REPUBLIC OF IRELAND must beat Italy to stay alive and on the evidence of the first two games they have no chance.
The Irish were unlucky to be held by Sweden but woeful in a 3-0 defeat against Belgium while Italy have won two without conceding.
One thing in Martin O’Neill’s favour is Italy have already won the group so are likely to rotate. Ireland are 12-5 with most bookies.
Italy are 29-20 at boylesports to win their third game and it’s that big because they don’t need to. I’d check line-ups with this one before betting but under 2.5 goals looks the call at 4-9 with Ladbrokes.
It’s Belgium who are in pole position to finish second as they should beat a Swedish side still waiting on Zlatan Ibrahmovic to join the party.
Belgium are 5-6 at Ladbrokes and McBookie and should get the job done after an impressive second-half show against Ireland.
Romelu Lukaku was the hero with a double last time out but I’m on Eden Hazard to net at 13-5 with betfair.
Bets to Consider
Italy v Ireland under 2.5 goals
Hazard to score