Fabregas is Spain’s clairvoyant at Euro 2012

Cesc Fabregas isn’t just scoring goals for Spain, he’s also the

European champions’ most savvy clairvoyant when it comes to

predicting results at Euro 2012.

Fabregas, who has scored two goals in two matches like teammate

Fernando Torres, leads David Silva in Spain’s pre-tournament

predictions for the first 16 games at Euro 2012.

Trying to guess results is a tradition in the Spain squad and is

usually organized by Carles Puyol. The defender is absent from Euro

2012 due to injury and his duties have passed to Barcelona teammate

Sergio Busquets in Poland and Ukraine.

Spain striker Alvaro Negredo is in third place and predicted a

2-0 victory for Spain in its final Group C match against Croatia on

Monday. The Sevilla forward was sticking by that pick on

Saturday.

”It’s something we do for a little bit of fun inside the

team,” Spain defender Raul Albiol said on Saturday at the team’s

training base in northern Poland. The Real Madrid defender believed

Spain would win 1-0 on Monday.

Both of the players’ results would leave Spain top of Group C

and would allow Italy to advance to the quarterfinals if it beats

already-eliminated Ireland on Monday.

Albiol and Negredo did not reveal who they picked to win the

tournament, nor their pick for that other Group C match. In Italy,

there is fear of a repeat of Euro 2004 when the Italians exited at

the group stage following a 2-2 draw between Sweden and

Denmark.

A 2-2 result at the Arena Gdansk on Monday would put Spain and

Croatia into the knockout stages and leave Italy out, again.

”That’s a result that could happen in a game of football. But,

clearly for us, we will go out looking for victory like always,”

Albiol said. ”There’s no pact. We don’t want to have to depend on

anyone else.

”We want to finish top of the group.”

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