Bookies back Spain to make it three in a row

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Spain are on course to win three international tournaments in a row as they take on Italy in the final of Euro 2012 in Kiev, where the world and Eur champions are 8/15 with Betfred to complete an unprecedented treble.

Previously, Germany are the team that has come closest to a trio of tournament triumphs but they were beaten on penalties in the final of the 1976 European Championship and, after Thursday’s upset in Warsaw, they won’t get the chance to prevent the Spanish from achieving what they failed to 36 years ago.

Instead the Azzurri will be tasked with halting the holders and they’re 8/5 via Boylesports to win.

Skybet price Vicente del Bosque’s men at 11/10 to retain their crown with a victory in normal time at the Olympic Stadium where Cesare Prandelli’s charges are significantly bigger at 10/3 via Stan James and it’s 9/4 (bet365) to be all square after 90 minutes.

After Spain’s muted performance in the semi-against Portugal and the pair’s draw in Group C, that stalemate quote could prove popular, alongside William Hill’s 11/2 for it to again finish one-each and bet365 post 9/2 against the final going to penalties for only the second time in the competition’s history.

The Spanish are 10/1 courtesy of bet365 to repeat Wednesday’s shootout triumph while the Italians, who were pretty handy from twelve yards against England, are also 10/1 (Skybet) to prevail from the spot.

Those quotes may tempt some but del Bosque’s troops are the one team that has the midfield to close down Andrea Pirlo and their patient passing play could see them clinch the title. Ladbrokes rate them at 11/4 to nick it in normal time by a one-goal margin.

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