I don’t bet very often, in fact hardly at all but I tend to put a few quid on when I get a strong feeling about something. Yesterday I put £10 on Russia to win Euro 2008. This was based purely on one match (Russia v. Sweden) in which the Russians looked happy, cohesive and bloody deadly. They just look like a team whose time has come.
In last night’s game against Holland, Russia again had the look of winners. Arshavin looked absolutely brilliant as he tore the Dutch defence apart. I heard a statistic that last night’s game produced 51 on target shots which is pretty amazing. Fast forward to tonights game between Italy and Spain where Spain edged through on penalties after a turgid boring 120 minutes. Last night’s game between two northern European teams was honest, attacking, full of incident and fast flowing. Tonight’s Mediterranean contest was niggly, mean spirited, boring and predictable.
Whilst flair and excitement is no indicator of victory, I sincerely hope Russia dispose of Spain in the semi final. It’d be the right outcome regardless of my tenner.