England v Italy (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)
England go into are a top priced 2.9 with Stan James to win in 90 minutes and book their place in the semi-final.
Italy can be backed at 2.8 with Ladbrokes, with the draw a 3.1 shot with Paddy Power.
As far as the stats are concerned the Three Lions have managed just one win from their last nine games against Italy (D2, L6).Their last clash saw them lose a friendly in Leeds 2-1 in March 2002.
They have met at European Championship finals just once before, with Italy winning a group game in 1980 1-0.
Italy also have the better form when it comes to quarter-final encounters in major championships.
They have only been knocked out two of the nine occasions that they have reached this stage – both times on penalty kicks.
That’s much better than England who have lost 7 out of 10 when playing in the last 8.
However on current form there is little to choose between the two sides in what is likely to be a low-scoring affair.
Both base their play around having a strong defence, and in it would be no surprise to see what promises to be a real tactical battle go into extra time.
However England would certainly not want it to go to penalties as they have won just 1 of their 6 previous shoot-outs at major tournaments, when beating Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 1996 after a 0-0 draw.
What is important is that they get more shots on target in a bid to get that vital opener which could well seal victory.
Roy Hodgson’s men  did not register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes against Ukraine, and that is simply not good enough.
Wayne Rooney, who marked his return to action with a goal in that game,has now scored 29 international goals and needs one more to go joint-fifth on England’s list of top scorers.
He is 6.5 shot with Paddy Power to score first, with Danny Welbeck next best in as far as England are concerned on 10 with the same firm and Betfred.
Andy Carroll is a 12 chance with Stan James and Paddy Power, while Steven Gerrard – who has been outstanding so far – is a top priced 15 with Stan James.
Defenders Jolean Lescott and John Terry, who are always a threat at set-pieces, can be backed at 31 with Stan James  and 34 with Paddy Power respectively.
In the hope that England can get the job done in normal time, I am going to suggest backing them to do so 1-0 in the correct score market at 7 with  Paddy Power andLadbrokes.
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7 COMMENTS

  1. Getcha lolly on Rooney to rip the fuck out of the itiys and for Parker to be a rock steady eddie.

      • Dirty cheating and greasy hair will only get you soo far. England will fight and will win cos the English are superior in every way.

  2. Get your money on the Italians, this England team is very weak compared to the Italians.

    This guy Hodgson should apply for the Rangers job, they love that anti football stuff there.

  3. Woy is doing what he has to, with the squad of players at his disposal to try and get a result. I think England would be happy stealing a counterattack or setpiece goal, or taking their chances in the PK shootout

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