Three of the Craziest Outside Bets For Euro 2016

After Leicester City won the Premier League title at an incredible price of 5,000/1, the impossible suddenly seems possible in the world of elite football. Many will hope that the indefatigable spirit of the underdog into the upcoming Euros, especially with a number of minnows making their tournament debut in the new, 24-team format.

For those of a superstitious nature, it is also worth noting that we are due a surprise winner. After all, it was 24 years ago that Denmark won Euro ’92 after being called up as last minute replacements for Yugoslavia, while an unfancied Greece team triumphed in Portugal 12 year later.

After Leicester City won the Premier League title at an incredible price of 5,000/1, the impossible suddenly seems possible in the world of elite football. Many will hope that the indefatigable spirit of the underdog into the upcoming Euros, especially with a number of minnows making their tournament debut in the new, 24-team format.

For those of a superstitious nature, it is also worth noting that we are due a surprise winner. After all, it was 24 years ago that Denmark won Euro ’92 after being called up as last minute replacements for Yugoslavia, while an unfancied Greece team triumphed in Portugal 12 year later.

A further 12 years have passed, so now is the time for an underdog to rule Europe once more.

In this spirit, the Bethut team have sought out three of the craziest bets that may just come to fruition in Euro 2016. Here are our selections…

Sweden to win Euro 2016 at 100/1

If you are looking to back an outsider at Euro 2016, you are spoiled for choice with the tournament’s new 24-team format. Your choice will ultimately depend on how much you believe in the spirit of underdog, as while teams like Albania can be backed at 500/1 there are far more realistic prospects available.

Taking history into account, we recommend backing Sweden or Iceland to lift the European Championship crown. Iceland qualified impressive ahead of Holland and have the type of defensive organisation that served Greece so well in 2004, while they are also priced at 125/1. In terms of Sweden, their talisman Zlatan Ibrahamovic will be starring in his last major tournament, so they are well worth an outside wager at a price of 100/1.

Marcus Rashford or Kyle Lafferty as top goal scorer?

Back in 2004, the Czech Republic’s unheralded striker Milan Baros topped the goal scoring charts, and there is no telling as to who will claim the Golden Boot this time around. For those who like a true outside bet, Turkey’s attacking midfielder Arda Turan offers relative value at a staggering 300/1, as the Barcelona star certainly has an eye for goal and starred in the Turks run to the semi-finals in 2008.

From a striking perspective, how about backing Jamie Vardy to continue his meteoric rise at a fair 33/1? If not, youngster Marcus Rashford may appeal to you at 80/1, especially when you consider how a young and fearless Wayne Rooney plundered four goals in four games during his break-out tournament in 2004. Our own pick is Northern Ireland’s ‘man for the big occasion’ Kyle Lafferty, however, who tends to raise his game in competitive matches is priced at 250/1 and can earn you £1000 on a single, £5 stake.

Albania to reach the semi-finals

Thanks to the complex qualification criteria for the knockout stages of Euro 2016, it is quite possible that one of the numerous minnows could progress to the semi-finals. Our pick would be Albania, you could face a winnable game against Poland in the second round if they can secure second place in Group A behind France. From here, England, Wales, Russia or Slovakia could wait in the quarter-finals, creating a difficult but manageable path to the penultimate round.

You can back this at 40/1, so a simple, £10 bet could deliver a staggering £400 return!

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