In what looks to be an exciting first round of fixtures in Euro 2012, Spain v Italy has to be one of the stand out ties, as Bet365 report a free in play bet offer on the game, which is sure to attract a wave of interest from punters.
Despite both being absolute giants in European Football, they are in very different spirits going into the tournament.
- BEST BET : The draw at 11/4 with Bet365 looks a cracking bet here, as both teams would settle for a point – the loss of David Villa is a big blow for Del Bosque, and the Spanish could find problems breaking down a stubborn Italian defence. This could easily go 0-0 – Get on with Bet365 here
Spain are extremely confident about their chances of picking up a third major trophy in a row, especially as they maintained a 100% record during qualifying.
Vicente Del Bosque’s men have also won their last four friendly’s leading up to the competition, scoring twelve goals.
It will not be plain sailing for Spain though as they find themselves with a couple of big injury blows. None more so than all time leading goal scorer David Villa who has failed to recovered from a broken leg that he suffered in December.
It is a very young side that Del Bosque takes to Poland and Ukraine as just two outfield players are over 30-years-old. They are the favourites to win this encounter with odds of 4/5.
As for Italy, confidence must be low in their camp after three straight defeats on home soil. Last time out they lost 3-0 to Russia where they were completely out played.
Claudio Prandelli knows that he does have the players that are capable of going far in the tournament, but his big task is getting the big characters in the squad to gel.
Prandelli will hope that Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano work well together, although he will know that it does have the potential to go horribly wrong.
One thing you can never do is write the Italians off, they won the 2006 World Cup when no one had really given them a chance so they could do the same again this summer.
Italy will have to be at their best to take all three points in this match and you can back them at 19/4.