The very fact that three teams will qualify from four of the six groups almost certainly ensures that both these teams will still have plenty to play for going into this match, which should result in generous Euro 2016 bookies betting offers. Being the final group to complete its matches, the teams will also benefit from knowing exactly what’s required should they be seeking one of the four best third-placed finishing spots.
The Republic of Ireland will always have fond memories of Italy, having beaten them 1-0 in World Cup 1994 group game in New Jersey courtesy of an early Ray Houghton goal. Italy went on to reach the final that year, only losing to Brazil on penalties.
The Irish will have less fond memories of their last competitive meeting, which resulted in a 2-0 defeat in Poznan at Euro 2012 and ended a disappointing tournament in which they lost all three of their matches.
In total Italy and Ireland have met on 13 occasions, with Italy prevailing in eight, three being drawn and Ireland coming out on top a couple of times.
Much will obviously depend on the state of play in terms of the group standings going into this match with regards to the Italy v Republic of Ireland betting odds, but it would seem likely that Italy will start as fairly warm favourites.
The decision as to where to place any Italy v Republic of Ireland free bets will need to wait until it’s clear who needs what to progress to the last 16, but from this far out one would suggest that this has the look of a potentially low-scoring encounter.