Scottish basketball fans and fans of other sports are starting to wonder if Scottish football betting might be a little more successful than expected, given the fact that the odds for Scotland to qualify for Euro 2016 were set at just one-third.BET365 sportsbook owner John Stapleton told the Scottish Sun that he was “very surprised” by the news, as the odds of Scotland qualifying were set to be between 0.6% and 1%.
“It is going to be difficult for the Scottish teams to get to the tournament because of the amount of games they have to play,” he said.
Stapleton added that the Scottish team had been trying to negotiate the odds with the European football association, which is not a member of the Euro, but he said they had yet to hear back from the association.
“I’m surprised, but I guess I don’t know if it’s going to change,” he added.
The Scottish football association did not respond to an email from the Guardian.
The odds on Scottish football are set to fall to just one third, with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) estimating that there will be only four matches on offer.
However, a spokesman for the SFA said that there would be no change to the number of games Scotland plays during the group stage.
“There will be a total of four matches in the group stages, including the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, and then the final at Hampden Park,” the spokesman said.
The SFA also said that the total number of matches played in the knockout phase of the tournament will be 14, while the total amount of points earned in the tournament for Scotland will be 28.
The number of teams from Scotland to play in the next stage of the competition will be 12, with Scotland taking on Ireland, Portugal and Italy in the opening four games.
The average of all teams in the four groups will be 23.7 points per game.
The most recent data from the SSA show that the average points earned per match in the previous two tournaments for Scotland was just 14.3 points per match.
Scottish football is in a state of upheaval.
The Scottish football associations governing body voted to abolish the national team, which means that only the three teams from England, Wales and Northern Ireland qualify for the tournament.
But with the number-one team from each of the three countries in contention to qualify, the Scottish players and fans are left wondering how they will fare when they finally get to play against the other two teams.
Scottish Football Association president Ian Stubbs told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday that he had been contacted by representatives from the governing body and said that they had made it clear to him that it was not their intention to change the system.
“We have been very clear from day one that we want to have a great tournament and that is what we will do,” Stubbs said.
“It was always our intention that it would be the best tournament for Scottish football, but we will be very, very disappointed if it is not.”
The Scottish FA said that it had been in contact with the SFSA and said it had not made any changes to the current system.
Stubbs said that if the tournament is not played as planned, the number one team in the standings will be able to get through to the knockout stage, with a number of Scottish players likely to be available for selection.
The tournament is set to take place in May 2019, meaning it will not be played until the autumn of 2021.