Then there were four. Euro 2016 enters the semi-final round with two sensational billings featuring on the odds board. Portugal vs. Wales on Wednesday and Germany vs. France on Thursday. How is the public betting.
<p>Then there were four. Euro 2016 enters the semi-final round with two sensational billings featuring on the odds board. Portugal vs. Wales on Wednesday and Germany vs. France on Thursday. How is the public betting on this spectacular line up? We look at the football betting trends and odds currently in play.</p><p><strong>Portugal vs. Wales</strong> The clash between Portugal and Wales is underscored by the clash of Real Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, two of the most expensive football baubles in the game. Indeed, they’re larger than life personalities and the main talking point with many contemplating which player will emerge triumphant rather than which nation will.</p><p>But it’s about the nation and the team as a whole in the end. The market tips Portugal as the favourites at 2.20, a bet available with Paddy Power, Stan James and <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4824&book=Ladbrokes" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> amongst several others while Wales are backed out to 4.20, a price available with <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4810&book=Bet365" target="_blank">bet365</a> and Bet Fred, and the draw is trading at 3.12, a price found at <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4835&book=Betvictor" target="_blank">Bet Victor</a>. Those markets pertain to the 90 minutes of the match and, as it is, the betting appears to lean towards Wales, who have 61.41% of the market. Portugal, meanwhile, have raked in 31. 68 % of the bets while the draw takes in 6.91% of the bets coming down the wire.</p><p>To qualify markets, which encompass the 90 minutes plus added time and penalties, are split down the middle between the pair with each side garnering 50% of public money coming down the wire. It can’t get any closer than that.</p><p><strong>Germany vs. France </strong> Germany edged Italy in the quarterfinals, arguably beating I Azzuri in one of the most nerve-wracking penalty shootouts ever witnessed. Each side traded the lead in the shootout, both keepers did their part to keep their side in it, numerous players sailed shots wide until finally Germany got the job done, marking their first-ever win over Italy in a major tournament.</p><p>France, meanwhile, advanced into the semis behind a comprehensive 5-2 win over Iceland. It was a straightforward win by the hosts over the plucky Icelanders and one most expected. Of all the quarterfinals, France had the so-called easiest matchup and, unlike England, they didn’t trip up or take it for granted either. They’ll face a much tougher opponent in the semis though, if not the toughest: World Champions Germany.</p><p>It’s billed the clash of titans, the top favourites to triumph in Euro 2016 tournament winner markets, a date between familiar foes. As it is, Germany and France are dead-even at 2.75 with bet365, Bet Fred, Pinnacle and <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4829&book=William Hill" target="_blank">William Hill</a> (to name a few) to lift the Henry Delaunay trophy. Some bookmakers though do have Germany ahead ever so slightly while others have France creeping ahead ever so slightly.</p><p>It’s clear that both these nations are credible title threats, which makes the handicapping of this matchup all the more difficult. Especially when several bookmakers are being similarly coy in match betting markets, rolling out identical odds (2.88 or thereabouts) to win in 90 minutes for both Die Mannschaft and Les Bleus. Indeed, not surprisingly, 25% of the public is torn and betting the draw in 90 minutes, which is available at 3.10 with <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4825&book=Pinnacle" target="_blank">Pinnacle</a> and Paddy Power.</p><p>To qualify markets, which cover the 90 minutes plus added time and penalties, reveal an entirely different scenario. As it is, Germany, priced at 1.91 with <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4818&book=Coral" target="_blank">Coral</a>, Ladbrokes and bet365, have the bulk of the market with almost 100% of the market. However, it’s early days yet. France only just sloped off the field following the 5-2 decimation of Iceland and the markets only just re-opened with France to qualify at 2.00 odds. There’s bound to be a huge swing in the pendulum in this market.</p>