Italy Ireland as odds against Pirlo and co qualifying from Group C

Its Italy v Ireland and Spain v Croatia  Monday evening, in a game that is must win for the Italians, as if they lose or draw they will be on their way home form Euro 2012, as Paddy Power report free bets and plenty of support for Trapatonni’s men as they bid farewell to the tournament.

A draw for Croatia and Spain would be enough to see them both through to the quarter finals, meaning Italian eyes will be on the PGE Arena, Gdansk as they hope for a favourable result.

Claudio Prandelli’s men are currently two points behind Spain and Croatia in Group C so know that anything other than three points here would see them exit Euro 2012 at the earliest stage.

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Prandelli may be frustrated that his side have not already qualified from the group as in their two previous games they have thrown 1-0 leads away and drawn the matches. They have also created plenty of chances but have not been clinical enough in front of goal.

With the pressure massively of them in this game, Italy have to come out and attack Ireland from the off, which is not usually their way of playing but they have no other option.

Taking a look at the betting for the Italians in this encounter, they are red hot favourites. You can back them at 1/4 to be victorious.

As for Ireland, it has been a tournament to forget for them and they only have pride to play for on Sunday evening as two heavy defeats has seen them eliminated from Euro 2012.

The Irish fans knew that it was always going to be tough to progress from such a tough group, but they would have been expecting the team to put up more of a fight.

The goals that Giovanni Trapattoni’s men have conceded have been unlike them under him. The Italian boss would have been confiedent in his side’s defence being solid but if truth be told, they have choked under the pressure.

One thing Ireland can do now is restore some pride and exit the tournament on a high with a win against one of the giants of European football.

To do this though they will have cause a big upset as they are being offered at 10/1 to come out on top.

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