There are a myriad of possible outcomes that could effect who progresses into the quarter-finals tonight, with Italy hoping that luck is on their side as group leaders Spain and Croatia fight for dominance. Here is our preview of Day 11 of Euro 2012:
Croatia V Spain
Spain are riding high from their 4-0 demolishing of Rep. Ireland, which saw the much-maligned Fernando Torres (who is expected to start again today) sink home two whilst David Silva put on a clinic, setting up both of the £50million Chelsea striker's goals whilst slotting one in himself. A victory for them means that they progress to the quarter-finals as Group C leaders, whilst a draw means qualification.
On the other hand, Croatia have proved to be unbeatable thus far and could be looking for an upset victory over the Spaniards. Their form in their recent international matches has been impressive (they've lost just 3 out of 29) and with the winning combination of Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic up front they could manage to claw a draw out of this game, if not a victory.
This meeting is being touted as one of the most exciting prospects of the tournament, so expect both teams to go all out to ensure their spot in the quarter-finals.
Croatia 8/1, Draw 13/5, Spain 1/2
Italy V Rep. Ireland
Italy go into their match against Ireland tonight with victory being a requirement for their progression in the quarter-finals. Both Spain and Croatia have already steamrolled their way through the Irish team so Italy are expected to do the same, but their place in the knockout round is not solely reliant on this game alone – they will also be willing either Spain or Croatia to be victorious in their match, which would then make them runners-up in the group and thus allow them to qualify for the quarter-finals.
However, if Spain and Croatia draw, this leaves Italy's place in the quarter-finals determined upon goal difference – a dangerous position for Cesare Prandelli's team. Thus far Italy have only managed to accumulate two 1-1 draws, which means that Prandelli will be hoping that his squad pull out a game with a few goals, so expect to see a heavily attacking formation with Antonio Di Natale, whose stunning goal against Spain should still be lingering in the Italians memory, leading the charge in place of the unreliable Mario Balotelli.
Italy 1/3, Draw 4/1, Rep. Ireland 8/1
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