THE leading lights of European football have moved into position. With little more than a year remaining in the qualifying competition, the fixtures completed to date have shown the traditional powers are odds-on to reach the final stages.
Spain, France, Germany and England are firm favourites to top their respective group standings and are likely to be well backed in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying betting. Portugal are perhaps the one fancied side with much to do in the remaining dates if they are to join the party, but the schedule of fixtures gives Cristiano Ronaldo and his team time to make amends for a recent wobble.
By November 2011 history will have been created, results known and fixtures completed.
The 2010-12 UEFA European Football Championship consists of three stages: the qualifying group stage, the play-offs and the 16-team final tournament in Poland and Ukraine from 8 June to 1 July 2012.
There is still a long way to go before all 16 teams are known, a situation which creates an ideal platform for canny predictors to take advantage of antepost odds.
Of course, there is also great scope to extract value from predictions made in respect of punters’ UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers betting. A multitude of betting markets exist, including group winners, play-off teams and leading scorers. Each contains inherent value for the UK-based internet bettor looking to continue football betting throughout the year.
And as one football writer noted: "You could have some fun with Euro 2012 betting. For instance, if you’re in receipt of some free bets from online bookmakers, why not try to predict all nine group winners? The bookies are taking the risk, not you. Football betting offers never-ending variety, so why not look at live Euro 20112 qualifying betting and see if you can cash in on results and tips as the matches unfold?
"With more than 50 teams taking part in the tournament, and only 16 scheduled to qualify alongside co-hosts Poland and the Ukraine, you can be sure there are going to be some upset results along the way, a feature of such tournaments, one which highlights the additional incentive to take advantage of the whole range of Euro 2012 bets.
"There are a number of tasty dates left on the schedule and if you are prepared to look beyond the usual suspects for your UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying betting, then even outrageous tips can be rewarded in the tournament’s ocean of football betting markets.
"Online Euro 2012 qualifying betting is booming as mobile technology mushrooms every month. Such progress suggests you should check with your online bookmaker to see what sort of free bet they will offer you in specific Euro 2012 betting markets. You can also see whether their odds are more appealing before making a final bet.
"Of the home nations, England would appear to have the better chance of making the finals, even though they are currently second in their group. But Scotland will still think they are in the mix and I know they have been attracting a lot of interest in the qualifying campaign as, although they might not top the standings, UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying betting markets may give them a good chance through the play-offs.
"As you go through the process of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers betting, it is worth keeping an eye on the team you think might win the final. Spain, of course, have the world and European titles safely stowed away and would appear a sensible Euro 2012 bet.
"Germany would appear the next big favourites for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying betting. They have a bright young team heading in the right direction, but don't discount a strong run from either of the hosts with your Euro 2012 bets.
"The Ukraine in particular have a tradition of producing excellent, technical teams, and it will be worth keeping an eye on them in the Euro 2012 betting markets.
"Live Euro 2012 qualifying betting will swing into action during March 2011 with the next round of matches. This gives punters time to undertake their research before making their selections. There are a host of matches being played on March 25, 26 and 29, each of whichprovides enormous opportunity for online Euro 2012 betting.
"By keeping one eye on the finals in 2012, UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers betting can be a profitable business.” Perhaps that’s what makes it so popular.