Euro 2012 Final Preview and Odds
The Euro 2012 final pits the last two World Cup winners. The Spanish are going for their third successive trophy after winning the Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010 while Italy won the World Cup in 2006.
The defending champions were the early favorites before the start of this tournament and they're the favorites to win this Sunday at +105.
Standing in their way is an Italian team that still has Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo, two of the key men from the team that won the 2006 World Cup. The Italians are at +275 against Spain.
These two teams know each other well having met already; drawing 1-1 in their opening encounter in Group C. A repeat of that result in normal time on Sunday is at +220.
Antonio Di Natale scored for Italy in that game but he will come off the bench as Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli will be the starting forwards. "Super Mario" and the rest of the team will have a tough task at hand as the Spanish haven't conceded a goal in the knockout stages of their last three tournaments. That's a total of nine games, three of which went to extra time.
Penalties have helped both teams, Italy eliminated England in the quarterfinals with a series of exquisite penalty kicks and Spain eliminated Portugal in the semifinals after excellent executions.
History suggests that this game will be decided before that stage… in the fourteen previous Euro tournaments the final has only once been settled on penalties once when Czechoslovakia and West Germany met in 1976. The Czechs won that time.
Sit back and enjoy because these two teams have enough talent to deliver another classic.
Over 2 (+105) / Under 2 (-135)
Odds provided by America's Bookie
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