Euro 2012 Group D will be the focus for many punters with England being drawn in this group but they don’t face an easy task in a cagey looking group. Euro 2012 Group D also contains France, Sweden, and joint hosts Ukraine and with many close matches likely, the ValueChecker Wikis should help locate the best bets on each match.
The England ValueChecker wikis show that the goalscorer betting could provide some good bets for England’s group matches. England tend to share the goals about the team but Darren Bent and Ashley Young have good records of scoring the last goal in competitive matches. In qualifying for Euro 2012 both players scored three goals and two of those for each player were the last goals of the game. Darren Bent and Ashley Young could be good value in the last goalscorer betting. Ashley Young could also be a player to follow in the first goalscorer betting. Two thirds of his goals in Euro 2012 qualifying were also the first goals in the match which could be good news for first goalscorer backers of Young in the future as he is often the price of a midfielder in the goalscoring markets.
It is also worth noting that England are often more prolific in front of goal in the first half of games compared to the second half. In Euro 2012 qualifying England scored almost twice as many goals in the first half of games (11) than the second half (6) and that helped them to win the first half on six of their ten matches. Expect England to score more goals in the first half of matches and be a decent bet to be winning at half time.
The goalscorer markets are also worth noting in France games according to the France ValueChecker wikis. Karim Benzema doesn’t have an amazing goalscoring record for his country but his first goalscorer record is worth noting. In Euro 2012 qualifying Benzema scored just three goals in seven games which is insignificant but all three of those goals were the first goal of the match. He didn’t score the last goal in any qualifiers. Benzema might not offer great value to score anytime or certainly last but instead should be backed to score first in France’s competitive matches.
There might also be a lack of goals in many France matches at Euro 2012, which could again make the first goalscorer betting better value than anytime. France’s recent matches have often been very low scoring. During qualifying for Euro 2012 France scored just fifteen goals in ten games and they conceded just four goals. Eight of France’s matches finished with under 2.5 goals which is quite significant and Under 2.5 goals looks one of the best bets in France’s competitive matches.
As for the Sweden ValueChecker wikis, they show that Sweden score and concede plenty of goals. During their ten Euro 2012 qualifying matches Sweden scored 31 goals and conceded 11 goals. That resulted in nine out of ten matches containing over 2.5 goals, six of which went over 3.5 goals. Over 2.5 goals should be a good bet in most of Sweden’s competitive matches whilst over 3.5 should also appeal unless playing against tight opposition.
The second half of Sweden matches should be higher scoring than the first half of their matches. Sweden scored a lot of goals in Euro 2012 qualifying but almost two thirds of them (20 out of 31) came in the second half of their matches. It is also worth noting that Sweden kept seven first half clean sheets but only five second half clean sheets so they should also concede more in the second half. Look for outcomes and in running bets in Sweden’s forthcoming matches that feature more goals in the second half of their matches.