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

Soccer Betting Tips for Euro 2012: Irish To Crash Out Of Euros With No Points: After two days of thrilling and chilling soccer betting action on the final match day of the group stage of Euro 2012, we have our first team that is playing with nothing to play for but pride on Monday afternoon. Our Euro 2012 picks today feature Ireland playing against Italy in a game that could be everything to the Italians, or absolutely nothing for either side depending upon how the other game on the Group C Euro Cup fixtures pans out. Check out our Ireland vs. Italy picks for what should be a highly entertaining match.

Irish eyes definitely weren’t smiling on their homeland over the course of the last week. With no points and just one goal to show for their first two fixtures, the Irish are going to be headed back to Dublin once this match is over regardless of the outcome. Anything less than a win, and Ireland is going to finish in dead last in Group C, though we must admit that it was a result that was awfully predictable when push came to shove. For Italy though, it is going to be all about scoreboard watching. Eight years ago, the Italians were essentially screwed out of Euro 2004 when Denmark and Sweden played to a 2-2 draw on the final day of the group stage to knock them out of the tournament. Now, if Croatia and Spain play to that same result once again, regardless of what happens here in Poznan, the Italians will be knocked out of this tournament.

Italy vs. Ireland Schedule and Match Information
Italy vs. Ireland Match Date/Time: Monday, June 18th, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Italy vs. Ireland Stadium: Poznan Municipal Stadium
Italy vs. Ireland on TV: ESPN2, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes
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Italy vs. Ireland Match Odds: Italy -1.5 (+120)
Italy vs. Ireland Betting Line Total: 2.5 (Over -135)

Italy knows that it clearly has the better team at its disposal, but it needs to find some more consistent offense to make sure that it gets three points from this match. After all, anything less than a win, and even if the 2-2 fix between Croatia and Spain isn’t in, the Italians will be bounced. The only goals of this tournament thus far for Italy came from Antonio Di Natale against Spain, and Andrea Pirlo against Croatia. Still, the 1-1 draw against the Croats was a distinct reminder that matters just aren’t quite right for the Azzurri. They aren’t playing all that well defensively, allowing far too many breakdowns at the back and leaving Gianluigi Buffon with far more to handle than he should. They also aren’t getting enough chances offensively. Mario Balotelli has been rather MIA over the course of this entire tournament, and so too has Antonio Cassano. This was supposed to be one of the best striking tandems in Euro 2012, and that just hasn’t been the case for the most part.

The poor Irish have just been badly outclassed over the course of the first two games in this tournament. Matters don’t figure to get all that much better either here in Poznan. The team has just one goal, and a fluky score at that it was against Croatia in the team’s opening fixture. Since that point, it has been all downhill. There have been seven goals allowed, and Shay Given has had an absolutely atrocious time in net. This is going to be the 100th match for his country for Damien Duff, and he is going to be wearing the captain’s band for this match in honor of that accomplishment. Unfortunately for Duff, he knows that there is nothing that his team can do to advance into the quarterfinals at this point, but perhaps taking three points from the 2006 World Cup champions would do wonders for the advancement of Irish soccer.

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Italy vs. Ireland Match Preview & Analysis: Still, we just don’t see how Italy isn’t going to run roughshod over Ireland like Spain did. Remember that the Spanish absolutely dominated possession of the ball in that fixture four days ago, and there is just no reason to believe that that won’t be the case once again in a very important match for the Italians. Don’t be all that surprised if this one gets ugly early, just as the match against Spain did. Italy is clearly the stronger of the two sides, and we think that about the only thing that the Irish will be happy about, is perhaps a stray goal that gets past Buffon.

Italy vs. Ireland Punting Tip: Italy -1.5 (+120) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Italy vs. Ireland Score Prediction: Italy 3 – Ireland 1

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