Spain Ireland Odds as Paddy Power announce money back special in time for Irish Euro 2012 clash

If Spain fail to beat Ireland, it’s feasible to predict that Paddy Power, who offer free bets worth around £250/€250 to punters, unlike the majority of their countrymen, will be rather downbeat.

The Irish firm’s latest money-back special involves the boys in green as they are willing to refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast bets if Ireland managed to draw or beat the current World and European champions.

On the face of it that looks unlikely but with 20,000 Irishman roaring them on from the stands, anything is possible.

Admittedly, if they defend like they did in their 3-1 opening game defeat to Croatia then Spain could rack up a cricket score, but manager Giovani Trapattoni will make sure they will be far more organised this time around.

Paddy Power will offer free bets worth £250/€250 to spend on any Euro 2012 market, and will refund losing bets if Spain beat Ireland tonight! Exclusive to

Spain were hardly their usual selves against Italy either; they had to rely on makeshift centre forward Cesc Fabregas netting a second half equaliser to cancel out Antonio Di Natale’s opener.

Vincent Del Bosque surely won’t make the same mistake of not playing a striker again and it is thought that either Fernando Torres or Fernando Llorente will lead the line.

If Torres does start then he looks a good shout at 9/2 to score the first (Paddy Power) or 5/4 to score anytime (Paddy Power).

Spain also have defensive problems with Carlos Puyol’ absence through injury now a real cause for concern after Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos’s adequate performance against Italy.

If Ireland are about to cause one of the biggest upsets in European Championship history then 1-0 (25/1 Paddy Power) looks the most likely scoreline. Ireland have beaten La Roja just twice in their last 14 official meetings, but on both occasions it finished 1-0.

Goalscorer wise Robbie Keane (14/1 Paddy Power) is the favourite in the first goalscorer market from the Ireland squad but a better bet may be siding with the over-priced Damien Duff (40/1 Paddy Power).


As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).