It is Spain v Italy in today’s Euro 2012 Final, after Germany failed to justify the betting odds and were defeated by the Azzurri in the semis.
The fact Italy has gone so far may be a minor shock to some, but this betting tips preview expects the surprises to keep coming in the Euro 2012 Final match (Sunday, July 1, 7.45pm).
Spain’s 0-0 result against Portugal was not such a ‘bore draw’ and gave evidence that they are a still passing side who have not lost any of their discipline, skill and composure. However they could not convert the chances they made and were also exposed a fair bit at the back.
It seems that Spain have lost that killer final strike, and certainly that is the case so far this tournament. Let us not forget that Spain and Italy have already met once in these finals – in the Group stages. That was a 1-1 draw that also emphasised the loss of penetrating play.
Italy ended their opponent’s run of fourteen straight victories in competitive competitions. They are also the only team to have put a goal past Spain in these finals. They may take the ultimate prize and the crown of European Champions away from the Iberian team tonight. The one day less rest to prepare for the final should not be the factor to deny them.
If you had to choose a team in the ascendency and a team on fire from the two finalists then it would be Italy, who are still the outsiders in the betting odds for this contest with the bookies.
This is how top online bookie Bet365 offers the odds in normal time: 11/10 Spain, 21/10 draw, 3/1 Italy.
Well we know the two adversaries drew just a matter of three weeks ago and since then only one these teams has looked improved, and that is the Azzurri. They dominated the game against England in the quarter finals. Then in the semis they were supposed to be over-run by the rampant Germans. In fact the opposite happened.
Pirlo dictated in midfield magnificently while Cassano looked dangerous and Mario Balotelli (pictured) was lethal. The Man City player scored a devastating header to put his team 1-0 up before receiving a long ball that beat the German offside trap cleverly. He rifled the shot home with devastating power. The Italians were delirious while the German crowd knew the game was up and the TV cameras revelled in eking out the tears in the stands.
If the Azzurri can repeat the work-rate and that style of attacking play against Spain, who have seemed to be moving in slow motion on occasions this tournament, then there is no doubt they can finish off the World Champions inside the 90 minutes.
Euro 2012 Final Betting Tips
Expect Italy to attack fearlessly and for their defence, now strengthened since the Group game against Spain, to hold strong. Balotelli is a man of rare talent and temperament in equal measure, but his brace in the semis will make him feel he can walk on water. Spain may struggle to handle a confident ‘Super Mario’.
- Back Italy to win in normal time at 3/1 with Bet365
- Back Italy to win the Euro 2012 Final 2-1 at odds 14/1 in the ‘correct score’ betting market with Bet365.