European Championships Final

The European Championships Final is one of the biggest stages a player can play on and is is one of the most interesting matches for us to bet on. Although the European Championships Final will often see two well matched sides going head to head it is not necessarily hard to make money from the European Championships Final Betting, and you don't even have to pick the winner to make a profit from it most years.

Past European Championship Final Results

Year Winner Half Time Score Full Time Score Runner Up
2012 Spain 2-0 4-0 Italy
2008 Spain 1-0 1-0 Germany
2004 Greece 0-0 1-0 Portugal
2000 France 0-0 1-1 (2-1 aet) Italy
1996 Germany 0-0 1-1 (2-1 aet) Czech Republic
1992 Denmark 1-0 2-0 Germany
1988 Holland 1-0 2-0 Soviet Union
1984 France 0-0 2-0 Spain
1980 West Germany 1-0 2-1 Belgium

 

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Don't Be Afraid To Back The Draw But Avoid Penalties

Two of the last five European Championships have been draws, these were in 1996 and 2000 and the standout fact about these draws is that both ended 1-1. There hasn't been a 0-0 or 2-2 draw in the final in the last 30 years so if backing the draw it looks worth taking around twice the odds on the game finishing 1-1 rather than just backing the draw.

An in running betting pointer that can be gained from the eventual results of those two draws is that both games were settled in extra time, there hasn't been a penalty shootout in the last 30 years of European Championships Finals. This means if the game finishes as a draw you should back your fancied team to win the match in extra time.

Low Scoring Finals A Very Strong Trend

Something that really stands out in the European Championships Final is the amount of goals, and specifically the lack of them. In seven of the last eight European Championships Finals there has been under 2.5 goals (note this bet doesn't include extra time) and the only times in the last thirty years that under 2.5 goals was a losing bet was in 1980 when a last minute goal put the game into over 2.5 goals and also in 2012 when Italy totally underperformed against Spain.

In six of the last eight European Championships Finals the winners have 'won to nil', the two teams in that period that bet was denied was when the score was 1-1 after 90 minutes. It looks a good idea to back whatever team you fancy to win to win to nil as the odds will be much improved. If placing this bet it could be worth having a saver on the game finishing 1-1 as that looks the only other likely outcome.

If a team is going to win the game in 90 minutes then by far the most likely correct scores appear to be 1-0 and 2-0 so these should be given extra consideration for your preferred team in the final. Three of the last eight finals have been won 2-0, the other three that were settled in 90 minutes were won 1-0 (on two occasions) and the remaining two from that eight final period were 1-1. That means from the last eight finals there have only been four different correct scores, 2-0 (three times), 1-0 (twice), 1-1 (twice) and 4-0 (once).

Half Time And In Running Betting

If you think there aren't many goals in the European Championships Finals then it is even more shocking how few goals there are in the first half of the finals. In the past nine European Championships Finals there have only been five first half goals which means just five goals were scored in almost seven hours of football. There has only ever been one final in the last 30 years that has had two goals in a first half.

The more recent European Championships Finals have been really quiet in the first half, apart from in 2012 there has been just one goal in the first half of the last four games and that was in 2008 when Spain took the lead against Germany. The previous three finals were all 0-0 at half time which suggests that 0-0 is by far the most likely half time score and 1-0 is the only other realistic half time score.

In the five most recent European Championships Finals where a team has held a lead at half time they have always gone on to win the final in 90 minutes. This is a good pointer for in running players, if a team is winning the final at half time they should be backed confidently to go on and win the game.

European Championships Final Best Bets

Back under 2.5 goals
Back the team you will think will win to win to nil
Consider a saver on 1-1
Back 1-1 if you fancy the draw
Back the final to be 0-0 or 1-0 at half time

In Running Bets On The European Championships Final

Back the team leading at half time to win the game in 90 minutes
If the game goes to extra time back your favoured team to win before penalties

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