18th June 2012
Italy vs Republic of Ireland Betting: Ireland have nothing to lose and open approach can ensure both teams score
The Republic of Ireland know they are already out of Euro 2012 but they will want to leave the tournament with some pride and they have the chance to do just that on Monday night when they take on Italy in Poznan. Italy are still very much alive in the tournament and if they win and there’s a positive result in the other game in the group they will go into the quarter finals.
Italy come into the match as the very warm 1/3 favourites with Paddy Power as many believe they will be too strong for the Irish. Mario Balotelli is fit to play after recovering from a knee complaint but he may not start anyway with the Italian coach likely to partner Cassano with Antonio di Natale. Andrea Barzagli has recovered from a calf problem which means Daniele di Rossi could move back into the centre of midfield.
Republic of Ireland have been a bit timid in this tournament and they have not defended well. Hopefully for them and their fans they release the shackles in this match and have a real go with nothing to lose. As per usual Giovanni Trapattoni has named his side 24hrs before the match and he makes just one change from the side which was thrashed by Spain. Kevin Doyle will replace Simon Cox while Damien Duff will captain the side on his 100th appearance for his country.
I think this will be an open game. Italy have to win so have to take risks of some kind while Ireland have nothing to lose and while it isn’t within their comfort zone to be open and expansive there’s really no reason in shutting up shop and going home with another tentative defeat so I expect a few goals in this match and I think the 5/4 on both teams to score looks a touch of value to me.
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Author: 'Arry Allsports