While most attention in Group C is on Spain and Italy, the duo of Croatia and Ireland will very much likely provide an entertaining and aggressive match with great odds availableWhile many people think Croatia is a strong possibility of finishing second in the group behind Spain, the team's recent results over the last year have been inconsistent, and one slightly wonders if it can duplicate the performance in Euro 2008 when it finished atop of Group B, ahead of Germany.
The Croats put on a brilliant display in their first leg playoff match against Turkey back in November, but since then they have only won once in four matches, which was against lowly Estonia. Their 3-1 loss to Sweden left much to be desired, as did their 1-1 draw with Norway.
Team leader Luka Modric will absolutely need to inspire his teammates as he did at Euro 2008 if Croatia expects to advance to the knockout stage. Losing Ivo Ilicevic, Dejan Lovren, and Ivica Olic to injury for the tournament won’t help their chances, but history tells us that the Croatians are one of the most tenacious and hard working teams in world soccer. Should they deliver the goods, they are paying 2.25 to take the three points away from this one.
The always underrated Irish will come into every game in this tournament as underdogs, having not been to the European Championships in 24 years. They are currently slated at 3.50 to pull off a moderate upset.
What you may not know is that Ireland is unbeaten in their 14 matches and have not conceded more than a goal during that stretch, along with keeping an impressive 11 clean sheets. In one of those games, the Irish played Croatia to a 0-0, which if replicated here would payout 7.00. Giovanni Trappatoni has his troops very disciplined, and expect them to keep that up in this game.
The draw result appears to be a very possible reality here, and is being offered at 3.10.
The Under 2.0 looks suitable at 1.82 while the over is at 2.06 and the Asian Handicap lines see Ireland at +0.0/+0.5 with a 2.02 payout while Croatia at -0.0/-0.5 are offered at 1.86.
If the expected defensive match does not occur both teams to score in the match will pay 2.10.
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