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2012 Euro Cup Odds & Picks: Italy vs. Croatia Match Odds & Preview

Italy vs. Croatia Match Analysis: Upset Could Be Brewing For Croats: Italy and Croatia are two of the three teams that figure to be in the running to get into the quarterfinals, and these two could be in the decisive match on Thursday. The Italians know that they have all of the pressure in the world on them to take three points from this fixture, but the Croatians aren’t going to go quietly either. Try to beat the Euro 2012 betting odds with our Italy vs. Croatia tips and predictions.

It is clear that Italy’s Euro 2012 chances might come down to this. The team did a nice job surviving, getting a point out of the first match of the tourney against Spain, and getting three points in this match might get the team going once again, especially with what should be the easiest match on the docket coming in the finale against Ireland. Meanwhile, Croatia already has its three points against the Irish under its belt, and it has to find some way to eke more points out of these matches between Italy and Spain coming up.

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Italy vs. Croatia Schedule and Match Information
Italy vs. Croatia Match Date/Time: Thursday, June 14th, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Italy vs. Croatia Stadium: Stadion Miejski, Poznan
Italy vs. Croatia on TV: ESPN2,, ESPN Deportes
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Italy vs. Croatia Match Odds: Italy -0.5 (+135)
Italy vs. Croatia Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -115)

Italy came up with one of the best performances that we have seen from a team here on the Euro 2012 odds when it was able to stick with the Spaniards for a much deserved draw. It was a touch and go affair for the majority of the effort, but in the end, the 1-1 score line was probably deserved. Gianluigi Buffon the captain of the Italian team, was one of the stars of the match, as he stopped a ton of remarkable Spanish efforts in his box. It was substitute Antonio Di Natale who scored the lone goal of the match though, and it came right when he got onto the pitch against a sometimes suspect Spanish defense. Don’t think that Italy had a great defensive effort, though. There were plenty of holes that could have, lest perhaps should have been exploited, but thanks to Buffon, the point was procured.

The Croats were clearly the better team in the opening match of its tournament. The Irish didn’t even get a single corner against Croatia, and they really struggled just to get any opportunities on goal. It was a particularly strong match for Mario Mandzukic. He tallied two goals, one right at the start of the first half, and one at the outset of the second half to really put the match to rest. Nikica Jelavic, a man that we warned was going to be one of the heroes for this Croatian team at the outset, also scored the go-ahead goal right before the intermission that proved to be the winner.

Italy vs. Croatia Match Preview & Analysis: There really is a heck of a lot of pressure here on Italy, and we think that it could be in some trouble as a result. This team really didn’t play all that well at times against Spain, and we have to remember that there just weren’t all that many great results in friendly matches coming into this one. Croatia is beaming with confidence, and that could be the difference in what might be a remarkable match to watch. Don’t be all that shocked if the Croats lock up their place in the second round by winning this fixture.

Italy vs. Croatia Punting Tip: Croatia +0.5 (-150) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Italy vs. Croatia Score Prediction: Italy 1 – Croatia 2

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