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Euro Cup 2012 Free Picks England vs. Italy Preview Lines + Predictions

Italy vs England Euro Cup 2012 Betting Picks + Odds

England was one of the four teams to not lose a match during group play. They of course drew in their first outing against the French, and then went on to win their last matches to take the group.

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That is not to say it was an easy road for the Three Lions, as Sweden took the English to the brink, taking a 2-1 advantage deep into the second half, before Theo Walcott made a couple of darting runs to score one himself, and then set one up for Danny Welbeck to seal that match.

When: Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM EST
Where: NSK Olimpijs’kyj, Kiev, Ukraine
TV: ESPN
Line: England (+175), Italy (+170), Draw (+200)

Then in his first match back with the national team, Wayne Rooney put one into the back of the net to lead England to a first place group finish.

Italy meanwhile, has arrived to the quarterfinals unbeaten in its three group matches. The difference is that the Azzurri only managed to win one match in their group, and that came against a rather unimpressive Irish squad.

If Mario Balotelli had his head on straight, they probably would have beaten the Spanish too. He had more than one clear-cut chance, but was unable to make the heady play in any circumstance. Of course, that is always the concern with the young striker. [ad-3678122]

Not many matches hinge on one player’s performance. However, this could be one of those. As good as Italy’s back line is, England will not get too many opportunities. If Mario is in good form for this one, I honestly feel Italy has what it takes to get through.

Players to Watch:

England – Wayne Rooney 1 Goals in Euro 2012

It was as if he didn’t miss a beat after his suspension. Rooney came right back into the side, and scored the group-winner against the co-hosts. I wouldn’t put it past him to grab another one in this one. If anyone were going to do it against a stout defense, it would be him.

Italy – Mario Balotelli 1 Goals in Euro 2012

Super Mario is a ridiculously talented player. If he could ever get his head in the right place, the sky would be the limit for him. His goal against the Irish proves that.

Matt’s Free Pick– Italy- A tough one to call. Italy have been excellent on offense while England has seen played sold defense, counter attacking on the other end of the pitch. Although the return of Rooney is certain to free up some of the offense, I don’t think in the end it will be enough to beat the Azzurri.

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