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Group C Euro Cup Odds: Ireland vs. Croatia Predicted Results

Ireland vs. Croatia Picks: Irish To Cling To Draw: The Republic of Ireland vs. Croatia odds should be considered awfully tight on Saturday afternoon at the Stadion Miejski in Poznan, as the two bottom feeding teams in Group C are going to have at it in a crucial fixture. Should there be a winner of this match, that team will go a long way towards potentially shocking Euro 2012 and making it into the quarterfinals of this event.

One would think, based upon the FIFA World Rankings alone, that the Croats should be able to succeed in this spot. Croatia is one of the Top 15 ranked teams in the world. Ireland is nowhere to be found in the Top 25. Alas, both of these teams have had their struggles of late in major tournaments. The Irish couldn’t even qualify for most of the events, and even when they are getting there, they really haven’t had a heck of a lot to smile about. They haven’t been in the knockout rounds of a major tournament since the 2002 World Cup, and they have never been in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro Cup either. At least Croatia had that epic third place finish in France in World Cup 98, a World Cup that Ireland was not even a part of.

Ireland vs. Croatia Schedule and Match Information
Ireland vs. Croatia Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 10th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Ireland vs. Croatia Stadium: Stadion Miejski
Ireland vs. Croatia on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Ireland vs. Croatia Match Odds: Croatia -0.5 (+120)
Ireland vs. Croatia Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -110)

On the pitch itself this time around though, the question is going to be whether either side is going to be able to really get their offense going. For Ireland, the man of the hour is going to be Robbie Keane, who is taking a hiatus from the Los Angeles Galaxy and the MLS to make it here to the Euros. He has 53 goals for his country, and it is clear that when he is on his game, he is the best that the Republic of Ireland has to offer. Kevin Doyle should get the nod at the other striker position and he has 10 goals in 48 career games.

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Croatia though, is being a heck of a lot quieter about its plans for this fixture. The possibility is there that the Croats are going to want to keep more at the back to counter what should be a more offensive Irish side. That being said, we just don’t know, beyond Josip Simunic and Vedran Corluka, whether the lack of experience is going to cost the team if that is its strategy or not. We know that Nikica Jelavic is going to be all over the field, just as he was for Everton this year, though he is clearly going to have to improve upon his two goals in 19 career fixtures to help Croatia make it into the knockout rounds.

The good news for both sides is that there is plenty of experience in net. Shay Given has been around this Ireland team for quite some time, and he is used to playing against the highest level of competition in the world. On the other side though, Stipe Pletikosa has played in 91 games for his country, including three here in the Euros, and he shouldn’t be forgotten either.

Ireland vs. Croatia Match Preview & Analysis: In the end, we really think that the draw is the best option in this one. Both of these sides should be full of gusto at the outset of this tournament, and we think that both are going to end up grabbing a goal, and a point.

Ireland vs. Croatia Punting Tip: Draw (11/5) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Ireland vs. Croatia Score Prediction: Ireland 1 – Croatia 1

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