West Virginia Sportsbooks Offer Lots Of Euro 2020 Markets Ahead Of Knockout Stage

Written By Dave Bontempo on June 23, 2021 - Last Updated on June 30, 2021

Mountain State online bettors made Euro 2020 their third most favored circuit last week at DraftKings Sportsbook West Virginia, behind MLB and the NBA playoffs.

And the hits keep on coming.

The group stages are winding down, and by Saturday, the tournament will have its own version of the Sweet 16.

The knockout round, a single elimination, begins with the final 16 teams. There are two games apiece for four days, ending June 29. Winners advance to the quarterfinals on July 2 and 3, the semifinals on July 6 and 7, and the championship game on July 11.

The DraftKings leaderboard displays the early favorites not only to win, but also to advance to the championship game and its final four.

Country               To Win             Top 2             Top 4

France                +400               +200              +108

Italy                     +600               +300              +123

Belgium             +700               +325               +148

Germany           +700               +325               +175

Spain                 +900               +425               +175

Euro 2020 betting at WV sportsbooks

Wales battles Denmark and Italy opposes Austria in confirmed Saturday matchups. The Netherlands and Belgium appear in Sunday games against opponents to be determined.

The tournament has been a reliable betting companion for WV sportsbooks.

“In the past, the Euro and the World Cup have both generated a lot of action,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told PlayWV. “We are happy to have them around. They usually stand alone and do very well, which is important this year because the NBA and NHL are lasting well into July, which is unusual.”

The Italy-Austria pairing resembles a typical match offering to the bettors.

Its lines play to the past performance of tournament games averaging slightly fewer than 2.5 goals.

In the first Saturday matchup, the DraftKings board expects a low-scoring affair with Italy winning.

The over 2.5 goals line is +120. The under 2.5 is -150. An offensive breakout of four or more goals is +320.

On the wager to advance, Italy is -400, while Austria is +300.

On the moneyline to win, Italy is -195 and Austria is +650. Italy has been taking a lot of recent money.

What’s the difference? A regulation tie means the game moneyline usually loses. But if the team wins in overtime, the “to advance” bet is rewarded.

Italy has been a class act on defense. It has not allowed a goal in the first three games in topping Turkey and Switzerland 3-0 and Wales 1-0.

The contrarian will believe Italy is due to yield one.

Austria opened with a 3-1 triumph over Macedonia. It then lost 2-0 to the Netherlands and eked out a 1-0 triumph over the Ukraine.

Euro 2020 betting markets

What bets are gamblers looking at?

DraftKings has props for total goals for the home team and the away team. There is a prop for which team scores first.

Can one team win both halves? Can a team win one half?

Here are some props on the exact score of the Italy-Austria game:

  • A 0-0 tie would be +800
  • Italy winning 2-1 is +750
  • Italy prevailing 2-0 is +525
  • A 3-1 win for Italy is +1300

Backers of Austria will immediately take the moneyline at huge betting odds.

Otherwise, take your pick at a prop drop. A 2-1 Austria triumph, for example, is +1900.

There is a corner-kick prop, ranging from over-under 6.5 to over-under 11.5.

Denmark vs. Wales is an excellent betting contest.

Besides the props, Denmark is -121 to win in regulation. Wales is +440. A tie is +225.

William Hill WV has some nice tournament bets, too, including a selection of which group winner takes it all, which team obtains the most goals and the stages of elimination for numerous teams. Good stuff.

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