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England and Italy go head-to-head in the final Euro 2012 quarter-final on Sunday, with two defensive-minded sides looking to edge what should be a close game.

England have looked solid without overly inspiring in the tournament to date, but a draw against France and wins over Sweden and Ukraine saw Roy Hodgson’s men top Group D. Wayne Rooney returned after suspension to head the only goal of the game against the co-hosts in the Three Lions’ last outing, and will now be keen to continue his scoring form. Ashley Young has been nursing an injury but should be fit to play, and the English side should remain largely unchanged. Bwin can’t separate the sides, and have England at odds of 2.75 to win in normal time.

Italy beat Republic of Ireland 2-0 in their final Group C match to seal a runners-up berth behind Spain, and got their first win of the tournament after draws against Croatia and the world champions. Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli scored the goals for the Azzurri against Ireland, and this pair are favourite to start against England despite Antonio Di Natale’s claim for a place in the team. Andrea Barzagli has returned from injury, whilst rumours in the Italian media are indicating that attacking midfielder Ricardo Montolivo could start the game. Bwin also have Italy at odds of 2.75 to win.

This should be an evenly-poised game between two evenly matched sides. My Euro 2012 football betting tip is a 0-0 draw, which Bwin have at 6.25.

 

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