Euro 2012 Group C: Italy v Ireland preview

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BalotelliThe final Euro 2012 Group C games take place on Monday night and Ireland face Italy playing for nothing but pride as they are already out of the tournament. The Azzurri on the other hand know that nothing but a win - and a helping hand from Spain - will see them through.

Italy (3/10 To Beat Ireland) come into the game off the back of a strong performance against Croatia the belies the 1-1 scoreline at the end of the game. They are undefeated in 12 games under their coach Cesare Prandelli, and head-to-head have won the seven of the last meetings with the Irish. Several players are one card away from a ban, which could have a big impact if they qualify, but expect a near-unchanged side with Mario Balotelli (5/1 To Score First) leading the line for the Italians if he passes a late fitness test on a knee problem.

Ireland are already out of the tournament but will doubtless be looking to return to the Emerald Isle with their heads held high. Defensive frailties have been prevelant in both matches, with Ireland conceding in the first 5 minutes of both games so far. Giovanni Trapattoni's side do however possess an element of quality, and should Robbie Keane or Kevin Doyle (16/1 To Score First) find the form they are capable of they could cause Italy something of a headache on Monday evening.

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