Eng-ger-land Memorial Stream - Bet 1

England finally get their Euro 2012 campaign started this afternoon against the French in the cheerful holiday town of Donetsk. And while most intelligent observers don’t think ‘Roy’s Boys’ have a chance in hell, 20steps has a long history of non-intelligent observations to keep up.

Hodgson has a deserved reputation for making his teams devastatingly hard to beat and England also boast an impressive 6 clean sheets in the last 8 games. A run that includes that fine 1-0 win against Spain. France are also notoriously slow starters at major tournaments not having been victorious in their opener since Euro 2004 against, er, England.

Still 13/10 for England to beat France tonight in the ‘draw-no-bet’ market looks overpriced so that is where 20steps is putting its pound.

Eng-ger-land memorial stream (EMS)

Bet 1 - £1 - England to beat France (draw no bet) - 13/10 @ StanJames

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Euro-a-Go-Go & KJRS - Bet 3

If ever a continent needed a shot in the arm then it would be this Europe of ours right about now. Financial meltdown looms on the horizon like a giant bowl of cabbage soup threatening to tip over and drown us all. The the dust settles in London after a weekend of celebrations marking the 60 year reign of a great imperial tyrant. Weather forecasters all over the place predicting the wettest, coldest, windiest, skinty-ist summer on record.

At least we have the European Championships to cheer us up. 16 teams, 368 players, 31 matches, 8 venues, an unspecified number of racists, and ultimately, on July 1st, one supreme winner. And lets not forget that the Euro’s are an event that has a long association with shocks, upsets and the entirely unpredictable. Denmark winning from the beach in ‘92. Greece lifting the trophy in ‘04. England reaching the semi’s in ‘96. Indeed, 13 previous tournaments have produced 9 different winners, compared with a paltry 8 victorious nations coming from 19 World Cups!

20steps also gets back underway today, brandishing the £4.50 pocketed when England defeated the mighty Norway, we find ourselves looking left and right, up down for a fantastic even money bet to take us closer to our million-pound target. Poland kick things off in Warsaw at 5pm today and look a generous price to overcome Greece and get the show on the road.

So pack up the bunting, batten down the hatches, draw the curtains and sit back to enjoy the 2012 edition of the European Championships. The greatest 16 teams battling it out to see which of Spain or Germany will be crowned the winners.

20step - Knee Jerk Reaction Stream

Bet 3 of the KJRS will back Poland to get off to a winning start later today against Greece at 23/20 with Victor Chandler.

KJRS Bet 1 - £1 on Chelsea v Bayern Munich - Less than 2.5 goals - WON - £2

KJRS Bet 2 - £2 on England to beat Norway - WON - £4.50

KJRS Bet 3 - £4.50 on Poland to beat Greece @ 11/10 with Victor Chandler

Euro 2012 Tips

Top Scorer

Fernando Torres - Each Way - 20/1 @ bet365

Robin Van-Persie - Each Way - 10/1 @ totesport

Outright

Germany - Winner - 10/3 @ bet365

Euro 2012 - Patriotic Tips

Andy Carroll - Top Goalscorer - (no really, worth a couple of quid, surely) - Each Way - 50/1 @ boylesports

England to reach the Semi’s  - 9/4 @ bet365

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