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Spain Euro 2012: Handicapping Spain’s 2012 Euro Odds

Euro 2012 Spain: Stacked Spaniard Eye Another Crown: To say that the Spain is on the top of the soccer world right now is a bit of an understatement. The team won the World Cup in2010 in South Africa and Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, and it is now the favorite to win a third straight major tournament title this year at Euro 2012. The team is still as stacked as it has been, and the window of opportunity is nowhere near closing yet, so check out the Euro 2012 odds on Spain to win it all once again.

On top of the fact that the Spaniards probably have the best team in the world, they also have themselves a heck of a draw to get into the quarterfinals. The only challenge that they should even remotely have in Group C is coming from Italy in the opening fixture, and even if that match is lost, which isn’t something that is very likely considering the turmoil that the Italian team is in, wins against Ireland and Croatia would easily put the team into the second round of the tournament. Group D isn’t all that special of a group either, and that really makes the road to the semifinals, where likely either Germany or the Netherlands will be awaiting, a relatively easy one.

Euro 2012 Schedule for Spain
Sunday June 10th: Spain vs. Italy 12:00 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)
Thursday, June 14th: Spain vs. Ireland 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN2)
Monday, June 18th: Croatia vs. Spain 2:45 p.m. (ET) (ESPN)

If you like offense, the Spanish team is certainly for you. Fernando Torres and Fernando Llortent are both 16 to 1 shots to win the Euro 2012 Golden Boot, and Roberto Soldado isn’t all that far behind at 20 to 1. That being said, there are a ton of players that could easily bag five goals in this tournament. If he can find his way onto the pitch, Juan Mata might be a tremendous goal scoring threat as well, as will Pedro Rodriguez, who plays his club soccer with Barcelona. It could practically be an all-Barca midfield as well if that is what Manager Vicente del Bosque decides. He has just a slew of players to choose from, including Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, David Silva, and Jesus Navas, all of which could start for most teams in the world.

Think that this is just a one-dimensional team that can’t play defense and has to beat you 4-3 every single time out? Think again. Iker Casillas is still one of the best net minders in the world, and he is going to be starting his ninth Euro Cup match when this tournament kicks off this week. In the event that something happens to Casilla, Victor Valdes would easily be able to step in and play in his place. These are two of the best five goalies in the world for sure, and it is no surprise that they play for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

Elsewhere in defense, the Spanish are stacked as well. Sergio Ramos is always willing to contribute to the offensive effort as well, as he has six goals to show for his work. Gerard Pique is almost one of the best in the world at his trade. The rest of the defense might be a tad week, though we have a lot of confidence in Raul Albiol, and whatever combination of Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Jordi Alba is thrown into the mix. The best part about these defenders? All but Arbeloa are 27 years old or youner. Like we said, this is a team that isn’t going to be going anywhere for quite some time.

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There isn’t a team in the world with a higher FIFA World Rankings than the Spaniards, and there isn’t a team that is even remotely close. La Roja come into this tournament at a 1,456, over 150 points better than Uruguay, who is largely looked upon as one of the best South American sides in the world. The only teams that the Spanish could run into along the way that are ranked even modestly high in the FIFA World Rankings are Italy (12th), England (6th), and France (14th). The rest of this draw is quite easy, and it really should be a competition that the Spanish can dominate.

Spain 2012 Euro Championship Odds & Predictions: It is really hard to think of any other team that you would want to back in Euro 2012. Yes, this is still the beautiful game, and we have seen some odd things happen here in this tournament. However, in the end, this is clearly the best team in the world in our eyes. There is a reason that Spain is a -900 favorite just to get into the quarterfinals, lower Euro 2012 odds than all of the 16 teams that are going to be in the field for this event. Spain is -190 and dropping quickly on the odds to win Group C, and it is the +260 favorite on the odds to win the Euro Cup 2012. Click Here to bet on Euro 2012!

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Even though Nick Sanchez is an American living in Florida, he has always had a passion for the beautiful game of soccer. Sanchez has traveled to the other side of the pond dozens of times just to take in soccer matches, namely in Spain and Italy. His favorite matches ever have involved AC Milan vs. Inter Milan and Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. If there's anything you want to know about Spanish Primera or Italian Serie A, Sanchez is your man.

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