London Olympics Football Betting
Just a few weeks after a thoroughly entertaining spectacle that showcased Europe’s top players in both Poland and Ukraine, it is the turn of Great Britain to put on a similar show of footballing promise at the London Olympics. Once again, 16 teams will begin the tournament but they stretch from all four corners of the globe with the heavyweight nations such as: Brazil, Spain and Uruguay, pitted against relative newcomers in: United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and Honduras to name but a few of those involved.
The squads of 18 must be made up of mainly under 23-year-old players, supplemented by up to 3 over-23′s from each nation, and the youngsters from Brazil lead the way in the betting. The Brazilians, who are the most successful footballing nation in World Cup history are 7/4 at SkyBet, but have interestingly never won the Olympic Gold.
Brazil – 7/4
Spain – 9/4
Uruguay – 7/1
Great Britain 7/1
Switzerland – 12/1
Mexico – 12/1
Senegal – 33/1
Japan – 40/1
Gabon – 50/1
Spain are a 9/4 shot to add yet another accolade to their already bulging trophy cabinet and with the likes of Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and Cristian Tello supplemented by Chelsea’s Juan Mata as an over-23 selection, it’s difficult to look past the Spaniards for glory once more.
So, what of Great Britain’s chances? Well, it’s difficult to say as this is the first team of it’s type for quite some time, making Stuart Pearce’s men a bit of an unknown quantity. There’s no denying that our squad contains plenty of talent but can Pearce develop us into a winning team in such a short period of time? That is the toughest test.
Psycho laid down the gauntlet by leaving out Olympic Ambassador David Beckham for footballing reasons, and plumped for Micah Richards and Welsh duo Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs, who is set to captain the side. Team Great Britain are 15/2 for a victory on home soil, and we will find out just how accurate that price is after England face Brazil in a warm-up friendly this Friday 20th July.
However, if you’re feeling like being patriotic and backing Stu’s boys to win gold, it may be worth backing them before Friday. As long as they avoid defeat against Brazil in a match where both teams will only be interested in finding their feet with the result not important, the odds will likely shorten.
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