Top 5 Best Bets for Euro 2012 – Young and Benzema lead the list

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There are hundreds of betting markets on offer revolving around Euro 2012 and attempting to name the winner and Golden Boot winner will be especially popular.

However, there could be more lucrative markets than backing a Germany victory or Robin Van Persie taking the top-scorer accolade and our five best bets are on offer below.

Group B to be the highest scoring group at 9/5

Group C is liable to be short on goals, with Spain likely to dominate possession without battering teams, while Italy and Ireland in particular will focus on playing on the counter attack and keeping things tight.

Greece and Russia will also concede little in Group A, while England are unlikely to go mad in Group D.

Group B may be the toughest on paper, but none of the four nations are especially solid in defence. No team conceded more goals to qualify for Euro 2012 than Portugal, while Holland and Germany have particular riches in the attacking department.

Croatia to finish bottom of Group C @ 7/4

Ireland may look the weakest team in the group, but their system could frustrate the biggest teams and they are unbeaten in 14 games.

Although they may find winning difficult they could pose Spain and Italy and it is hard to see Croatia getting more points than them, while there is every chance they will finish the group stages with a worse goal difference.

Karim Benzema to be France’s top scorer @ 5/2

France are likely to start with one striker and based on the recent friendlies, Benzema will start over Olivier Giroud.

Benzema enjoyed a prolific season at Real Madrid and with Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri being more renown for creating than scoring from attacking midfield, he should have the majority of their chances.

Russia to win Group A @ 11/8

Russia already looked the strongest of the four teams in Group A before their recent 3-0 friendly success over Italy.

Spain have already showed the benefits of club fluidity at international level and Russia are similar in that all of their starting 11 are likely to come from either Zenit or CSKA Moscow.

Ashley Young to be England’s top scorer @ 6/1

With Wayne Rooney suspended, it is unclear who England will start in attack and Young has almost been a second striker in both of Roy Hodgson’s friendlies.

Meanwhile, he has scored in four of his last five international appearances.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.