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The final Euro 2012 quarter final takes place in Kiev on Sunday evening, as Group D winners England meet Italy, who finished as runners-up in Group C.

Only Germany managed more points in the first stage of the competition than England, who followed their 1-1 draw in their opener with France, with wins against Ukraine and co-hosts Ukraine. Roy Hodgson’s men, who have a full-fit squad of 23, are now 10.0 (9/1) to win the tournament for the first time.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who scored on his return in England’s victory last time out, is the favourite to open the scoring on Sunday, with Bet Victor offering the best price of 7.0 (6/1). However, there isn’t much between themselves and Italy in the quarter final match odds, with most bookmakers offering the same price of round 29.0 (19/10) for either side to progress. The draw is 3.10 (21/10).

Italy finished second to holders Spain in Group C, having drawn their first two games before beating the Republic of Ireland on Monday evening. You can now get odds of 11.0 (10/1) with Bet Victor for the Azzurri to lift the trophy in Kiev on July 1st.

This will be the first meeting between these two sides since Italy’s 2-1 victory at Elland Road back in 2002, whilst their last competitive meeting was the famous goalless draw in Rome back in 1997, which saw England qualify for the following years World Cup in France.

With nothing between the sides in the match odds, backing the draw looks favourable. A repeat of the 0-0 score line from fifteen years ago is 7.0 (6/1), whilst 1-1 is the most probable result according to the bookmakers. Either named side are best priced with Bet 365 at 13.0 (12/1) to win in extra time, whilst most firms offer 11.0 (10/1) for either to win on penalties.

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