Germany and Italy have a bit of a history of success. The Germans have three Euro titles to their name and three other trips to the final, while Italy have one title and one other final appearance. Germany have three World Cup titles, one behind Italy and four runner up finishes, double what Italy has. It's safe to call these two teams world superpowers, which makes for a tantalizing Euro 2012 semifinal.
Lines: Germany, -1/2 (-115). Italy, +1/2 (-105).
Odds: Germany, -115. Italy, +325. Draw, +235.
Over/Under: Over 2, -140. Under 2, +120.
As much as we would like to bill this match as two world powers that could go either way, we can't. Unless Andrea Pirlo can pull something out of his behind three, four or five times, Italy are going to struggle to create chances and they are going to be completely out of sorts against a Germany team that will really stretch them wide. That's particularly bad because Italy are on two days less rest than Germany. For a team so dependent on an older Pirlo going up against a team that will stretch them every inch wide and really make them run, the lack of rest is a killer for Italy. This one is all Germany and at -115 it's a pretty nice payout.
This one is set for the over, too. A 1-0 is unlikely and while a 2-0 Germany win is the likely outcome, that still gets you your money back. Nobody likes betting at -140 and you might be able to get great odds at over 2.5 to make this even better, but it is still a good bet on the over even at two and -140.
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