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Euro 2012 quarter-final fixture for Sunday, June 24th

England coach Roy Hodgson (C) and his players during a walk around at the Olympic Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine (credit: Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

England take on Italy tonight in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

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The winners of tonight's clash at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev will face Germany next Thursday for a place in the Euro 2012 final.

There is very little between the two sides in terms of the betting, with bookmakers predicting a tight content, but the stats point to Italy having the advantage.

England and Italy have met on no fewer than 22 previous occasions, with the Azzurri winning nine compared to England's seven (six draws).

Italy have the edge in recent history as they have lost just once against the Three Lions in the last 35 years. That defeat was back in 1997 at Le Tournoi in Nantes, when Ian Wright and Paul Scholes got the goals for England.

At major tournaments, the two sides have met twice, and Italy have won on both occasions. In addition to a 1-0 win in a group game at Euro 1980, Italy beat England 2-1 in the third-place play-off at the 1990 World Cup.

Their most recent meeting was at Elland Road in March 2002, with England taking the lead through Robbie Fowler before before Vincenzo Montella scored twice to give Italy the win.

England's quarter-final record is disappointing as well, as they have lost seven of 10 matches at either European Championship finals or the World Cup. Their only overseas win at this stage of a major tournament was a 3-2 win over Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup.

In contrast, the Italians have lost only two of nine quarter-finals, and both of those defeats were on penalties (to France at the 1998 World Cup and Spain at Euro 2008).

The stats may well point to an Italy win, but can Roy Hodgson's side record a historic win in Kiev?

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