now has to be on any short list of best teams in history.
Spain opened as the 13/5 favorite at the book to win Euro 2012 but was passed slightly by Germany after group play - the Germans were the only side to claim a perfect nine points in group play. The Germans were at 11/5 on the futures odds entering the quarterfinals and then 3/2 entering their semifinal match vs. Italy, which ended in a surprising 2-1 final for the Italians. They had opened the tournament at 12/1 to win Euro 2012 and had tied Spain 1-1 in group play.
That Italy-Germany semifinal was one of the top results of the tournament for the book with almost 74 percent of the action on Germany at pick'em on the goal line (-330) and -140 on the moneyline. The over two goals was a win for players, with more than 71 percent of the action on that.
Spain's 0-0 win over Portugal (which opened at 18/1 to win the tournament) via penalty shootout in the semis was the book's biggest win of the tournament. The goal line was a pick'em, with Portugal taking more than 60 percent of the action. Spain took a 70 percent lean on the moneyline at -120 but less than six percent of the action was on a regulation draw. Even the total was a win for the book with nearly 66 percent taking the over two goals.
The championship match was likely over as soon as Spain took a 1-0 lead on a David Silva header in the 14th minute as Spain had won an incredible 70 matches (dating to 2006) when taking the lead entering that match. The result was a mixed bag for the book. Players won on the goal line, with Spain at pick'em (-185) taking more than 55 percent of the action. And the over two goals took a 60 percent lean. But Italy actually took a slight lean on the moneyline at 42 percent at +230. The book also won on Spain's futures odds to win because the odds were so short (7/4 entering the semifinals) and Germany took such big action after its group play domination. In fact, Spain's futures would have been the best result of any country after group play.
Spain was very good for players in its 2-0 quarterfinal match victory over France as that was the No. 1 overall victory for bettors on any match. Other top results for players: Portugal's 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic and Germany's 4-2 win over Greece, both in the quarterfinals.
The most popular player prop of the book was on the tournament's top goalscorer and that ended in a tie with three goals by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (9/4), Spain's Fernando Torres (5/1; he scored in the championship match to become the first player to score in two European Championship finals), Germany's Mario Gomez (7/4 favorite), Italy's Mario Balotelli (50/1), Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (33/1) and Russia's Alan Dzagoev (28/1). That prop proved to be a big win for the book.
Despite Spain's international dominance of late, it is not the favorite to win another World Cup in two years in Brazil. While Spain is at 9/2, the host country is at 7/2. The last host country to win the World Cup is France in 1998.
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