The Euros is just days away and William Hill are predicting that half a billion pounds will be wagered on what will be the biggest ever European Championships.
“24 teams and home nation interest will boost the coffers in a way that the Euros have never done before,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
16% of all wagers on the outright market have been for an English victory and should Roy Hodgson’s side lift the trophy, the betting industry could be on the receiving end of a £50m loss – put into perspective, Leicester’s Premier League victory cost £10m.
“As long as England are in the Euros, betting interest will be huge. In an ideal world they will make it into the semis or final and then fall at the final hurdle,” continued Joe.
So where is the public’s money going? Take a look at the current numbers below:
England - 16%
Germany - 14%
Belgium - 13%
Italy - 8%
France - 7%
Portugal - 5%
Wales - 4.5%
Poland - 4%
Croatia - 3%
Northern Ireland - 2.5%
3/1 France; 4/1 Germany; 5/1 Spain; 8/1 England; 11/1 Belgium; 14/1 Portugal; 18/1 Italy; 25/1 Croatia; 33/1 Austria; 50/1 Poland; 50/1 Switzerland; 66/1 Czech Republic; 66/1 Russia; 66/1 Turkey; 66/1 Wales; 80/1 Iceland; 80/1 Ukraine; 100/1 Republic of Ireland; 100/1 Sweden; 150/1 Romania; 150/1 Slovakia; 250/1 Hungary; 250/1 Northern Ireland; 300/1 Albania