Sunday evening sees England and Italy go head to head in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 and it is sure to be a fantastic game between two sides that have failed to live up to expectations in the last few years. For punters looking to place a bet, get on with Bet365 who have the latest England v Italy odds and are offering a free in play bet to customers to spend.
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Looking at England to being with, Roy Hodgson will be delighted that his side qualified for the knockout stages as group winners and remained unbeaten in doing so.
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Although Italy is tough test, Hodgson will be pleased to have avoided World and European Champions Spain.
The Three Lions have been impressive in spells of the tournament so far. However, make no doubt about it, they need to improve this time out against a side that will be extremely difficult to beat.
Wayne Rooney came back into the side after his suspension was had been served and the striker was the hero against Ukraine scoring the all important winner.
Looking at the betting for this encounter, the bookmakers find it tough to split two very evenly matched teams. England are the slight favourites to come out on top with odds of 7/4.
As for Italy, they did well to progress from such a tough group and also remained unbeaten in the opening stages of the tournament.
With a draw against Spain in the opening match, they have shown they are capable of competing with the best.
Claudio Prandelli’s will be relying on Andrea Pirlo having another good game. He has been Italy’s best player in the competition so far and really makes them tick. He also has a goal to his name after scoring a fantastic free-kick.
Italy won the World Cup in 2006 and with some of those players still in the squad, they have the players that know what it takes to win these big games.
Prandelli’s men are being offered at 19/10 to reach the semi-finals with a win inside 90 minutes.