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  • on 14.06.2012
  • at 02:59 PM
  • by KT

Spain Evs to Score in both halves | Spain v Ireland preview

The Republic of Ireland take on Spain in tonight’s Euro 2012 Group C clash, knowing that a defeat will all but end their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

Vicente Del Bosque came under fire in the Spanish media, following his decision not to play an out-and-out striker in his sides’ draw with Italy in the group opener. Instead he chose to play Cesc Fabregas as the most attacking player in the side and the former Arsenal midfielder is 6/1 to bag the first goal against Ireland tonight, whilst a Spain win is just 2/7 (Paddy Power).

Fernando Torres came on late in the game against the Azzurri and wasted  a couple of great chances to seal the game. Despite that he is fancied to start tonight and if he does the 11/8 to score anytime might represent some value.

The Irish on the other hand were poor in their opener against Croatia and will need to improve drastically if they are to register a point against the reigning World and European Champions. They are as big as 14/1 to win the game, whilst a draw looks a more realistic target at 5/1.

To do that however they’ll have to keep the ball when they have it, and that is a difficult task against a hard-working Spanish side.

With that in mind we like the look of both the ‘Win to Nil and ‘To Score in Both Halves’, odds of 10/11 and Evs respectively.

Spain v Republic of Ireland Tips

Fernando Torres to Score Anytime (if starts) – 11/8 (Victor Chandler)
Spain to Score in Both Halves – Evs (SkyBet)
Spain to Win to Nil – 10/11 (SkyBet)
David Silva – Man of The Match – 6/1 (Bet365)

 

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