This for me will most likely be a very one-sided game. I think that Italy will control most of the game. Looking from Ireland’s perspective this is just a game to gain some respect but for Italy this is a game that if they don’t win they are out of the competition.

With the fire power up front like Balotelli and Antonio Di Natale they will probably score many and maybe make it through to the next round if the other team’s results go their way.

Here are the odds:

Italy: 4/11                                          Draw: 19/5                           R. Ireland: 8/1

This game starts at 19h45 English time and will most likely be a high             goal-scoring game and very entertaining.

My prediction, like I’ve already said, is that Italy will run riot and the final score will be 5-1 to Italy.