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Spain and Republic of Ireland meet on Thursday evening in a match where both sides will be looking to win their first game of Euro 2012.
Looking at Spain to begin with, they were slightly frustrated with a 1-1 draw against Italy in their first game.
Even though it was a good point against a genuine contender for the tournament, such are Vicente Del Bosque’s side standards, they are never happy unless they take all three.
Despite not being at their best, Del Bosque will be happy that his men still managed to pick up a positive result. They will now want them to turn on the style and take all three points here to announce themselves in the competition. They are available at 2/7 to be victorious.
There is no doubt that Spain missed David Villa leading the line. After Fernando Torres looks shot of confidence again when he came on as a substitute, it could be Fernando Llorente’s chance to prove himself.
As for Ireland, it was a nightmare start for them in the tournament as they went down 3-1 to Croatia.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s men were outclassed in every department, even in defence which will infuriate the Italian who prides himself on being hard to beat and solid at the back.
It is not all over for Ireland though, even though it will be extremely tough for them to reach the knockout stages. They need to get back to their defensive best and try and hit Spain on the counter attack.
Trapattoni will also be concerned about the lack of creativity going forward. When they get in good positions they must make them count by giving the likes of Robbie Keane a chance at goal.
It will be the shock of Euro 2012 so far if the Irish are to win here, but they are capable of being competitive.They are available at 14/1 to take all three points.