Stadion Miejski — Poznań
Match : Italy vs Ireland Republic preview,Live stream,prediction
Referee: C. Çakιr
In one the first of the remaining matches from the Group C will player two teams which are in a completely different situation, so after two defeats Ireland for no longer has any chance of placement in the next round, while Italy in the first two rounds both times played a draw and now they to win to keep their chances live.
Otherwise, these two selections in this century played four times, and it is interesting that in friendly matches the visiting team have won , while in qualifying for the last World Cup they played two draws.
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But the Italians now have a much higher motive, because they , unlike the Irish are still in the game for placement in the quarterfinals, but primarily need to win in this match, and than hope that the second match of the group C will nof finished with 2:2, 3-3 , because in that case within three teams with five points, still will pass Spain and Croatia. ( Croatia vs Spain Preview)
Of course everyone in the Italian camp hope for fair play of Spain and Croatia, against both the Italians in the first two rounds won a point, and with an identical score of 1-1.
While the draw with the current European and world champions is highlighted as a great success, in any case it can not be said for the second round match against Croatia, where Italy in the first half was completely dominant and only one carelessness of Chiellini din the second half has cost the loss of two points.To be fair,we must said that Italians in both games first half was far better team,but somehow in the second half they lost the game from the first half and were not so dangereous.
Pirlo free-kick goal should have been sufficient to continue the game a little quieter, but apparently the Italians got to much relaxed in the second half, while the Croats were very persistent, and 20 minutes before the end Mandzukic scored for a draw.
In the match againstalready written off Ireland, there could be a few changes in the first team, and primarily in the attack, but we nevertheless expect that Prandelli give another chance to Balotelli and Cassano, who should finally on the field prove their Striker´s undeniable quality.
Italy probable lineup : Buffon – Bonucci, De Rossi, Chiellini – Maggio, Motta, Pirlo, Marchisio, Giaccherini – Cassano, Balotelli
We have already said in the introduction that the Irish after two rounds became the first team which were knocked from this year Europan comeptition in Poland/Ukraine, when they were defeated from Croatia 3-1,and in the second round meeting with unbeatable Spain experienced an even greater disaster – 4:0 .
However, for them and this is quite an achievement, because it was only the second appearance at European championship, while on the other hand they had and a much higher quality, as well as more experienced opponents.
It will be against one of them, Italy, they will play their last match of group stage, and as Irish have lost all chance of ranking in the quarterfinals, thus it is expected that the coach Trapattoni now provides an opportunity to several new players, especially younger ones, who actually represent the future of this team.
So instead goalie Given should play Westwood , while in the last line of the existing starters should stay only Ward, considering that in this position of left sideback the Irish actually have no real alternative.
Also,in the the attack should play all new players, like the two youngest, Gibson and McClean, while for the scoring are likely to be in charge the duo from West Bromwich Albion, Cox and Long.
Ireland probable lineup : Westwood – Kelly, McShane, O’Dea, Ward – Hunt, Gibson, Green, McClean – Cox, Long
Prediction : Italy if want to qualifed in the next stage must beat the Irish,and considering they are by far better team this should happen.Italy to win,and you can add with 2 or more goals difference.
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