With Euro 2012 creeping closer and closer, it seems fair to say that there are several genuine contenders for glory. Spain are of course the favourites and there is always much talk about Holland and Germany – but what about 2006 World Champions Italy?
The Italians have been disappointing in the two major tournaments since becoming World Champions and they will be looking to put this right in Poland and Ukraine this summer, as Italy Euro 2012 odds continue to drift with the bookies after some disappointing warm up games.
One thing that has happened under manager Cesare Prandelli is that they have attempted to change their style of play.
Famous for their defensive style and happiness to win a relatively ugly game by a single goal, they now adopt a more positive approach with some flair players in midfielder.
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- Spain 5/2 with William Hill
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- Netherlands 6/1 with Bet365
- France 10/1 with Bet365
- Italy 14/1 with Paddy Power
- England 16/1 with Ladbrokes
Whether this gives them a better or a worse chance of success in Euro 2012 remains to be seen. Perhaps they should simply stick to their guns and not try to change things too quickly?
For Prandelli’s men to come crashing down and fail to progress from their group – containing Croatia, Republic of Ireland and Spain – you can get odds of 6/4. There is normally one big team to crash out early – could it be Italy this year?
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Many will suggest not of course. This Italy team are unpredictable, but in qualifying they were unbeaten and only conceded two goals in ten games, scoring a healthy 20 times too. When it comes to competitive matches – they cannot be written off.
Perhaps the fairest assessment would be to suggest that this Italian team can impress some people, proving others wrong in the process. Both with their style of play and their results.
Perhaps they will not have what it takes to go all of the way though and with this in mind, you can back them to make it to the semi-finals and no further at 5/1.
Then again, who would want to face Italy in the last four after they have gained momentum in the earlier stages? You can back Italy to become European Champions at 14/1.