Spain vs. Italy Odds - Betting Euro 2012 Final
|Written by Charlie Jimenez|
|Sunday, 01 July 2012 01:01|
The Henri Delaunay trophy is contested on Sunday. Spain, the favorite, and Italy, the controversial, disputed the final of Euro 2012 in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Both a step of writing another page in his books of achievements and football glories.
These teams have met 30 times, but do not go too far to remember the most recent, when they met in their first match of group stage this year with a tie to a goal. But neither has forgotten the confrontation four years ago that while they were 0-0, the Spanish imposed on penalties.
Coach Vicente del Bosque gave the first surprise on 10 June in Gdansk by placing even "false 9" as Cesc Fabregas, expected to Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo or Llorente tip. The strategy worked and was Cesc who scored the equalizer three minutes after the goal from Antonio Di Natale.
The only variant that has shown Del Bosque has been tipped.
Fabregas to Italy, Torres against Ireland and Croatia, again Cesc against France and against Portugal again surprised with Negredo, which went unnoticed. Has not only occupied Fernando Llorente, but Kiev seems to be taken as a test lab, but Del Bosque will not stop surprising.
Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Silva, Iniesta have been consistent with the other 10 men of the Spanish table. While Torres and Fabregas added two goals as the front, another romperredes in this edition has been Xabi Alonso, who against France did 'double in his 100th La Roja.
Spain has not had injuries during the suspension so Euro. He did it prior to it and generated the worst of omens without Carles Puyol and David Villa. But in the center have done very well Ramos Pique, even in the penalty shootout with Portugal took the pressure not only with Spain, but he carried with Real Madrid to fail from the criminal stain Champions League. Given the Lusitanian took his shot to Panenka.
But first, in the quarterfinals, Italy also advanced on penalties against England and with them the veteran Andrea Pirlo showing all the experience and security that you have inherited his years dedicated to football with a shot also what Panenka.
Italy itself was beset by injuries. He did before and during the tournament. Andrea Barzagli injured left calf four days before the start of the Euro, but Prandelli was patient and kept the squad. He played his first game against Ireland, bottom of Group C and since then has released the title in the plant.
Balotelli also caught the red flags to suffer physical discomfort the same day as the injury Barzagli, but everything was a shock. But what was never able to distance himself from all the controversy it has generated. First in the way he has faced racist attacks he has received, saying that "kill" who would launch "bananas" and then about their level of football.
Manchester City striker and champion of the Premier League suffered of firepower in the first two games, Cesare Prandelli forced him to take his scoring by sitting against Ireland, but ceded minutes off the bench and was present at the 2-0 about 90 minutes.
Returned to England to lack of goals, but created opportunities and scored the penalty shoot your shot to be the first to collect. Best of Balotelli came to Germany with two goals that knocked out of contention to one of the favorites to win the tournament.
The controversy around Italy does not stop there. Around the gunpowder ran for match-fixing. Domenico Criscito was dismissed for being under investigation in the matter, but Buffon was maintained despite being in the same tone. Even as Cesare Prandelli put option that Italy defected from the competition because of the scandal, now in the Final and contend for their second European title.
Thus, among the criticism to both styles of play and a different environment for everyone. Spain, sober in its context and outside-sporting scandals, while Italy on the other side of the coin, always immersed in the controversy as one of the most extroverted and Mario Balotelli as a flag. There is only one thing in common, both men have experience that may tip the balance on your side.
Spain reached its fourth final of Euro: Won in 1964: Lost 2-1 to the USSR in 1984: 0-2 with France. Won in 2008: 1-0 to Germany
Italy reached their third final of Euro: Won in 1968: Lost 2-0 to Yugoslavia in 2000: 1-2 to France
Spain has nine straight games without receiving direct elimination goal, from which France scored in second round of Germany 2006.
Spain adds 420 minutes without conceding goal in the Euro 2012. The brand is 465 (Italy, between 1968 (100) and 1980 (365).
Italy has 15 official matches in a row without losing (from South Africa 2-3 to Slovakia in 2010) and adds 8 consecutive matches at European Championships (from 0-3 to Holland in his presentation in 2008). Your brand is 10.
Spain has never won a World or European Championships in Italy, but was eliminated on penalties in Austria-Switzerland 2008.
Four clashes in European Championships:
Three fighting in World:
In total they have faced 30 times, Italy has an advantage with ten cattle in exchange for eight missing; prevailed 12 times the tie.
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Spain vs. Italy betting odds:
Currently at BetOnline Sportsbook Spain is at 6/5, Draw 11/5 and Italy is 5/2 for this matchup.