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In one of the picks of the opening Euro 2012 fixtures, Spain and Italy meet on Sunday evening for what is sure to be an extremely competitive Group C fixture, as we bring you the latest bet365 free bet offer as Bet365 announce a £50/50 in play free bet offer and live stream.
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Spain are of course the favourites to win the whole tournament, while Italy – who were World Champions in 2006 – will want to prove many people wrong by winning this game and going onto have a decent performance.
Looking at Spain more specifically to begin with, this is their chance to justify their favourites tag, while it also presents them with an opportunity to quash fears their dominance over European football is over.
Some have suggested that this Spanish team are coming towards the end of their cycle of success and the injuries to David Villa and Carlos Puyol haven’t exactly helped their cause.
However, they still have an unbelievable amount of talent – especially in midfield – and they are certainly expected to be contenders. How can a team with Xavi, Xabi Alonso, David Silva and Andres Iniesta in their midfield not be considered?
As for Italy, they have been given an injury boost with the news that Mario Balotelli is ready to line up against the Spanish. The Manchester City forward could be the spark that ignites Italy hopes and it is certainly never dull when he is in the starting line-up.
Italy certainly need to improve on their recent form though. It is often good to get some wins in prior to the tournament, but for the Italians it has been quite the opposite. They lost three friendly matches in a row coming into this tournament and a massive improvement is required this weekend.
With Spain’s danger men the usual suspects, Italy are definitely more unpredictable with regards to who could be their star men. The likes of Balotelli, Antonio Cassano and Andrea Pirlo could turn on the style, but could equally be anonymous.
Overall, Spain are the favourites to take three points in this one – they are 4/5 for victory – while Italy are the outsiders at 9/2. For this 5pm kick-off on Sunday to be a draw, you can get odds of 11/4.