Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Big nations to win

Portugal obliged and won thanks to a late goal by Silvestre Varela. They should have put the game to bed before that when Ronaldo, of all people, missed on a one-on-one with the Danish keeper. Ronaldo's been disappointing so far, contrary to Nani who's the source of danger in the Portuguese attack.

Tomorrow sees Spain clash with Ireland, a game in which the holding champions will be keen to get 3 points. Trappatoni, the Irish manager, is sensing an upset, but I don't think so. Xavi and his teammates will create chances and unless they are on a totally misfiring day, they should have enough to bag the 3 points. I advise them as a Win.

The other game sees Italy against Croatia. I think both have done better than what was expected of them in their first game and it will be a matter of which of the 2 will accompany Spain to the next round. So it is a game both cannot afford to lose. I will give a slight advantage to the Italians here because over the years, they've proved to be mentally stronger than the Croats. They can find a way to win even if the other team is superior. I believe the Italians are value as a draw-no-bet and that is the recommendation.

Win: Spain
Draw-no-bet: Italy

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