|England 9/2 to Exit Euro 2012 on Penalties|
England are set to face Italy in the Quarter Finals of Euro 2012 this Sunday and the attention by bookmakers has already turned to the prospect of penalties.
England have never had the best of luck in penalty shoot outs at major tournaments. In fact, the nation has only been successful on penalties once in six attempts and that was the Euro 96 Quarter Final victory on penalties against Spain.
William Hill is epitomizing the fear that is held by every England football fan about an exit from Euro 2012 on penalties by offering that eventuality at 9/2. However, they are also offering penalties not deciding England’s fate at 1/8 which will breathe confidence into every England fan.
William Hill is also offering a market for how many of the Euro 2012 Quarter Finals will go to penalties. One game going to penalties is priced at 11/8, two games going to penalties is available at 7/1, three games going to penalties is at 25/1 and all four games going to penalties is priced at 100/1. The odds that none of the four Quarter Finals go to penalties is available at 4/6.
William Hill spokesperson Mark Young said “The competition could get edgier as more and more is put on the line but we feel the quarter finals will be settled, at the maximum, within 120 minutes but good news for England is that their fate is not fancied to be settled by penalties. That should keep fingernails from biting a bit.”
There is also a market being offered for whether any of the games remaining in Euro 2012 will end 0-0. There has not been a 0-0 result after 90 minutes in the European Championships since the Semi Final stage of Euro 2008. William Hill is offering 5/6 that there will be a 0-0 score line at some point between now and the Final on Sunday 1st July, 2012 and 5/6 that there will not be a 0-0 score line.
William Hill is also offering a tongue-in-cheek price that Germany, the artists of penalty shoot outs having only lost one penalty shoot out ever, win Euro 2012 via a penalty shoot out at 14/1.
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