Spain v Italy Odds : Euro favourites attracting plenty of attention

It says a lot about the competitive nature of Euro 2012 that Spain and Italy are meeting in the group stages this weekend, as Bet365 offer free in play bets and make Vincent Del Bosque’s side favourites to take all three points.

The two European giants go head to head in a crucial Group C fixture, one that neither team can afford to lose. As ever, losing the first game of a tournament is one thing every single nation will be looking to avoid.

Looking at Spain to begin with, they are having to deal with the favourites tag this summer, but this is nothing new to them. Every game they have played since winning Euro 2008 has seen them as the team to beat.

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Should they become European Champions once again this summer, it would be their third major tournament victory in a row and this would be a remarkable achievement. It would be one that reflects how good they are as a team too.

Having said that, this could be the toughest tournament yet for Spain’s world beaters. They are without two key players – Carlos Puyol and David Villa – while every other nation will be gunning for them.

This includes Italy of course. They will look to take the game to Spain and perhaps take advantage of the reigning Champions being slightly nervous in the opening exchanges.

The Italian’s need to improve their own form though. They have lost three matches in a row going into this tournament and a massive turnaround is needed if they are to progress from the group, let alone achieve any more substantial success.

Looking at the team news for this match – which should get plenty of neutrals talking – Spain are set to be without Alvaro Arbeloa, although Cesc Fabregas has been passed fit.

For Italy, the much talked about Mario Balotelli is likely to lead the line and there is no doubt that he and the in-form Antonio Di Natale will be looking to be a nuisance for the Spanish defence from 5pm on Sunday evening.

As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).