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Group C is a tough group to call, again in the last round of group matches we see the scenario where anything can happen. There are various potential outcomes in this group, even one that sees defending Euro and World Cup champions Spain getting eliminated. Will it happen? Let’s take a closer look…

Spain vs. Croatia

If this game is a high-scoring tie, then both of these teams will proceed to the knockout stages, regardless of what Italy does against Ireland. However, nothing is for certain for these teams, and they will both play to win. Look for Spain’s midfield to do what they do best, slow down and control the game with numerous passes, and look to counter-attack when possible. Croatia has looked good so far in the tournament, but they aren’t in the same class as Spain. They are hoping not to get romped…

Prediction: Spain wins 2-1

Italy vs. Ireland

Italy needs a win, period. Ireland are playing for nothing but pride, and sometimes that’s dangerous for the opponent. They want to play spoiler for Italy, and have nothing to worry about in what should be a somewhat relaxing situation. Italy however cannot relax, they need to score, and they need to score in abundance if they want to ensure themselves a place in the knockout stages of this tournament. Balotelli is out with a knee injury, giving Di Natale a chance to shine. Pirlo will pick apart the Irish defence, and Italy will be watching the scoreboard…

Prediction: Italy wins 2-0