England vs. Italy Odds, Euro 2012 Match Betting Preview
|Written by Andrew Scofield|
|Sunday, 24 June 2012 02:05|
England and Italy will close this Sunday's quarter-final stage of Euro 2012 when both teams will see the faces in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine in one of the most anticipated matchups in this round which will leave the team last qualified to semifinals instance in which Germany awaits.
Two teams with more doubts than certainties before the start of the Euro now have the opportunity to be among the four best teams of the continent, the quarter-finals for these sets were only seen by the British and Italians more optimistic, despite being two historical powers in European football.
The "Team Rose" tackles this meeting after completing a round group with security, and even some authority. After the draw in the opening match against France claimed (1-1), beat England in a dramatic match 3-2 to Sweden and then ended the aspirations of Ukraine hosted the last date of the first phase (1-0) .
The British ended this way as leaders of Group D with seven points, harvest again filled with hope to the team of "Three Lions", the slogan now will bury the few remaining doubts on this team and support its level in search to continue their European dream.
A decisive factor for this meeting will undoubtedly be the contribution of Wayne Rooney, who, after serving a suspension, appeared in the Ukraine and signed commitment to the goal that gave the victory to the albinos "Zbirna" and the lead. The Manchester United striker stands as the bulwark offensive in England.
For this meeting, coach Roy Hodgson will face once more to doubt in reference to supplement the attack of Rooney. The area of greatest contention is on the right wing, specifically with a James Milner has not yet convinced that despite the trust received by the English with the title strategist in the three occurrences of the first phase.
The natural alternative would be Theo Walcott. The Arsenal midfielder has shown a greater imbalance in front and even contributed a goal in the emotional victory against Sweden. However, the last word Hodgson who until now have remained firm in his convictions.
Another factor against James Milner would be charged with a warning, so if a yellow card at this meeting would be lost the semifinal match against Germany, if the British advance. A similar situation living Ashley Cole, Ashley Younh, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and captain Steven Gerrard.
For its part, Italy is also reason to hope at this point. The "Squadra Azzurra" came to Euro preceded by a heavy black and bordered by a new environment in the Calcio scandal due to a possible match-fixing and even the complicated economic situation in the peninsula.
These factors cornered to the point that the participation of this team in the Euro was at stake. Besides the above context, a virtually new team, away from the historic "Catenaccio" (defensive play) characteristic in Italy, did not arouse sufficient interest and used in squad four times World Champion.
But there came a dreadful debut with the team in Spain and a nice performance of the "Azzurri" allowed the tie to 1 and the gradual return of the spotlight. A similar result against Croatia and a 2-0 win over Ireland allowed the run by Cesare Prandelli add five points and stay in second place in Group C to win the right to dispute this meeting in Kiev.
While Prandelli has chosen to separate the school of "lock" in Italy, it is certain that his team has shown some balance, backed by a superb defensive line but for this meeting will be an interesting test because one of the defenses in area low, Giorgio Chiellini will miss the game due to injury.
Leonardo Bonucci is poised to enter his place in case Prandelli choose to continue their three power line presented in the draws against Croatia and Spain and Daniele de Rossi, who plays a reliable work behind despite his vocation as driving.
The attack is probably the most surprised at the "Azzurri", especially for its diversity. The pair of Antonios, Di Natale and Cassano has shown solid addition to the contribution of Mario Balotelli, who despite being on duty in the first meeting, held at last a touchdown against Ireland (his place was occupied in the ownership by Di Natale).
But one of the areas in which Italy will suffer in this game is in the warnings. There are a total of nine players who, if defeated England, lost the semifinal: Ricdardo Montolivo, Thiago Motta, Leonardo Bonucci, Mario Balotelli, Giorgio Chiellini, Christian Maggio, Federico Balzaretti, Daniele de Rossi and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
England and Italy have only one battle in European Championships in the group stage in Italy 1980. The Italians won 1-0 with Marco Tardelli scoring at minute 79.
In Italy 1990 World faced in the match for third place. The Italians came back to win 2-1 with goals from Roberto Baggio and Salvatore Schilaci, marked by the English David Platt.
In total we have faced in 22 opportunities. Italy has an advantage with nine victories in exchange for seven defeats, there was parity in six games.
The English have an impressive streak of 25 straight games without expulsions of Euro, in fact, the only expulsion that have suffered in history was Allan Mullery, at minute 89 of the 1968 semifinal match against Yugoslavia.
The Italian officers followed accumulate 23 games without suffering a player, in this case are counted playoffs and World. His last red was the April 1, 2009, against Ireland, when Giampaolo Pazzini went into the shower just a minute 3.
England vs. Italy betting odds:
Currently at BetOnline Sportsbook England is at 9/5, Draw 19/10 and Italy is 9/5 for this matchup.