Fans Backing Northern Ireland to Stun Italians
Bodog have reported some strong interest in Northern Ireland as they face up to 2006 World Champions Italy in Euro 2012 qualifying tonight.
The bookmaker has pushed Italy out from 4/6 to 8/11 to take victory whilst Northern Ireland can still be backed at 9/2 best price generally.
After a difficult World Cup, where the Italians failed to qualify from the group phase, Cesare Prandelli’s side has to come from behind in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier against Estonia and many punters believe that the Italians could become the latest high profile victims to fall to a shock defeat at Windsor Park.
"The Italians were useless at the World Cup and Windsor Park is a spiky venue for visiting sides, the odds-on Azzurri are certainly no banker bet, that’s for sure," claimed Bodog’s Nick Gray.
William Hill is also offering 10/1 that all of the home nations playing tonight, including Northern Ireland, Scotland, who play in the Czech Republic, the Republic of Ireland, who face Russia in Dublin, and Wales, who are at home to Bulgaria, all avoid defeat in their respective games.
Scotland have by far the toughest task against the strong Czech’s, and William Hill spokesperson Joe Crilly said that it is the Scot’s who are the most likely to let down any patriotic accumulators.
“Scotland have got a very difficult task ahead of them in the next two games and we certainly do not think that they will cause an upset, in what are the two most important games of Craig Levein’s short Scotland career,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.
Wales on the other hand could be buoyed by caretaker manager Bryan Flynn, who has made no secret that he wants the Wales job full time.
“Brian Flynn has been entrusted to guide Wales through two very tricky fixtures,” added Crilly. “Should his side show promise, he could well get the manager’s role permanently.”