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EURO 2016 - Italy vs Republic of Ireland - MATCH PREVIEW

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Italy and Republic of Ireland clash at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in what could be an interesting battle between the top and bottom sides. This Group E fixture of Euro 2016 will be played on Wednesday, June 22.

Italy came to Euros with very low expectations with even their own supporters ticking them off. But they started the tournament emphatically with a 2-0 win over Belgium, who were one of the strong favorites for the title. They not just kept the attacking players of Belgium under control, their attacking unit was also brilliant. But, their performance against Sweden was the complete reverse with their fluidity missing from their game. It was only a last gasp goal that wrapped the game for them and with it a place in the knockouts.


Manager Antonio Conte will be under no pressure to play his full side and may rest some regulars ahead of the knockouts. Lack of pressure could see a more vibrant performance from the Italians.

Republic of Ireland started with a tight display against Sweden by picking up a point. The defensive display of the Irish was enough for them to thwart the creative genius of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But they couldn’t follow it up against Belgium with the Red Devils running rampant and ending 3-0 victors. The loss may prove heavy for the Irish as their goal difference took a heavy beating.

Republic of Ireland find themselves bottom of the group with just one point. Their negative goal difference could hamper them in the final analysis. Even if they win against Italy, it has to be a huge margin which may prove difficult to achieve. But their hope stems from the fact that Italy has already booked their knockouts place and could play with reduced intensity.

Italy vs Republic of Ireland Betting advice

Italy are on a four match winning run and have lost just two of their recent ten matches. With four consecutive clean sheets and with only three of their last ten matches seeing them concede more than a single goal, Italy will be a hard nut to crack. Republic of Ireland have not won a game in their last five matches but have gained reputation as a strong defensive unit. They failed to score just once in their last five matches but failed to keep a single clean sheet

It could be a tight encounter which could be decided by a single goal.

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