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Predictions For England Italy Betting - Italy Stops England's Run

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/21/2012 5:33:21 PM

Two nations with a considerable presence in international football will lock horns in the last of four quarterfinal matchups at the European Cup Championship tournament. Game on!

Euro 2012 Quarterfinals: England (Group D Winner) vs. Italy (Group C runner-up)
Sunday, June 24
Sports betting line: N/A

Why England Will Win

When you place a bet on a soccer match after looking at any of several betting sites, you have to look at offensive weaponry, and in this particular category, it seems that England is a little more dangerous than Italy at this point in time. It's true that England managed more than one goal in only one of its three preliminary-round games, but manager Roy Hodgson's team played two games without Wayne Rooney, and when Rooney returned to the lineup against Ukraine on Tuesday, he promptly scored a goal after a blunder by the Ukrainian goalkeeper. England's 3-2 win over Sweden last Friday was the most entertaining opening-round match of the tournament.

Spectacular shotmaking and creative play in traffic enabled the English to prevail in a shootout. The Italians prefer to play a defense-based game, but if this contest opens up to any degree, England will find itself in the driver's seat. It also needs to be said that Italy's defense has not been airtight this tournament, especially when holding a lead. The Italians lost a 1-0 lead to Spain in their first match and another one-goal lead against Croatia. England's Steven Gerrard has enjoyed a fantastic Euro 2012 to this point, because he has been so relentlessly consistent at providing high-quality crossing passes into the goalie box. Opportunities for headers are going to continue to exist as long as Gerrard is healthy and on the pitch. One doesn't need to wonder how the English are going to score goals in this contest.

Why Italy Will Win

When you place a bet on a major international football showdown, bet against the English. It's true: Italy typically rises to the moment in these kinds of events, having won four World Cup championships and boasting the kind of goalkeeping that frustrates opponents. Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who won the 2006 World Cup title, is still providing top-class work for his national team, and that's why Italy has such a good chance of scoring a 1-0 win over England. It also has to be said that manager Cesare Prandelli got his team to play with a little more aggressiveness against both Croatia and Ireland, scoring two goals in each instance.

Italy is not sitting back quite as much as it once did; a more positive form of football from this team indicates that the Italians are willing to win different kinds of games played with varying degrees of pace. A more skilled Italian offense will give headaches to English defenders, who have been decidedly spotty to this point in the tournament.

Click here for ample information on the latest sportsbook odds in Euro 2012.

Who Will Win?

While England has more weapons, Italy owns more discipline on defense and clearly better goalkeeping. It would be a mild surprise if England – usually the underachiever – manages to beat the overachieving Italians in this situation on this stage.

 International Football Betting Pick: Italy


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