Italy and Croatia meet on Thursday evening in what is sure to be a great game in this very competitive group, as Bet365 offer a very attractive 5/4 on the Italians securing victory.
Looking at Italy to begin with, they had a solid 1-1 draw with World Champions Spain in their first match, so can go into this game confident of a positive result.
Claudio Prandelli’s men took the lead in the match through substitute Antonio Di Natale but were pegged back just four minutes later, however their performance against the World Champions earned plenty of praise from the fans and pundits alike, and there looked to be a solid backbone to the side, particularly in defence.
- BEST BET : Get on the Italians at a value looking price of 5/4 with Bet365 – Antonio Di Natale looked a clear danger when he came on, and if he starts, he could be the difference between the sides.
In the end, it was a good point for Italy and they stuck to their game plan well. They will feel as though if they play like that throughout the tournament they will have a real chance of going far.
Prandelli’s men will still be aware that they have not won in four games though, so they will need to find some form this time around. Reports coming from Italy suggest that the manager may opt to drop Mario Balotelli to the bench and start with Udinese star Di Natale after the Man City striker misfired in front of goal.
In terms of the betting for this match, the Italians are the favourites to take all three points with odds of 5/4.
As for Croatia, they had a fantastic win over Republic of Ireland last time out when they were 3-1 winners.
Slaven Bilic’s men played some great football on Sunday evening and fully deserved their victory.
Luka Modric ran the game and was pulling all of the strings in the middle of the park. He seemed to be involved in everything Croatia did going forward.
Bilic will know that a win here will see them qualify for the knockout stages with one group game to spare, which would give them a massive advantage.
However, Croatia will have to upset the odds if they are to win this encounter. Despite their good form they are 13/5 to come out on top.
With plenty of stake for both teams in this match it has the makings of being a classic.