From mid-June, Eurobasket Women betting will come into its own. With no football World Cup nor European Championship to distract punters’ attention, basketball betting could fill a sizeable summer void for the predictor used to poring over statistics prior to the start of a major sporting tournament.
And there are plenty of stats for the sports enthusiast to get their teeth into in a tournament with fixtures starting on 18th June and finishing with the final scheduled for 3rd July.
The competition has a lengthy history, having begun in Rome in 1938, though it was not until after World War II that it became a biennial tournament. The former Soviet Union dominated the standings, winning 21 of 22 tournaments between 1950-1991.
“Goodness knows what odds you would have got against the Soviets winning all of those tournaments,” reflects one retired bookmaker. “Even when they didn’t win it [in 1958], they were still in the final.
“Their run of results was quite remarkable. Predictions that they would run out of steam proved misplaced, though it’s interesting that Russia has won only two of the nine tournaments played since 1991. Their place in women’s basketball standings has been taken by France who are odds-on to retain their European crown.”
Eurobasket Women betting has followed a similar trail to the competition itself, developing, particularly since 1993, to the point where tips abound, women’s basketball fixtures are well attended and results actively sought by a growing army of hoops fans.
This year, live Eurobasket Women betting is expected to come into its own, particularly in the tournament’s closing stages. Basketball betting has probably benefited more than most as a result of live markets being introduced. UK fans in particular are massive followers of Eurobasket Women betting and the opportunity to bet in-play is likely to be grasped with both hands.
The tournament schedule favours the strongest teams. All four (France, Russia, Spain and Belarus) are the top seeds and tips which suggest that your 2011 Eurobasket Women betting slip should exclude one of this quartet are probably worthless. One of the tournament’s highlights will be whether Europe’s ‘Big Four’ can once again occupy the four semi-final slots as they did two years ago.
Not as though there is much opportunity for resting in between match dates, a factor which could conceivably influence all aspects of Eurowomen betting.
“Potentially, the schedule is a tough one,” says one former basketball coach, “with match dates coming thick and fast. This gives lesser teams a chance.”
Indeed, one surprising aspect of Eurobasket Women 2011 betting has been the willingness of punters to look beyond the Big Four. As hosts, Poland have a great chance. They were champions in 1999 when the tournament was last played in Poland and are considered a decent outside Eurobasket Women bet this time around.
Many folk believe it’s time for Spain to come good. They have a terrific record and have already attracted a significant following in 2011 Eurobasket Women betting markets. They have finished in the top three in each of the last five competitions, having won it in 1993. “They’re a great side,” reckons one bookmaker and Eurowomen betting, particularly of the each-way variety, invariably includes the Spanish. This year, I believe they could win the tournament and I expect the 2011 Eurobasket Women betting will be dominated by Spain and Russia.”
To date, he’s not wrong, though many Eurobasket women bets will not be placed until closer to the tournament’s start. Most online Eurobasket Women betting will take place during the competition’s build-up, while live Eurobasket Women betting is expected to boom once it’s under way.
Eurobasket women bets have come a long way since 1938, especially following the internet’s advent. Eurobasket Women 2011 betting will undoubtedly be bigger and more buoyant than any previous tournament. That’s partly a reflection of online Eurobasket Women betting being so popular and partly attributable to Eurobasket Women 2011 betting promising to be so much fun.