Italy and Germany meet in the second leg of the 2012 EURO Cup semi-finals, Thursday June 28th, with a chance at the EURO Cup. Germany and Italy have played each other 30 times, and the Italians lead the series with 14 wins. Germany has seven wins to its name, and the teams have tied nine times. But, the Germans have failed to beat Italy in seven previous attempts at major tournaments. EURO oddsmakers have listed Germany as -130 moneyline favorites to beat Italy (+400) with a DRAW at +250. The over/under is currently set a 2 goals. Be sure to make your 2012 EURO Cup Semi-finals Germany vs Italy Predictions before the match begins.
Germany breezed through the so-called “Group of Death,” defeating Portugal, the Netherlands and Denmark on their way to topping their group. They then beat Greece emphatically to get to the semi-final. Germany have racked up nine goals and conceded four on their way to the semi-final.
Germany central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be available to play against Italy. Schweinsteiger has complained of a lingering ankle injury and had raised doubts about his fitness. But coach Joachim Loew said Tuesday all of his players will be ready to face Italy in Warsaw, including Schweinsteiger. “He is the team’s emotional leader, he thinks a lot and asks a lot of questions, he has matured enormously over the past two years,” Loew said. “He’s very important for our team. We need him on the field.”
The Germans will miss one player for the game, however, as Jerome Boateng collected his second yellow card of the tournament against Greece and will have to sit out this match. Currently on a world-record 15 game winning streak, Germany will be supremely confident going into this game.
Italy tied with Spain and Croatia before defeating Ireland on the way to second place in their group. They were unable to make a breakthrough against England and had to wait until penalties to assure their spot in the semi-final. Italy have scored four goals and conceded two on their way to the semi-final. Each of Italy’s four goals at Euro 2012 have been scored by different players—Antonio Di Natale, Andrea Pirlo, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.
Coach Prandelli’s primary concern is the fitness of his players, who only have a three-day turnaround before going again. There are doubts over midfielder Daniele De Rossi (sciatica) and right-back Ignazio Abate (muscle),”
The Bottom Line: Italy dominated the time of play over England and they’ll have to do the same against the Germans. The Italian goalkeeper will be working overtime. Edge goes to Germany. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best EURO Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get EURO Picks Free!
Germany vs Italy
When: Thursday June28th, 2:45 PM ET
Pick: Germany -130
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