10. Germany will face Italy for the 31st time in this Euro 2012 semi-final. Italy have won 14 previous meetings, double that of Germany, while there have been nine draws. Yet Germany are favourites to progress to the final, at 1.38. Italy are 3.10 to go through.
9. The last time the sides met at a major tournament was in the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup. Hosts Germany held the Italians 0-0, but two extra-time strikes sealed a 2-0 win for Marcello Lippi. Italy are 22.00 to win by the same score within 90 minutes.
8. The most famous clash between the two sides was back in Mexico ’70, when Italy eventually ran out 4-3 winners in another World Cup semi-final against West Germany. Gerd Müller scored two German goals that night, and his present-day namesake, Thomas, is 4.10 to score at any time in Warsaw.
7. Mesut Özil had three shots on goal in his side’s 4-2 quarter-final victory against Greece, finding the target 100% of the time but failing to scoring. The German midfielder is 14.00 to bag the opener on Thursday.
6. Italy dominated their quarter-final tie against England, commanding 63% of the possession. Their midfield ace Andrea Pirlo made 131 passes during the match, 87 more than England’s best distributor Ashley Cole. Pirlo is 9.00 to score at any time.
5. Germany have won all four of their Euro 2012 games and won all 10 games in qualifying for the tournament. They have not once gone behind during this run, and are 2.80 to be leading at half time and win the match.
4. Joachim Löw made three changes to his strike force ahead of his side’s win over Greece, with star striker Miroslav Klose scoring the winner. It was Klose’s 64th international goal, and he is priced at 2.75 to score another on Thursday.
3. Italy’s Mario Balotelli has scored with just one of his 21 shots at goal this summer. He couldn’t find the net against England, and is 1.20 not to score once more.
2. Germany have won seven semi-finals at major tournaments, while Italy have won six. However, the Germans have lost their two most recent semis, and Italy have won their last two, in 2006 and 1994. Italy are priced at 3.35 to win in the Draw No Bet market.
1. There are five German players more likely to score than Italian favourite Balotelli, at 9.75. Italy scored first in all three Group C games, and are 6.00 to net first again and win the game.