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Where To Put Your Money For Spain vs Italy

Spain v Italy (7.45pm, Live on BBC1 and ITV1)

Bookmakers make Spain the favourites at 2.2 to win in normal time, but their are plenty of reasons to believe that Italy are worth a punt at 3.75 with bet365 and Paddy Power to come out on top.

They put in an encouraging performance against the world champions in the opening game in the Group stages when drawing 1-1, and since then have improved with every game.

Cesare Prandelli’s side has defended strongly in every match but unlike previous Italian sides have also shown plenty of attacking flair.

They easily brushed aside Ireland, outclassed England and fully deserved their 2-1 semi-final win over Germany when playing some outstanding football.

The Azzurri are the form team of the tournament, and the stats are also good as far as they are concerned.

Spain have met Italy seven times before in major tournaments and never managed an outright win. Their only success was in a penalty shootout at Euro 2008 in the quarter-finals following a 0-0 draw.

Italy have also lost only two of their last 19 matches outright at Euro finals and I think they have been underestimated by the old enemy.

They also have a midfield maestro in Andrea Pirlo who has been outstanding and dictated the tempo in every game he has played so far.

The Juventus player has scored a goal, provided 2 assists and has a remarkable 87% pass success rate.

He is a 21 chance with bet365 to net the opener, but it’s Italy’s star striker Mario Balotelli that appeals as the punt in that market at 8.5 with Boylesports.

The Manchester City man missed a hatful of chances against England, but made no mistake when bagging two against Germany in a match which saw him raise his game to another level.

I think he can lead his team to victory in 90 minutes, as I have failed to be impressed by the Spaniards to this point.

OK, the world and European champions have continued their amazing run in competitive matches since losing to Switzerland in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup and are now unbeaten in 19 (won 17).

But both the draws have come at this tournament – 1-1 against Italy in the group stage and 0-0 against Portugal in the semi-finals (won on penalties) – and they have not looked at their best.

Their demolition of lowly Ireland and a troubled French side proved very little, and they failed to sparkle until extra-time in their semi-final against Portgual.

Coach Vicente del Bosque is also likely to retain the 4-6-0 formation employed then in this, and that is a tactic that didn’t work particularly well against Italians in the group game.

If the same Italian side that we saw in the semis turns up again then I think they are more than capable of beating the Spaniards, and if they do get their noses in front they have the defensive qualities to hang on.

Italy to win 2-0 or 2-1 is my idea of the outcome, and those scorelines can be backed at 18 and 16 respectively with Betfred.

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509 Comments

  1. Jeet says:

    @Sandeep: he loves you and cedars :lol:

    Can’t stop LMAO…aww, the poor kid – all he wants is some attention, a little TLC…how could you, you hard hearted bastards ! :lol:

  2. Harish says:

    I strongly believe our pre season games should be more competitive. Full respect to every team we are playing but I can’t see how helpful would it be by playing against lesser known african and a chinese team. Apart from barcelona no game is competitive.

  3. Costas says:

    Where’s Iced Earth? :lol:

    I should watch 2011-2012 review later today. From what I hear, the MUTV commentary along with the weird camera angles for the goals that plagued last season’s review are gone for this one. Thank fuck. That should cheer up Notorious. :)

    Hopefully one day the club will release a better version of the 10-11 season. Such a shame that a historic season like that was chronicled in such a cheap fashion.

  4. Sandeep1878 says:

    Jeet,

    you bloody northy fucker ;) :P

  5. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    What d f*k is sichu?
    I’m chiko that’s me I’m no sichu

    Why would you?
    Come on guys please!!!!!
    Sir cedars I’m your biggest fan go to my facebook page and check on my details, I’m no sichu??????? No!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hell no

  6. Sandeep1878 says:

    Harish,

    these pre season games are just warm up and kinga go get the fitness games..

    so i dont mind if the teams are not that strong, but nothing should change our preparation for the season..

    we gotta take it easy this time around after all the fucking injuries we have had this season..

    If Vidic is fit by September, there is nothing like it..The mIghty has been a big miss..

    ###

    Costas,

    true that, sometimes i wonder why our official videos suck..

    Hopeing for HD ones pal..

    and any news on Fletch?

  7. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    First:
    Why do you think that of me?
    Second: what in hell did I do wrong to deserve that?
    3rd: I saw this last night u wrote it ‘sichu’ last night bt nver putted it to mind cause never heard of such in my entire lyf
    And decided to role as one of cedars crazy moments.
    4th: I deserve explanations, no???

  8. Costas says:

    @Sandeep

    Until 09-10, our official season review were just fine. Match commentary was from Sky and BBC (although my main issue isn’t listening to Gardner celebrate our goals, far from it) and there were fresh sit down interviews with Fergie and some of our key players. In last season’s review, all they did was compile the match highlights from MUTV along with some of the interviews the channel took during the season. It felt like a lazy and cheap job. The only fresh thing they added was the different camera angles for the goals we scored. And it got annoying after a while. I don’t mean to nitpick, but imo the season we won the 19th title deserved more. Maybe they should have saved their laziness for this season’s review. :)

  9. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    Guys no
    I’m still shocked

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