Euro 2012 Betting: Top 10 Stats - Spain v Ireland


10. After drawing to Italy, Spain are now unbeaten in 16 competitive games, winning 15 and drawing 1. Vicente Del Bosque’s side are favourites at 1.25 to beat Republic of Ireland on Thursday night.

9. If Republic of Ireland lose, they will have recorded their first back to back defeats ever at a major tournament. Giovanni Trapattoni’s side are available at 14.00 to beat Spain.

8. In addition to the fact that Spain drew their opening game against Italy, Republic of Ireland have never won their 2nd group game at a major tournament, losing 1 and drawing 3. A share of the points at the PGE Arena can be backed at 6.00.

7. A point against Italy ended Spain’s 15 competitive game winning streak, but meant their unbeaten record remained. A repeat of that 1-1 scoreline on Thursday night is available at 11.50.

6. Spain’s last defeat came in the opening game of the 2010 World Cup when they lost 1-0 to Switzerland. The last time they lost to Republic of Ireland, in a World Cup Qualifier in 1989, the score was also 1-0. A repeat of that 1-0 winning scoreline for Trapattoni’s side is available at 26.00.

5. Republic of Ireland’s opening game of Euro 2012 ended in a 3-1 defeat to Croatia. A repeat of that 3-1 losing scoreline for the Irish can be backed at 14.00.

4. Sean St. Ledger bagged Republic of Ireland’s solitary goal against Croatia. The defender is available at 16.00 to score again on Thursday night.

3. Robbie Keane was the Republic of Ireland’s top scorer in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, scoring 7 goals. The former Spurs and Liverpool striker now has 53 goals for his country, and is available at 20.00 to score the first goal against Spain.

2. Since Fernando Torres’ winning goal in the Euro 2008 final, all 9 of Spain’s major tournament goals have been scored by Barcelona players. Andreas Iniesta and Sergio Busquets can be backed at 2.90 and 8.00 to score on Thursday night respectively.

1. Barcelona’s Xavi became the second Spanish player to make 100 passes in a European Championship game against Italy (the 1st being Pep Guardiola). Spain’s playmaker is available at 3.45 to find the net at the PGE Arena.