Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Spain vs Republic of Ireland Preview

The second game of the day will be between champions Spain and group underdogs the Republic of Ireland in Gdansk.

The Irish will be licking their wounds after being soundly beaten by Croatia last Sunday evening, Spain will also be looking for their first win of the tournament after sharing the spoils with Italy in their opening game. Spain are massive favorites for this clash, but didn't look anywhere near their best last week and will have the World Cup game against Switzerland, at the back of their minds.

The Republic of Ireland are used to being the underdogs so that won't faze them, however they must improve massively from their opening game when they barley turned. You can never bring into question the heart and passion from an Irish side, but they must retain possession better and pose more attacking threats. Spain will have to decide whether to go with an out and out striker with Fernando Torres being in such poor form, this seems be an area of weakness for them at the moment.

You never know in football as it's a game full of surprises, however I just can't see an upset here and I feel that Spain will run out comfortable winners. There will have plenty of effort and endevour from the Irish, however I don't think this will be enough on the night, I expect Spain to qualify and the Irish to catch the early flight home.

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