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

England vs. Italy Match Analysis: Confidence For Both Italy and England To Provide Draw: You aren’t going to find all that many matches in the world of soccer that are expected to be as close and as evenly matched as the Euro 2012 quarterfinal fixture between Italy and England. These two teams look remarkably similar to one another, and they both have to be happy to be in the last eight standing in this tournament, and one will become the feel good story of the Euro Cup semifinals following Sunday’s match at Kiev Olympic Stadium. Don’t miss our England vs. Italy tips and predictions for what should be an absolutely outstanding 90 minutes, and quite possibly more of soccer.

To get to this point in the tournament, there was a heck of a lot of drama for both England and Italy. Neither team had to feel all that great about its chances, knowing that the Azzurri almost withdrew from the field before the tourney ever got started. Meanwhile, the Three Lions had to play without a heck of a lot of their stalwarts that have become commonplace in their lineup due to injuries, and Wayne Rooney had to sit out the first two matches via suspension. However, England got the job done by taking a point from France in the first fixture and then consecutive victories to storm into this juncture, while Italy was able to salvage a pair of draws before beating the Republic of Ireland to just barely squeak into the second round.

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England vs. Italy Schedule and Match Information
England vs. Italy Match Date/Time: Sunday, June 24th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
England vs. Italy Stadium: Kiev Olympic Stadium
England vs. Italy on TV: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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England vs. Italy Match Odds: England pk (-105)
England vs. Italy Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -105)

There really isn’t a heck of a lot of optimism in England about Euro 2012, and we can definitely understand why. The team wasn’t necessarily considered a shoe-in to make it to the quarterfinals in the first place, and more importantly, there hasn’t been a win in the knockout stage of any major tournament since the 2006 World Cup. However, Manager Roy Hodgson might have found the right combination of strikers, using Manchester United teammates Danny Welbeck and Rooney together at the front against Ukraine. Sure, the match ended in a seemingly pedestrian 1-0 victory, but that was a match that was played on the road in a huge venue, and in a huge spot for the hosts. This could be a different story for sure against an Italian side that, though it has a great defense and a fantastic net minder, won’t have the same type of backing from the hometown crowd in Kiev. Team Captain Steven Gerrard has had himself a heck of a tournament to date, including setting up Rooney’s goal against the Ukrainians to ensure that the Three Lions would be on their way to the quarterfinals.

If not for the great play of Gianluigi Buffon, it is anyone’s guess whether the Azzurri would still be in this tournament or not. He made some remarkable stops against Spain in the first match of Group C to preserve what turned out to be quite the crucial point, and he also was massive in the shutout of Ireland to move on to Round 2. Defensively, Italy is as stout as any team in this tournament, and offensively, there are definitely some stars that could be set to shine. All three of the team’s usual strikers, Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, and Antonio Di Natale have found the back of the net in the opening three matches, and Andrea Pirlo, one of the best midfielders in the world also has a strike. There have definitely been some questions asked of the defenders, knowing that only Leonardo Boncci and Giorgio Chiellini have played in all three fixtures, but it seems like whatever combination gets trotted out there by Manager Cesare Prandelli is working, as the team has allowed just two goals in three matches.

England vs. Italy Match Preview & Analysis: This should be just a fantastic fixture. We would be shocked to see either team be able to really pull ahead of the other at any point with all that much gusto, and we think that there are going to be moments of brilliance on both sides. Expect to see both score a goal in regulation, and then potentially again in the next 30 minutes that we think are going to ensue. In the end, we’ll go with the Italians to go through on PKs, but we still think that this could be a match that easily goes either way. Look for extra time in Kiev for our England vs. Italy predictions, picks, and tips.

England vs. Italy Punting Tip: Draw (+200) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

England vs. Italy Score Prediction: England 1 (2) – Italy 1 (4)

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