Euro2012 – Ireland vs Croatia – Who’s head is hardest?
By David, bettingexpert.com | Published
When it comes to being determined few teams will probably be up for it as Ireland and Croatia. Talent has been scarce for both these days although the Irish could never really boast a side as that of the Croats from a few years back. However, it is Ireland which looks like having made the most improvement in the run to these finals.
Ireland – Croatia Odds: Euro 2012
On the right are odds for the match between Ireland and Croatia, which will remain visible right until kick off.
Ireland – Croatia Preview: Euro 2012
Neither is considered a serious contender to break the Spanish – Italian dualism in this group. Both approach with significantly less talented squads than those of the two giants but it would be a mistake to write off any of them.
Croatia and Ireland present different kinds of dangers. The former are more of attacking side which does not fear trying out its luck. They do not like to wait and this can generate quite a fluctuating trend of results. They might be able to surprise a team like Spain yet ironically find more difficulties against more tactically-aware teams like both Italy and Ireland. Patience does not belong much here. Their last three friendly matches have registered a loss, a victory and a draw. In all of them they did concede at least a goal. It must be said, however, that in the two-legged playoff showdown with Turkey they did not concede any, winning away from home by scoring three goals.
Ireland’s strength derives from great tactical awareness. Yes this does make them one of the least exciting teams to watch but the overly tactical approach brought on by Italian manager Trapattoni can be the key to help them muster all the talent they have available right now. There are no stars but considering the past propositions they do have a well balanced side with more than enough experience. A lot of the players have been hardened in the Premier League alongside players from all over the World and under the guidance of good managers.
Besides, the counter attacking game does suit Ireland well with very fast wingers and a cynical striker like Robbie Keane. The backline does portray a number of tough tackling players too with Given a goalkeeper who can save the day anytime.
Ireland – Croatia injury news: Euro 2012
Corluka was on the verge of being ruled out for this match. That would be bad news for Bilic who does not really have a good back-up for his starting back four. Modric’s fitness will have to be evaluated as well but rumours may have stemmed only from his tiring end of season with Spurs.
On the Irish front both Given and O’Shea seem to have proven a good enough level of fitness in their last friendly match against Hungary, with the keeper in a particularly brilliant mood.
Ireland – Croatia Betting: Euro 2012
Trapattoni’s tactical wisdom should present a boring Ireland yet one which has enough patience to wait for Croatia to uncover their lines and allow for the defining moment that can steer this match Ireland’s way.
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