Cesare Prandelli’s men have led both of the first two matches of the Championship so far only to concede in the second half and end up in a draw. There has been a big concern regarding Mario Balotelli in the past few days. The controversial striker sustained an injury in training on Saturday so Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale will most likely partner Milan’s Antonio Cassano in the must-win Encounter against Ireland. Andrea Barzagli is all set to make a comeback from injury for the Azzurri after sitting out in their first two games, and is confident about the potential his side has to progress to the next round. “We have the potential to score three goals as we have great forwards. They can play well and get a feel for the goal.” Barzagli told Uefa.com. Italy must win and hope for either a win, or a draw which does not end in 2 or more goals apiece in the other fixture between Spain and Croatia.
Andrea Pirlo was arguably the best and worst signing of the season in Europe: the former for Juventus and the latter for their arch rivals Milan. It is the Italian midfield Maestro who won the Serie A for the Bianconneri. His heroic display against Spain and a wonderful goal against Croatia leave him on top spot for the man to watch against the Irish.
Ireland, on the other hand, have already been eliminated from the tournament. The green shirts have only pride to play for after losing both of their first two fixtures in the Euro 2012. Even though Robbie Keane is the most likely goal scorer for Ireland, all eyes will be on Fulham Winger Damien Duff who is set to make his 100th appearance for his National team. “I suppose when you get there and get close to it you want to get there, but I have never really been thinking about it to be honest. Nearing it would be a nice goal and a nice feat but points on the board are more important than caps,” he told the press before the tournament begun.
Italy vs Rep Ireland Head to Head
FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Euro Cup Qualifiers
Rep Ireland: 18
Italy 60% vs 40% Rep Ireland
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