Chelsea’s victory in last weekend’s Champions League finale in Munich mean the domestic season is over and everyone in England can get way too optimistic about the national team’s chances at Euro 2012. The tournament is a mere two weeks away and with the country likely to go into a frenzy of over-optimism imminently we decided to ask the gambling industry what they thought of England’s chances.
Out in front with 27 percent of the vote were the valiant Lions bowing out in the semi finals. We didn’t specify whom England will go out to and you’ve got to think that it’ll be either Portugal or Germany on penalties. That is the way it usually pans out. More about that later.
Andy Carroll being on the plane, and the cheap price of beer in Poland and Ukraine, make it no surprise 21 percent think it will all be marred by a drunken frolics. It’s what those frolics might entail which fascinates us.
Next up comes one of the most likely ends to the tournament in the mind of anyone that doesn’t let themselves get too caught up in the whole occasion – stumbling through the group and out to the Irish. That polled 19 percent and is obviously also under the premise that the Irish – and English –make it through the group.
This is reflected in the next answer – lose all three games – which also took 19 percent of those voting. We don’t have Rooney for the first two after all.
England winning the tournament isn’t a realistic outcome according to most in the iGaming industry with just 12 percent thinking Roy Hodgson’s men will succeed and 2 percent the boys in white, or navy blue, will bow out in the final, on penalties, to the Germans.
There you have it. By our reckoning England will be out in the semis and celebrate it with one momentous piss up. This week we ponder which ‘new’ Asian casino will be the biggest in the future.