The 2017 EuroBasket tournament begins on Thursday 31st August; starting a two-and-a-half week-long festival of basketball across the continent. While it has traditionally been a competition that takes place every two years, the 2017 edition starts a four-year cycle from now on, with the next due to take place in 2021.
With many countries bidding to host the games, it was ultimately decided that all matches would be held across Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey. There are five separate venues altogether: two in Istanbul and one each in Helsinki, Tel Aviv and Cluj-Napoca. All have capacities of at least 10,000, with the Sinan Erdem Dome in Turkey the biggest at 16,000.
In total, 24 countries have qualified for the tournament, and the format is four groups of six sides, with the four best from each group going into the knockout rounds – starting with the round of 16 on 9th September.Tipbet have this whole event covered, with a big range of odds that cover the whole of the 2017 EuroBasket, starting with the group games. The opener sees Slovenia take on Poland, and it is the Poles that head into it in better form. They have won four of their last five fixtures in all competitions, though have won just once in their past five games with Slovenia.
Their opponents, meanwhile, have not been at their best, but are still favourites at 1.35 to start with a win. Poland are at 3.00, though it should be noted that both countries reached the knockout stages of EuroBasket 2015, facing elimination in the first knockout round. The second match of Group A has a much bigger gap in the odds, with Iceland 9.75 to get two points against Greece (1.02) who won all their group matches last time, before ultimately finishing fifth. Elsewhere, Great Britain are 2.80 to see off Belgium (1.40) in what is expected to be one of the closest fixtures on matchday one.
Reigning champions Spain will be confident of challenging for the trophy again – they begin in Group C against Montenegro and are 1.08 to get two points. They are 1.25 in the season bets to come out in top of their group. They are also scheduled to face Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. Odds for all other group stage fixtures are available here.