The second semi-final of the Confederations Cup sees Spain and Italy lock horns in Brazil in what is of course a repeat of the Euro 2012 final.
Spain will be looking to put in a similar performance to the one in this fixture last summer as they won 4-0 and completely outclassed the Italians, but Cesare Prandelli’s men seem to be a strong side a year on and won’t be easy to beat.
The Spaniards once again look to be in a class of their own though and they come into Thursday’s semi-final on the back of three straight wins in the Confederations Cup.
Not only have they been winning, but the World and European Champions have been rotating their squad and playing some quite stunning football. In truth, the quality at Vicente Del Bosque’s disposal is frightening.
It is unsure just what eleven men her will go with in this one, but the bookmakers feel as though this is Spain’s game for the taking as William Hill have odds of 2/5 on a win for the best international side in the world.
Fernando Torres has five goals in the tournament so far and that could give him the nod on Thursday evening.
As for Italy, they lost their first game of the Confederations Cup to Brazil last time out and although that didn’t matter too much as they had already qualified for the semi-finals, Prandelli would have loved a win as it would have kept momentum going and meant his team avoided Spain in the final four.
To win these tournaments though, you have to beat the best teams the world has to offer and the Italians should feel confident they can take something from this one.
Mario Balotelli has been ruled out with an injury and that is a massive blow for the Euro 2012 runners-up, but they do have cover in the shape of Stefan El Shaarawy and Alberto Gilardino.
At the moment, you can bet on Italy to win at 8/1 with BetVictor and for a team with plenty of quality, that could be decent value.
Betting on the first goal-scorer is always popular in these big matches and it isn’t much of a surprise to see that Torres is leading the way in this market at 9/2 with SkyBet.
Then, El Shaarawy is being offered at 12/1 with Bet365 and if he starts, there might be a number of bets on the AC Milan man breaking the deadlock.
We think the correct score market is the best one to go into though and with the football Spain are playing, we can’t look past them taking this one. A 3-1 win for the favourites is at 11/1 with Coral.
All the action gets underway from 8pm on Thursday.
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