There are plenty of questions that remained unanswered for Euro 2012 but where to take your custom if you’re planning to have a bet on either England or Ireland’s first game is far more certain.
The answer? Paddy Power.
The extravagant Irish firm are, in true Paddy Power-style, offering some fantastic cash back offers throughout the European Championships – starting with both England’s and Ireland’s first group games.
England, who have a tricky tie against Group D favourites France on Monday 11 June, are rated by the markets as just 17/10 to land the spoils.
In fact, Paddy Power can’t separate the two teams in the market with France also trading at 17/10.
This makes their offer of refunding all bets up to £100 on First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match, very appealing.
As an example, if you fancy Andy Carroll to score first in the game, and he doesn’t, but England managed to win the game, your stake will be refunded.
This is an offer that gives punters a big back-up policy on their bets, or an insurance, that if their selection on one of the aforementioned markets doesn’t come in, then England can get them out of jail by winning the game.
Paddy obviously don’t think England are as their odds suggest and are willing to take them on, but with Roy Hodgson in charge and no pressure on the shoulders of the players, England look a tasty bet to beat the French.
At almost 2/1, there are plenty of punters who are underestimating the threat of England this tournament, and that price is sure to be much shorter for their following games should England beat Laurent Blanc’s side.
The same offer also applies for Ireland’s first game in the tournament versus Croatia in Group C.
This is bound to be popular with plenty of patriotic punters that bet with Paddy Power, as the Croatia game is Ireland’s most winnable game in the Group with fixtures against Spain and Italy to come.
At 5/2 that price looks too big to miss and with a fervent Irish support behind them, Trapattoni’s men could be the value to beat their Croatian oppponents and take command of Group C in their opening game.