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Group C continues on Thursday and Willie Duncan expects an easy win for the reigning champions, while goals should be the order of the day when the Azzurri meet Bilic's troops

Italy will look to build on Sunday's impressive 1-1 draw with defending champions Spain when they take on Slaven Bilic's Croatia on Thursday evening.

Cesare Prandelli's men deserved their point from Sunday's Group C opener but the Vatreni's comfortable 3-1 victory over Ireland means that the Italians require a victory here to put themselves in pole position for a quarter-final berth.
 
Italy showed that they have sufficient steel in midfield with Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi in fine form, while Prandelli must decide whether Antonio Di Natale's goalscoring cameo from the bench makes him worthy of a starting berth against Bilic's side.

Croatia, though, have plenty of firepower themselves. Mario Mandzukic helped himself to a double against the Irish while Luka Modric and Nikica Jelavic also impressed at the weekend.
 
With such quality in the final third of the pitch, goals can be expected and PanBet's 27/25 (2.08) quote for both teams to score should be snapped up here.
 
Both teams to score at 27/25 (2.08) with PanBet.
 
Spain were left frustrated by their 1-1 draw with Italy on Sunday and La Furia Roja will be keen to take out those frustrations on Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland.
 
The Boys in Green were bitterly disappointing against Croatia and were left to rue a string of basic defensive blunders.
 
Should Ireland fail to defend with more purpose on Thursday, Spain, with or without a natural striker, have sufficient firepower to inflict a heavy defeat on their opponents.
 
The Irish will look to be tighter at the back but they also know that a win is essential if they are to maintain hopes of a last-eight place beyond Thursday's final whistle so defending alone is not enough.
 
Spain will ruthlessly punish any defensive slip-ups and the quote of 41/50 (1.81) from PanBet for Spain (-1.5) to win on the handicap market should be backed here.
 
Spain (-1.5) to beat Republic of Ireland at 41/50 (1.81) with PanBet.
 
A £10 double on Spain (-1) to beat Republic of Ireland and both teams to score in Italy v Croatia pays £37.86 with PanBet.

Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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