Now that the European Football Championships have started, sports gambling fans and particularly football gambling fans are in their element. During the opening rounds of the tournament there are two matches every day for gamblers to make their selections, and of course all the matches are being televised live on terrestrial television so that we can follow our favoured teams from home. Gambling on football is of course a favourite sports gambling option for many in Ireland so these championships are a huge opportunity for sports gambling fans. Unfortunately Ireland did not have the start we were hoping for against Croatia, and now have to take points from Spain and Italy to progress to the knock out stages. Next match is on Thursday against Spain, with Spain massive odds on favourites at 2/7 with Paddy Power and Ireland at 10/1 to cause an upset. Football gambling fans looking for an overall winner of the tournament will now see Spain and Germany as joint favourites at 3/1, with France at 8/1 and dark horses Russia at 11/1, following their thrashing of the Czech Republic in their opening game. If your gambling instincts are to go for an outside bet, Italy and Portugal must come into the reckoning if the history of this tournament has any significance, and then there is England who always stand a chance on paper, but never seem to deliver when it matters. Perhaps this is finally England’s chance under a new manager and with much reduced expectations being heaped on them. As with all gambling on football, don’t forget that there are loads of gambling options away from the final result of each game, including in-play betting on all the televised matches. If football gambling is your favourite gambling option, enjoy the tournament and best of luck.