Bookmakers favour Spain to beat Italy and retain their crown in the Euro 2012 final scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 1.
Most bookies quote odds of 6/5 on a Spain victory; these include bet365, sky BET, totesport, Boylesports, BETFRED, sportingbet, BLUESQ, Paddy Power, StanJames, 888Sport, bwin, bodog, William Hill. While these bookmakers are unanimous in their estimation of Spain’s prowess, they are not quite so, in the odds they quote on a win, by Cesare Prandelli’s wards.
While William Hill offers the most optimistic odds of 2.5/1 on an Azzurri win, BETDAQ rates the Italians much lower with a quote of 301/100.
In fact, the odds indicate that a drawn encounter leading to a penalty shootout is more likely than an outright win to Italy in regulation time, with 21/10 offered by bet365. Some offer even more favourable odds for a stalemate in regulation time, with sportingbet offering 15/8 on such an eventuality.
Italy’s Mario Balotelli leads in the quotes on the probable first goal scorer of the game, attracting odds ranging from 6.5 – 7.5/1; Spain’s Fabregas, Torres are second and third in the pecking order.
The most likely score, according to most bookies, is 1-0 in Spain’s favour, with odds of 9/2 quoted by the likes of bet365, Boylesports and William Hill. A goalless stalemate, attracting odds of 5/1 is the next most favoured outcome. An Italy win by a score-line of 1-0 attracts less favourable odds of 13/2.
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