Euro 2012, Group C, Thursday, Gdansk, 7.45pm
SPAIN were puzzling in their tournament bow – Ireland were simply bowfin'.
While the Spanish did a Craig Levein (4-6-0) and went without a striker, Giovanni Trapattoni decided to play with no defenders.
Well, it looked that way as the Irish conceded three goals from set-pieces in their 3-1 defeat to Croatia.
So it's last chance for a green party and odds of them staying in the tournament look slim – even if Spain stick with their strange system.
More chances were created by Vicente del Bosque's side when he sent on Fernando Torres but unfortunately the Chelsea man missed them.
It looks like del Bosque will play the same way even though he has the likes Torres, Fernando Llorente, Juan Mata and Alvaro Negredo.
Most sides would love to have any one of them in their side and the suggestion is if he plays one of them it will be Negredo. But you're going to have to check starting line-ups before having a bet (Go Torres Go!!!!).
One of the biggest threats against Italy was Andres Iniesta who is 8-1 (various) to break the deadlock and 11-4 at William Hill to net at anytime.
If you are looking to back world champions Spain to win they are pretty short at 2-7 (various) so look at them to win to nil – I can't see the Irish scoring – or giving up a goal of a start (5-6, Skybet).
Trapattoni's boys conceded a goal in three minutes against Croatia and the deadlock to be broken in the first 27 minutes looks a good bet at 11-10 at Stan James.
In Spain's opener I had a speculative bet on Mario Balotelli for first booking at 7-1. A couple of Irish stars stand out for a yellow, two of those being Richard Dunne and Keith Andrews.
Dunne is 8-1 at Paddy Power and Skybet for first card with Andrews 10-1 with the same firms. Split your stakes and have a gamble on both.
Unibet offer industry-best odds of 18-1 on Robbie Keane to score first and 7-1 at any time and that sums up the Irish chances for me.
Opening goal 1-27 minutes
(11-10, Stan James)
Iniesta to score
(11-4, William Hill)
Spain to win both halves
(17-10, Paddy Power)
Dunne first card
(8-1, Paddy Power, Skybet)