Group C action continues today with what looks to be a great match on paper between Italy and current group leaders Croatia, who can advance to the knockout stage with a victory.After an impressive defensive performance on Sunday that saw the Azzurri exit their opening match against tournament favourites Spain, the Italians come into this match with increased confidence and will look to ignite the night with some goals.
Italy is currently offering solid value at 2.25 for the outright victory, while the Asian Handicap lines sees the team at -0.0/-0.5 at 1.98. Check out the Asian Handicap chart by clicking here.
After a lacklustre first match by volatile striker Mario Balotelli, who was subbed off in the second half, expect the starting nod today to go to Antonio Di Natale, who looked very well in his 35 minutes of action. Also expect Antonio Cassano to get the other start up front. Di Natale is paying 7.00 to score the first goal and 3.00 at any point in the match, while Cassano is offered at 8.00 to notch the first of the match and 3.40 to score anytime.
Italy is a good bet to not concede a goal as its defence performed rather well against a very difficult Spanish side. Daniele De Rossi was the heart and soul of the team last match and will undoubtedly aim to lead the back four to a clean sheet performance. Should Italy stave off the Croatian attack, the pay out will be 1.72 under the Both Teams To Score offering.
The draw result is issued at 3.20, while a victory for Slaven Bilić’s men is offered at a decent 3.30 to pull off what would be a minor upset.
If you fancy the golden boot race to heat up, take a look at Croatia's Wolfsburg forward Mario Mandžukić, who is paying 3.75 should he score his third goal of the tournament at any given point.
The halftime/fulltime results are below, and a decent one to consider would be the draw/Italy pick which is slated at 5.00.
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