When it comes to sports gambling in Ireland there is no doubt that gambling on football is almost as big as gambling on horse racing. Unfortunately for many Irish football fans their football gambling tends to focus on the English Premier League rather than the Irish leagues. To be fair Ireland is not the only place in the world where gambling on football is concentrated away from their national leagues, and satellite television has made the English Premier League available just about everywhere. This year of course football gambling fans watching English football from all over the world have witnessed something quite extraordinary in the rise of Leicester City to the top of the league. Having just avoided relegation last season they have confounded all the experts and pundits by topping the league for almost the whole season, and they are still there. There are many different sports gambling activities, but gambling on football and horse racing has always relied on the form book, so to see a side like Leicester City win a league comprising some of the richest football clubs in the world must be the equivalent of a rank outsider winning the Derby. This year of course Irish football gambling fans have another sports gambling event to savour, with the European Football Championships taking place in France. Again we are looking forward to a welcome but somewhat unusual situation, with both Ireland and Northern Ireland qualifying for the finals. For Irish football gambling fans there will be no closed season this year, and you know what they say, if you’re in it you can win it. Let’s hope one or both of the Irish teams can take a leaf out of Leicester’s book and give us something special to cheer about.