How many upsets will there be in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals?

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SHOCK SPOTTING

How many upsets will there be in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals?

“I’ll have one”

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The Spoiler’s favourite ever bet wasn’t even a winner, but provided four days of unrelenting excitement: backing the outsiders in all four Euro 2008 quarter-finals.

Germany saw off Portugal in the first, Turkey’s barmy comeback from 1-0 down in the last minute of extra-time against Croatia kept it alive and Russia saw off the tournament’s [...]

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UNEASY AZZURRI

Spain-dodging celebrations feel a tad dangerous for England

Joy at avoiding holders threatens to lead to underestimating Italy

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England won’t have to play Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. Pretty handy, sure, but it’s not like they were confronted with a choice between Spain or Republic of Ireland. Instead, they will face a team who have contested two more European Championship finals than them.

Italy haven’t trailed in this tournament – or [...]

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TRANSFER TALK

Chelsea’s attacking midfielder panic buying isn’t about to stop

Moses the latest linked with a front-row seat at Stamford Bridge

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Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Marko Marin, Daniel Sturridge and Ramires. Even if Chelsea’s desperate bid to ditch Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun succeeds, Roberto Di Matteo is hardly short of players to use in the three behind recently rebranded guaranteed starter Fernando Torres.

But using the mantra that you can never have too much of [...]

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GAME CHANGER

Sub standard will be raised by Andy Carroll against Ukraine

Nine of the goals at Euro 2012 have been scored by substitutes

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Every report that The Spoiler, a committed reader and copier of proper journalists’ opinions, has examined about tonight’s England versus Ukraine game has stated that Danny Welbeck will start ahead of Andy Carroll.

So why is it that the AC is more fancied to breeze through the co-hosts’ leaky defence than the less muscular match-winner [...]

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TRANSFER TALK

AC Milan favour keeping Thiago Silva over provoking star exodus

The Rossoneri’s supposed team of egos expected to show solidarity

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Silvio Berlusconi is to AC Milan what Simon Cowell was to the penultimate series of Britain’s Got Talent that David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre “starred” in and nobody watched.

He sits back and watches everyone else bumble around sullying his enterprise and then, right at the point that irreparable damage is about to be inflicted, [...]

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EURO 2012 JIBBER JABBER

The Spoiler’s Italy v Croatia and Spain v Rep of Ireland selections

Positive vibes about Italy, faintly upbeat wittering on Irish chances

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The swiftly-emerging norm of one successful prediction, one less impressive pick was maintained on Wednesday. Which one of our Thursday choices is less likely to backfire?

Italy v Croatia

As a noted statistic fetishist, you’d expect The Spoiler to be positively orgasmic over the fact that Italy haven’t beaten Croatia in five meetings since 1942.

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TEN BECOMES FOUR

How to shorten the shortlist for the shock vacancy at Tottenham

The bookies’ top ten as ever mixes natty names and expensive duds

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Judging by the best prices available on each candidate, these are the ten men rated most likely to replace Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. Which ones should be approached? Allow The Spoiler to narrow the field…

David Moyes (7/4) Is Moyesy finally about to become unglued from the Goodison Park dugout? He has earned a big [...]

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NEXT BRUM BOSS

Wee Billy Davies a decent fit for the big job at Birmingham

Former Derby boss virtually comes with a play-off place guarantee

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With the managerial merry-go-round hurtling around at such a pace that it’s more of a loop-the-loop rollercoaster, Birmingham – with their sketchy ownership situation and lack of funds – isn’t the ride’s most exhilarating seat.

Even so, their fans are entitled to be a bit disappointed with the calibre of candidates presented by the bookies. [...]

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