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Euro 2012 Betting Tips: Who Will Win Spain vs. Ireland Match?

Soccer Betting Tips for Euro 2012: Spanish To Make Short Work Of Irish: Spain vs. Ireland Euro 2012 is expected to be one of these matches that could get out of hand in a hurry. Both of these offenses have the ability to score and score in bunches, but the top rated team in the world is clearly the superior side from where we are sitting. Don’t miss out on our Spain vs. Republic of Ireland predictions and tips for what should be yet another great fixture on Match Day 7 on the Euro 2012 schedule.

Ireland might become the first team that is knocked out of this tournament formally. The squad already has a -2 goal differential after getting clocked by Croatia, and now, the team has to go up against the best in the world with a match against Italy remaining. There is still a level of optimism in the Irish camp, and that probably comes from the fact that there indeed were some close calls against Croatia, but in the end, this is clearly the biggest uphill battle that any team in this competition has at this point. Spain cannot afford a slip up here after getting just a point from Italy in the first match of the tournament and won’t take this one lightly.

Spain vs. Ireland Schedule and Match Information
Spain vs. Ireland Match Date/Time: Thursday, June 14th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Spain vs. Ireland Stadium: PGE Arena
Spain vs. Ireland on TV: ESPN2,, ESPN Deportes
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Spain vs. Ireland Match Odds: Spain -1.5 (-135)
Spain vs. Ireland Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -120)

The truth of the matter is that the Irish just don’t have the horses to stick around in this match. They had a terrible time in defense trying to slow down Croatia in the opening match of this tournament for them, and they are going to be in even more trouble at the back this time with the attacking Spaniards getting into the penalty area. Shay Given was a nightmare in net, and the argument could be made that he should have been credited with an own goal after a ball went off of the post and off of his noodle to get into the back of his own net. Sure, offensively there were some good chances, but Robbie Keane and Damien Duff really know that they need to step it up if there is going to be any chance of procuring points in this fixture.

Spain though, knows just how important this match really is. With just one point at this point, there is a good chance that at least four more points will be necessary to get into the second round. There also might be a huge difference between winning the group and finishing second down the road in the knockout rounds as well. Fernando Torres was left out of the Starting XI against Italy, and he did little to prove that he should be in the fold, getting snuffed out of two chances in the dying 20 minutes of the match that could have, lest probably should have given his nation the three points and the likely direct route into the quarterfinals. Instead, it was Cesc Fabregas that saved the day, erasing Antonio Di Natale’s opening strike in the second half to put the Spaniards back on terms. Look for this offense to be able to get a heck of a lot more going in this match against a poor Irish defense, as opposed to going up against what at times can be one of the most stout defenses in the world.

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Spain vs. Ireland Match Preview & Analysis: With apologies to the Irish, we just don’t see things getting any better for them. Could they find a way to scratch out a goal in this match? We think that it is entirely possible in spite of the fact that Iker Casillas is one of the best goalies in this tournament and in the whole world. Still, the real issues that we have are in the back for the Republic of Ireland. John O’Shea can’t do this all by himself, and Given looks like the game has just totally passed him by. Look for Spain to get on the board early and often in what should be an easy jaunt, perhaps all the way to the top of Group C going into the final fixtures of the group next week.

Spain vs. Ireland Punting Tip: Spain -1.5 (-130) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Spain vs. Ireland Score Prediction: Spain 3 – Ireland 0

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