Two European giants go head to head on Saturday evening as Spain and France meet in the third quarter-final of Euro 2012, as Bet365 announce the latest Spain v France odds and that they have had plenty of support on the narrow 1-0 win for Spain, with punters taking up their 0-0 ‘bore draw’ refund offer.
Both teams were expected to progress from their respective groups and they did so relatively comfortably. Neither of them have been perfect though, so improvements are needed if they are to progress to the semi-finals.
- BEST BET : Back the 1-0 Spain win 9/2 with Bet365 – both sides will be nervous and Benzema and Torres are struggling, so this certainly won’t be a goal fest – losing bets are refunded if the game ends goalless.
Pre-tournament favourites Spain secured their place in the knockout stages with a 1-0 victory over Croatia and although they haven’t been at their best so far, they are still major contenders.
Perhaps the fact that Spain are no longer the favourites – that honour belongs to Germany – will help them relax and play their best football.
They are still the favourites in Saturday’s match against France though and the expectant Spanish fans will be hoping this is where the reigning Champions turn on the style.
For a Spain win, you can get odds of 4/5.
As for France, they have had a mixed time of it in Poland and Ukraine so far. After a draw with England and a victory over co-hosts Ukraine, they were expected to defeat Sweden in the final game to win Group D.
This didn’t happen though as they lost 2-0 to a Sweden side that had nothing to play for. It was only Laurent Blanc’s second defeat as manager too – and the first since 2010 – so it will be interesting to see how his team reacts.
One thing France need to do is be more clinical in front of goal. You often don’t get too much possession when playing Spain and when the French have the ball, they need to make the most of it.
For France to upset the odds slightly and knock out the reigning Champions, you can get odds of 4/1. There is no doubt that they will provide Spain with a stern test, but they are the outsiders.
Overall, this has the makings of a top quality Euro 2012 encounter with plenty of time for twists and turns as these two excellent teams do battle for a place in the last four.