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Spain v Italy & Ireland v Croatia

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Spain V Italy 1700 ITV1

Team News

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has been nursing a hamstring problem, returned to training on Wednesday and should be available.

Full-back Alvaro Arbeloa (back) and winger Jesus Navas (hand) are also expected to be fit for Sunday's game.

Italy defender Andrea Barzagli will miss the opening two matches with a calf strain but will not be replaced.

The Azzurri have experimented with a 3-5-2 formation, and could switch Daniele De Rossi from midfield to centre-back.

Match Facts

Spain have won their last 10 matches in EURO Cup. Spain win1.75

Italy have kept a clean sheet in 8 of their last 9 matches in EURO Cup. Italy win or draw2.00

Spain have scored at least 2 goals in their last 8 matches in EURO Cup. Over 1.5 goals1.50

Spain have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 4 matches in EURO Cup. Spain win/win (HT/FT)2.75

Italy are undefeated in their last 13 matches in EURO Cup. Italy win or draw2.00

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Spain's last 8 games in EURO Cup. Over 2.5 goals2.50

Spain have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches against Italy in all competitions. Spain win or draw1.13

Spain have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Italy in all competitions. Under 2.5 goals

Ireland v Croatia 1945 ITV1

Team news

Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given will play despite nursing a knee injury in recent weeks.

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed his starting line-up will be as expected, with Kevin Doyle partnering captain Robbie Keane in attack.

Croatia's Vedran Corluka has been passed fit despite a fitness scare.

The defender complained of tightness in his hamstring during a training session on Thursday, but doctors cleared him to play after they reviewed a scan.

Match Facts

Croatia are undefeated in 25 of their last 28 matches in EURO Cup. Croatia win or draw1.22

Croatia have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches in EURO Cup. Croatia win or draw1.22

Ireland are undefeated in their last 9 matches in EURO Cup. Ireland win or draw1.67

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Reckon both games will be tight, 1-0 / 1-1 in both games.

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Spain vs Italy

Midfield is going to be so congested it's unreal

De Rossi has a big dilemma IMO as the spare man

Does he leave Torres to Chilleni/Bonucci and join the midfield battle because literally I expect Spain to out number Italy in there 5-3 . It would be interesting to see if Iniesta y Silva hold the width .

Maggio vs Alba is going to be a key battle

If Pirlo can the ball to Giaccherini (very good on the ball,tricky but I have never seen him as a wing back more acustomed seeing him deployed as a winger)often so he can be left one on one against Arbeloa then Italians can get joy out of him.

There is no need for this double pivot shit from Spain as Busquets or Alonso can easily cover for Alba when bombs forward.

Hopefully Santi Cazorla and Giovinco get some playing time

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Croatia vs Eire

If Croatia score first(early) then its game over

Ireland are going to be so compact through the middle so Srna must see the ball a lot for Croatia

Croatia must move Ireland about which means the likes of Manzdukic/Jelavic cannot afford to be static and their passing must be at a quick tempo which is key against parked buses

Looking forward to seeing McGeady play

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Spain XI: Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Piqué, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi Hernández, Iniesta, Silva, Fàbregas

Italy XI: Buffon, Maggio, Chiellini, Bonucci, Motta, Marchisio, Giaccherini, De Rossi, Pirlo, Balotelli, Cassano

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We know Ireland will park the bus 3-1 to Croatia better quality. But Ireland are organised.

Italy vs Spain not sure but can not see Italy winning

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might not be a great game for the casual viewer

but this is going to be a colossal tactical game

the sweeper vs the false number 9

AMPED

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got the line ups right i think from the other day minus cesc :sub: cazorla

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Nah why are Torres and Llorente being mocked like that

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Just seen the Spanish starting 11 this will be good

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Spain are taking the piss, pep must be creaming himself.

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De Rossi's dilemma has become even bigger as for Chilleni/Bonucci what do they do? Nobody to mark I think it's a case of Zonal marking for Italia

Euro 2012 has truly started

The biggest game so far and the tactical battle between VDB/Prandelli is gonna be emosh

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Value thread will be updated after today's games.

Biggest market mover is Kron Deli at £17,500,000 from yesterdays games.

Today, all start on £10,000,000.

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The watch >>>

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Balo>>>

Casj

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Can't help but rate how much Balo loves his country though, especially after all the sh*t that's come his way.

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i dont rate the way man talk smack about don balo regularly

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Ballo >>

Gulliest dripper in Europe, guy is soaking in freshness

Hose this bitch down, he's too fire,

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Did you here them say he should play for Israel as the balotelli's are Jewish hope he has a great game

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Hope Cassano comes good this tournament

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u heard di man....."put ur muurgage or it"!!!

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