Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has warned his players that the Republic of Ireland will be no pushovers when they meet tonight to fight for their Euro 2012 lives. (Spain 4/15 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat the Republic of Ireland).
Ireland suffered a miserable 3-1 defeat to Croatia in their opening match, and another loss would see them bow out of the competition. Ireland are one of the 4 teams Spain have played the most matches against, but it is after a gap of 10 years that the 2 teams will go head-to-head, and should make for an interesting match. (Republic of Ireland 14/1 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat Spain).
Casillas said: "Our game with Ireland will be a tough game, we expect the players to make it tight for us. Our game plan will stay the same but we will need to work hard to create chances."
Spain are attempting to re write history by winning back-to-back European Championships at the same time as holding the World Cup title, but they have also come under criticism.
With only managing to scrape a 1-1 draw with Italy, Vicente del Bosque's tactics to opt with no striker, has been questioned. His team contained 6 midfielders and Spain dominated 60% of possession over Italy, but lacked any cutting edge, and as a consequence received criticisms. (Spain 5/1 in Euro 2012 Betting to draw with Republic of Ireland).
Casillas added: "When it comes to Euro 2012, there are high expectations, other teams know how we play now, and so we need to put extra effort in to win. If we do win, we will be delighted. We have a chance to win 3 international championships in a row, something no-one has achieved."