Live on BBC1: Thu 19.45: Despite only reaching the last four via the drama of a penalty shootout, Italy were deserving winners against England in the pair’s quarter final contest but despite the brilliance of playmaker Andrea Pirlo, the Azzurri’s Euro 2012 dream looks set to end in Warsaw, where Germany have to be fancied to book their place in the final.
Die Mannschaft are odds-on at 19/20 with Paddy Power to overcome the Italians and that’s understandable given the way they ruthlessly put Greece to the sword in the last eight while Blue Square quote Italy at 4/1 and it’s 5/2 courtesy of Stan James to be all square after 90 minutes.
Cesare Prandelli’s men, even with all of their possession, couldn’t score past England, which could push punters towards Skybet’s 2/1 for the Germans to prevail ‘to nil’ but Joachim Low’s team managed to concede twice against a Greek side that barely managed an attack so it looks risky to assume they will keep a clean sheet in the Polish capital. They can however, win by at least two clear goals, an outcome Ladbrokes offer at 11/4 and Stan James mark 20/1 against a 3-1 Germany triumph.
Mario Gomez meanwhile, was left out of the starting line-up in the last eight but should be recalled for this one and Coral make the Bayern Munich front man 11/2 to break the deadlock.
Germany to beat Italy 3-1 – 20/1 (Stan James)