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Spain Football FansIn the second of Thursday's Euro 2012 Group C matches, Spain will be hoping to see off the Republic of Ireland in Gdansk. Ireland go into the game knowing a defeat will see them bow out of the tournament. (Spain 1/4 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat the Republic of Ireland).

Their unfortunate 3-1 defeat to Croatia came as a bitter blow to Ireland's hopes, as that was arguably their best chance at grabbing points in their group as they face Italy after Spain in their final group match, 2 very difficult games for Giovanni Trapattoni's squad. (The Republic of Ireland 14/1 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat Spain).

The 73-year-old Italian is under severe pressure to make changes to his team, but is unlikely to make any dramatic ones, instead choosing the option to pick his most trusted players. It's fair to say Ireland go into tonight's game as massive underdogs. Striker Robbie Keane said: "We know tonight's game is going to be a tough task. They are one of the best teams in world football, but there's no reason why we can't get something out of it." (Spain 5/1 in Euro 2012 Betting to draw with Ireland).

Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque is also under pressure, after coming under heavy criticism for choosing a side without a recognised striker for their match against Italy. Despite having Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Torres and Fernando Llorente available, del Bosque played with 6 midfielders instead, giving David Silva and Cesc Fabregas the opportunity to roam forward.

But despite the criticisms he faced for choosing this formation, Del Bosque may still opt for the same method of tactics. But will it work? Spain will be vowing to win as they go into the last round of group matches so can they afford to be without a striker in prime position? (Cesc Fabregas 6/1 in Euro 2012 Betting to be first goal scorer).


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