Romania Favorite to Progress in Euro 2008Published June 17, 2008 by OCR Editor
World Cup finalists France and Italy staring down the barrel of an early exit, according to bookmakers.
Tonight's final round of matches in Group C of the Euro 2008 football championships provides plenty of betting options, with all four teams still alive in the tournament.
With Holland having already clinched top spot in the group on the back of stunning 3-0 and 4-1 victories against pre-tournament favorites France and Italy, attention now turns to who will claim the second and final spot to progress to the quarter-finals.
France and Italy, locked on one point each, will both be playing for a result, ensuring that this match could turn out to be just as interesting as the World Cup final of two years ago, when Italy won on penalties after the infamous sending-off of French captain Zinedine Zidane.
Romania, on two points after being considered pre-tournament to be mere minnows in this "group of death", is now in the box seat, and has the odds to prove it. UK bookmaker Sporting Bet has Romania listed odds-on favorite to progress at 7/10, while Ladbrokes is quoting 4/6.
Italy is 13/5 to finish second in the group and France 3/1 with both betting agencies.
The group stage of Euro 2008 ends tomorrow night with Russia and Sweden both fighting to join Spain in the quarter-finals. Reigning European champion Greece has already been eliminated from this tournament.