Croatia v Spain: Why Man City’s David Silva is bound to score
The Tipster is backing Manchester City's David Silva to score for Spain in a victory over Croatia in Group C on Monday
Croatia, Italy and Spain are all in contention to reach the quarter-finals from Group C, and the Tipster is backing David Silva to score for the holders against Slaven Bilić’s side on Monday.
Our resident betting expect is tipping Spain to win by the narrowest of margins to seal a place in the last eight, while backing Italy’s Antonio Di Natale to score in what should be a low scoring encounter against the Republic of Ireland.
Monday’s Euro 2012 fixtures:
Italy v Republic of Ireland (1945BST) Poznan, Group C
Croatia v Spain (1945BST) Gdansk, Group C
Silva to score at any time for Spain against Croatia – 21/10
Silva was one of the instrumental players in helping City end their 44-year wait for the top flight trophy last season. He scored six league goals for Roberto Mancini’s side, a figure which the 26-year-old matched in Euro 2012 qualifying for Spain. Silva has scored 16 times in 60 appearances for Spain, and the Tipster’s opening bet for this edition is for the midfielder to net at any time against Croatia at 21/10.
Spain to win by a single goal against Croatia – 13/5
Spain will have learned from Russia’s surprising exit in Group A on Saturday, and Vicente Del Bosque’s side will not risk playing for the draw against Croatia, although it would be sufficient to see the holders progress into the last eight. On their way to the World Cup crown in 2010, Spain won five of their seven games by a one-goal margin. The Tipster considers Spain to beat Croatia by a single goal to be great value in this one at 13/5.
Di Natale to score at any time for Italy against Ireland – 6/5
Before turning 30, Di Natale failed to manage 17 goals in a single Serie A season. However, the Udinese captain, now 34, struck 23 goals for his side who finished in third place last term – the third successive season he managed over 20. Di Natale has scored 11 goals in 38 appearances for the national side, including his smart finish against Spain in their opening Group C game, and 6/5 for him to score at any time against Ireland is definitely worth a punt.
Under 2.5 goals in Italy v Ireland – 43/40
Italy’s opening two games of Euro 2012 have both finished as 1-1 draws, with Cesare Prandelli’s side living up to its defensive reputation. Meanwhile, Giovanni Trapattoni’s side struggled to cope against Croatia and Spain but will have regrouped for the final Group C game. The Tipster considers under 2.5 goals between Italy and Ireland to be an excellent bet at 43/40.
The long shot: The Republic of Ireland to beat Italy – 10/1
Trapattoni’s side have endured a miserable Euro 2012 campaign as the Irish failed to cope with the pressure of competing in their first major tournament since 2002. However, their 4-0 defeat by Spain last Thursday means Ireland has nothing to play for against Italy – except pride. Ireland won the last meeting between these two sides 2-0 and are unbeaten in three against the Azzurri. With the pressure off, the Tipster’s long shot for this edition is Ireland to beat Itay at 10/1.
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