Canadians across the country will be switching national allegiances to the homes of our ancestors over the next month as the UEFA European Championship (better known as Euro 2016) begins Friday, June 10 in France.
If putting up your car flags and hitting the bars to watch some afternoon action isn’t enough for you, Euro 2016 betting should scratch you where you itch.
Online sportsbooks like Pinnacle, Bet365, Sports Interaction, Bodog and William Hill allow you to bet on one game at a time, and you can bet on anything from who will win the tournament to how many corner kicks there will be in a game.
For a lot of us, though, betting on international soccer is a guessing game.
To help you make up your mind on who to bet on during this year’s tournament, we’ve put together an eBook titled ‘The Ultimate Euro 2016 Betting Guide for Canadians.”
You can download the betting guide for free by visiting our Euro 2016 eBook page.
The guide will teach you how to bet on soccer and how to read soccer odds, tell you what the championship and Golden Boot odds are, and give you group-by-group Euro 2016 betting previews.
To wet your appetite, here’s an excerpt from the eBook: our Euro 2016 betting preview for Group A. Enjoy!
Group A Euro 2016 Betting Preview
Euro 2016 odds: 499 to 1
FIFA UEFA Ranking: 28
Player to Watch: Rey Manaj, striker – 19-year-old already drawing comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
This is Albania’s first appearance in the European Championship and realistically, not much is expected of this side. Expect the Albanians to use a compact formation that tries to limit its opponents’ chances as much as possible. If Albania can pick up a result or two in the group stage, this tournament would be considered a massive success.
Euro 2016 Odds: 3 to 1
FIFA UEFA Ranking: 10
Player to Watch: Paul Pogba, midfield – Won the Best Young Player of 2014 World Cup.
If France doesn’t make it to the semifinals, many will consider this tournament a disappointment for the host nation. That’s a lot of pressure, but this team has a good mix of youth and experience with Pogba and Anthony Martial leading the new wave and stalwarts like Patrice Evra solidifying the back line. If France stays healthy they should roll through the group stage easily and the path to the final four looks promising.
Euro 2016 Odds: 199 to 1
FIFA Ranking: 19
Player to Watch: Vlad Chiriches, defender – Romania’s captain and centre fullback is the heart of the team.
Romania’s strength comes from the back and they went through Euro 2016 qualifying unbeaten, which has their supporters eyeing a berth in the knockout stage. We won’t have to wait long to see how that defence measures up with Romania facing the host nation France in the tournament’s opening match on June 10. A win over Albania and a draw against France or Switzerland may be enough to get out of the group stage.
Euro 2016 Odds: 65 to 1
FIFA UEFA Ranking: 9
Player to Watch: Xherdan Shaqiri, midfield – Nicknames ‘Magic Dwarf’, ‘Alpine Messi’ and ‘Power Cube’ tell the story with Shaquiri.
Switzerland finished just behind England in Group E qualifying with an impressive record of 7- 0-3 while scoring 24 times in those 10 games. As long as Switzerland gets three points from their first game against Albania, they should be able to go through. This is an exciting team to watch in Group A, so expect some highlight finishes.