The Best England Bets for Euro 2016
If you are an England fan, major international tournaments tend to start well before descending into chaos, failure and inevitable disappointment. You can at least alleviate the gloom with some fun and creative wagers, however, with today’s bookmakers having created a range of innovating betting markets to keep Three Lions’ fans entertained during the gloom!
So what are the best bets and markets being offered for the England team during the 2016 Euros? Here are some of our favourites…
England to exit on Penalties: 4/1
Including Euro ’96, England have exited the Championships on penalties during three of their last four appearances. After Germany dumped the Three Lions out on home soil 20 years ago, England have been beaten by Portugal (2004) and Italy (2012) either side of not qualifying at all in 2008.
You would therefore think that another penalty exit is odds-on, but some bookmakers are offering a generous 4/1 that history will repeat itself again in France. This offers outstanding value, and if England are going to experience penalty heartache you may at least make some money out of it, right?
Could we see an All-Home Nation final: 125/1
While this in not technically an England bet, you would hope that the Three Lions would be at least one of the teams competing in an all-home nation final. This is available at the tantalising odds of 125/1 with some bookmakers, with the complex nature of group stage qualification making almost every scenario possible in the later rounds.
This is a fun little wager, while the prospect of England playing the Republic, Wales or Northern Ireland is extremely exciting. In fact, it almost makes you wish that Scotland had qualified and made the trip too!
Marcus Rashford as England’s top scorer: 11/1
This is our own particular favourite, especially given Rashford’s obvious talent and apparent nervelessness. The young Mancunian has already scored on his European, EPL and international débuts since launching his career in February, so the chances of him hitting the net on his first tournament appearance are very high indeed.
Remember, Wayne Rooney struck four times in four games as a fearless youngster in Euro 2004, so why can’t Rashford do the same? At 11/1 to be England’s top scorer (and 66/1 to win the Golden Boot outright), he has to be worth a cheeky wager one way or another?
If not, take Dele Alli at 12/1, as the free-scoring Tottenham prodigy has enough talent and aptitude to trouble Europe’s best defences.