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2008 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

By SPORTSBETTING.COM

The 2008 Euro Championship takes place Sunday in Austria as Spain and Germany square off in the final. Spain is favored to win the championship and bettors agree so far. Bettors like Spain and over in early betting action.

Hard to believe that over a month has past since we penned our first Euro 2008 article and hard to believe that another edition of the European championship is at an end.

Upstart Turkey’s journey came to a halt after they were defeated by Germany 3-2 and the Russians were soundly beat 3-0 by Spain in the semifinals setting up a marquee matchup with two elite soccer nations.

In Austria-Switzerland, the Germans have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride.

After defeating Poland 2-0 to open up the tourney, Germany lost 2-1 to the Croatians; barely beat Austria 1-0 before winning back-to-back shootouts 3-2 to Portugal and Turkey.

Spain’s Euro 2008 outings were bookended by blowouts of Russia (4-1 in the opener and, of course, the 3-0 shutout in the semis) and in between came wins against Sweden and Greece (both by 2-1) and a shootout victory over the Italians in the quarter-finals.

This figures to be a good championship game with both teams having the ability to score. Spain is a small favorite at odds of 2.30 (+130).

SPORTSBETTING.COM is offering separate odds to win with the German side listed at 5-4 (+125) and the Spanish side at 4-7 (-175).

The betting public has tabbed Spain as their favorite as well, with the Spanish side receiving 61% of the action coming in.

Total bettors might want to take note that during this European championship the Over has been a profitable play, including four of the six in the quarter and semifinal games going Over the number—Spain has an Over/Under record of 4-1-0, with Germany 3-2 and both teams are ranked 1-2 in goals scored respectively.

The Total has been set at 2.5 for Sunday’s game. The early action is favoring the Over, with 66% of all the volume backing three or more goals will be scored.

SPORTSBETTING.COM is also offering proposition bets for the final, including top goal scorer.

The top goal scorer could be up for grabs as Spanish forward David Villa, who sits atop the scoring list with 4 goals, left the semifinal match against Russia with what is being called a “a muscular problem” and was replaced by substitute Cesc Fabregas.

Reports indicate that Fabregas could start in Villa’s place in Sunday’s championship—the Spanish midfielder has tallied one goal and set up David Silva’s goal in the semifinal against Russia that put the team up 3-0.

Germany’s Lukas Podolski could tie or even overtake the Villa for the goal lead as Podolski sits with 3 goals and unlike Villa, will definitely be seeing action on Sunday.

German captain Michael Ballack, forward Miroslav Klose, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and Spanish F Daniel Güiza all have two goals each and could take the lead with a hat trick but that probably isn’t likely.

It’s been a great Euro tournament with quite a few goals and it looks like the championship game will be a blast with Spain and Germany.

Check out SPORTSBETTING.COM for all the Euro 2008 Finals lines.

Enjoy the game and have a good weekend.

 

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