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Spain and Italy play out the Euro 2012 championships final in Kiev on Sunday night, as a fantastic summer of international football comes to an end.

Spain enter the game as red-hot favourites and are unbeaten in the tournament to date. La Roja have only conceded one goal so far, which was against Italy in the Group C opener, but have not looked their usual unplayable selves. Despite this the quality at Vicente Del Bosque’s disposal is unreal, and the trainer must decided who to play and what formation. The world champions have played without a recognised striker on occasions, but may well opt to sacrifice Cesc Fabregas to accommodate Fernando Torres in this one. Bwin have Spain as favourites at odds of 2.20 to win the game in normal time and seal their third straight tournament triumph.

Italy have put poor preparation behind them to be the surprise team of the competition. Cesare Prandelli’s men have steadily improved as the competition has progressed, and have shown excellent performances in eliminating England and Germany in the knockout rounds. A Mario Balotelli double saw the Azzurri win their semi-final against Germany 2-1, with the side having chances to score more than their two goals. Andrea Pirlo has been heavily praised for excellent performances, and alongside Daniele De Rossi must counter the Spaniards tiki-taka football. Bwin have Italy at odds of 3.40 to win the game outright.

This should be an excellent final with both sides fully able to win the competition. My Euro 2012 football betting tip is a 2-0 win to Italy, which Bwin have at odds of 14.50.

 

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