Betting Special: Stern examination for the Italy backline

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Saturday's quarter-final has all the makings of a classic and our tipster is backing the World champions to net in both halves against the Azzurri, who suffered defeat to Ireland

Two nations with rich footballing histories - Germany and Italy – lock horns once more in what promises to be an absorbing quarter-final clash at Euro 2016. Both teams can lay claim to a hugely impressive defensive record and, therefore, separating the sides in Saturday’s showdown could prove difficult.

The world champions are the only team left at Euro 2016 yet to concede a goal in the competition and, including a pre-tournament friendly against Hungary, Joachim Low’s men have now chalked up five consecutive clean sheets.

Die Mannschaft can be backed at 23/20 (2.15) with NetBet to shut out the Azzurri, while Low’s side are available at 2/1 (3.0) to win to nil – as they have done in three of their four fixtures in the competition thus far.

NetBet are offering all new customers the chance to take an enhanced price on either side when opening an account. Simply use the links provided, back your chosen team at the usual price shown on site and if they win then the returns are topped up to the enhanced value. Italy are being boosted to 10/1 (11.0) while Germany are 8/1 (9.0) shots.

Italy have conceded just once – in their final group game against Republic of Ireland – but that is unlikely to cause much consternation for Antonio Conte, for the Azzurri boss fielded a second string side against the Boys in Green. The Azzurri’s trusted defensive unit of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini has not been breached in any of the last five fixtures in which all three men started, while veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is yet to concede a goal in this tournament.

Italy are available at a chunky 4/1 (5.0) to win to nil – a selection that would have paid dividends in each of the Azzurri’s last five wins, while the odds compilers offer 41/20 (3.05) that Conte’s well-drilled defensive unit keep yet another clean sheet this weekend.

The 2006 World Cup semi-final between these two teams was goalless at the end of 90 minutes and those expecting a repeat may be tempted by NetBet’s 9/2 (5.50) quote for no goalscorer, while the same firm go 27/20 (2.35) that fewer than two goals are scored.

History, however, suggests that this could be an open and entertaining encounter; indeed, five of the last six meetings between the teams has seen goals at both ends and the 5/4 (2.25) quote from NetBet for that trend to continue could well prove to be a solid selection.

Germany have led at the halfway mark in each of their three victories in this tournament and NetBet offer 37/20 (2.85) that Die Mannschaft also hold the half-time advantage in this game, while Low’s side are chalked up as a juicy 16/5 (4.20) chance to score in both halves.

Late goals have punctuated Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign, with four of the six strikes in the Azzurri’s four fixtures thus far coming in the final 10 minutes – NetBet offer 29/20 (2.45) that the trend continues with a goal scored after the 76th minute of this match.

Defensive discipline could prove pivotal, but Die Mannschaft’s phenomenal firepower may well be the difference between the teams in Bordeaux, for Conte's charges have yet to face an attacking force quite as formidable as that possessed by Low's men; indeed, Germany have found the net in all but two of their last 16 matches at European Championships.

Punters, therefore, are advised to back the world champions to score in both halves at 16/5 (4.20) with NetBet. The selection would have paid dividends in four of Germany’s last five wins – including in a 4-1 thumping of the Azzurri in a friendly fixture just three months ago.

Germany to score in both halves at 16/5 (4.20) for a 1pt stake with NetBet

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