Italy pleasantly surprised many punters with the way they played in their deserved 1-1 draw with Spain last week and a repeat of that performance against Croatia at odds against with William Hill, who offer free bets on the game, will surely lead to a victory.
The Croats also gave a sparkling opening showing against Ireland, seeing off the boys in green 3-1, which has put them just one win away from qualifying to the knockout stages.
Despite their near flawless display against the Irish they have been made clear second favourites for this clash with Italy being installed as 6/5 with William Hill. Croatia are a 12/5 (William Hill) whilst the draw can be backed at 11/5 (William Hill).
It’s not surprising to see that 12/5 being popular with Hills customers as past meeting between the sides tip the scales in Croatia’s favour. Slaven Bilic’s men have lost just one of their last six meetings against Italy, winning three of those in good style.
However, by the look of their steely opening showing against Spain, Italy look focused and galvanised on the job on the hand this tournament and will be confident of picking up maximum points.
On a high-class day of football, it is reported that William Hill have seen a huge amount of interest in Italy and Spain, who play Ireland, both winning their respective Group C matches.
According to the firm over 90% of all bets on the Ireland/Spain game have been for Vincente Del Bosque’s men (1/4) while Italy have been the subject of almost 70% of all bets in their match against Croatia. The double pays 7/4 and could cost William Hill fortunes if landing.
“The two sides have been extremely well backed and by tomorrow, either side could represent seven figure liabilities by the time the games kick off,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.
“These are two European bankers that our punters are putting faith in and we could need a bail out should they do the double.”
The game kicks off at 17:00 GMT at the Municipal Stadium, Poznan.