Euro 2012 on the horizon as William Hill report Spain odds on the drift

After so much talk and hype for Euro 2012 in recent weeks, William Hill, who also offer free bets on the tournament, have announced that punters are staying away from the Spain and money is piling in for Poland, Russia and more importantly, France.

The Tournament finally gets underway on Friday evening with co-hosts Poland kicking things off against Greece.

It is sure to be a cracking atmosphere in Warsaw in this encounter that everybody in Poland would have been looking forward to ever since it was announced they would be co-hosting the Championships.

Later that evening, the two other sides in group A, Russia and Czech Republic take to the stage as they both look to start Euro 2012 with three points.

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One of the pick of the first round of fixtures is Germany v Portugal which has the makings of being a classic as both teams have high hopes of going all the way in the tournament.

Germany look to have hit form at the right time after a 2-0 win over Israel helped build some confidence after back to back defeats.

Portugal however, have not won in three matches and were beaten 3-1 by Turkey on home soil last time out. Holland and Denmark also go head to head on Saturday.

On Sunday, two giants of European football go head to head as world number one side Spain take on 2006 World Cup winners Italy.

Spain are the favourites to win a third major tournament in a row, which is no surprise as they have won their last four encounters.

Italy have not been in any sort of form though, losing all three of their friendly matches on home soil leading up to Euro 2012. They will be hoping that their big name players can rise to the occasion on the big stage. Croatia v Republic of Ireland is the other match in Group C.

The fixture everyone is talking about in Group D is France v England. It is a game that either side will feel as though is they take all three points they will have a good chance of winning the group.

England and France are in similar situations having not lived up to high expectations in recent years. They are also hoping that with hopes a bit lower this summer, they could cause a few surprises. Ukraine and Sweden wrap up the first round of fixtures.

Bring it on!

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.