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As two extremely well organised sides go head to head, we should be in for a close game. Al Hain-Cole expects Roy Hodgson's more reliable strikeforce to give him the upper hand

England's quarter-final with Italy sees a clash between two sides who have shown more defensive resolve than attacking flair so far in Euro 2012, which could make for a tight game.

However, Cesare Prandelli must have been encouraged to see both Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli on the scoresheet in the previous game against the Republic of Ireland, as his team's chances of progress will be much improved with those two on form.

The English players know all about Balotelli, and will be praying that the mercurial Manchester City striker has another infamous off-day tonight, because if he does decide to turn it on then odds of 7/4 (2.45) with Pan Bet on him scoring anytime could be too good to miss.

If Balotelli does disappoint, then strike partner Antonio Cassano offers a slightly more reliable goal threat.

The AC Milan forward was Italy's top scorer in qualification, and is available at 47/25 (2.88) to hit the back of the net this evening.

There are no such question marks hanging over England's strikers, as Wayne Rooney is the undisputed talisman up front for Roy Hodgson's side since his return from suspension.

With the hopes of a nation resting on his shoulders, you can count on Rooney to thrive under the pressure and get among the goals tonight at 69/50 (2.38).

England actually performed admirably in the opening two games without their star striker, scoring four goals through four different players.

Only two of those goalscorers are likely to start tonight, with Theo Walcott and and Andy Carroll set to be restricted to substitute appearances.

Although Joleon Lescott is bound to pose a threat from set pieces, Danny Welbeck is surely the most likely to continue his form in front of goal in this game, with Rooney occupying opposition defenders.

The Manchester United youngster's exquisite finish against Sweden was proof that he knows where the goal is, and he is worth backing at 2/1 (3.00) to put away any chances that might fall at his feet against Italy.

 
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Wayne Rooney to score anytime at 69/50 (2.38) with Pan Bet
Antonio Cassano to score anytime at 47/25 (2.88) with Pan Bet

Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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