EURO 2012 Finals - Spain V. Italy Betting Odds
The EURO 2012 Final will feature tournament favorite Spain against the surprise challenger Italy. Having won the last European tournament Spain is hoping to repeat their triumph from 2008. Spain put away Portugal in penalty kicks, while Italy’s surprising domination of Germany advanced them to the finals. In this game Spain is still the favorite to win with an EVEN Money line (+280 Italy). However, Italy is the only team that Spain has played but not beaten in this tournament. Back in the first game of their Group Stage these two teams finished with a draw at one goal apiece.
Spain is EURO and World Cup Champions, no team has ever won three consecutive major tournaments, but Spain can make history with a win this Sunday in Kyiv, Ukraine. It won’t be easy though, no team has ever successfully defended a EURO title.
Against Germany the Spanish defenders looked quite put together and of the two final teams Spain has allowed the least goals in regular time; one goal. That one goal came in Spain’s draw with Italy, while Italy has allowed three goals over the course of the tournament. Likewise Spain has been more productive on offense having scored 8 goals to Italy’s 6. Spain has also managed a staggering 40 corners to Italy’s 27 during the tournament.
Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque was quite proud of his squad for pulling out a win over Portugal to give Spain the shot at another championship. Del Bosque indicated that it was his team’s aggressive tactics late in the game that help them come close to winning in regular time. Interestingly Italy was also herald for its aggressive style as they prepared to face Germany. So we will watch two aggressive teams duke it in the EURO Finals.
Now here’s another fact to consider, Spain has not beaten Italy in 90 min of competitive play since 1920. Now, also remember that Italy has never lost to Germany in competitive play; and despite being heavy underdogs, controlled and won their Semi-Final match against Germany on Thursday continuing their unbroken streak. Style and tactics are such a strong determent of outcome in soccer that it may be worth believing Italy to upset Spain on Sunday; history seems to be a good point of reference for predicting Italy’s success.
Key players to watch in the Finals from the Italian side will be Pirlo, who won the Man of the Match award against Germany, and Balotelli, Italy’s super talented goal scorer. On the Spainish side look out for Fàbregas, who scored the tying goal in the Group Stage draw, and David Silva, who has had 3 assists in the tournament and 1 goal.
Any way you look at it this is not a game to miss. The history between these two teams, present and past is terrific; and you can bet that each side will be practiced and ready for a long match with plenty of action.
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