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Spain v Italy: Spanish to breach Azzurri in either half

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In a repeat of the Euro 2012 final Spain take on Italy for a place in the Confederations Cup final...

"This Spanish side have scored either side of the break in all three games at this tournament, also notching inside the first 20 minutes on all three occasions."

Best Bet: Back Spain to score in both halves @ [2.3]


Spain v Italy, Thursday 20:00, BBC1, Match Odds: Spain [1.42], Italy [9.4], The Draw [5.2]  

The reservoir of superlatives has pretty much run dry to describe this Spanish side ahead of their semi-final clash with Italy.

The match-odds market has the world champions as overwhelming favourites to inflict more pain on the Azzurri following that 4-0 Euros final defeat last year and it's hard to disagree when you begin combing through the evidence.

Vicente del Bosque's side are now unbeaten in 25 games in all competitions, winning 20 of those during this majestic run which started way back in November 2011.

In this tournament alone they have won all three games with style and efficiency in equal measures, scoring 15 goals and conceding just once on their way to topping Group B.

Meanwhile, Italy's good start against Mexico was followed by a rollercoaster ride against Japan - a game they could easily have lost - before Brazil inflicted that 4-2 defeat upon them last time out.

Traditionally tough nuts to crack, the Italians have been uncharacteristically sloppy during this tournament, shipping eight goals in just three matches.

Vastly experienced stopper Gianluigi Buffon has been well below par as have many of those charged with protecting him.

With injuries to key personnel such as Mario Balotelli, Ignazio Abate and potentially Andrea Pirlo the odds stack yet further against a shock upset here.


Spain To Score In Both Halves

This Spanish side have scored either side of the break in all three games at this tournament, also notching inside the first 20 minutes on all three occasions.
Meanwhile, the porous Italians have been sieving goals for fun, conceding either side of the team talk against both Japan and most recently Brazil.


To Score

Much maligned since his record-breaking move to Chelsea, the enigmatic Fernando Torres has always maintained a great record for his country and is doing the business again in Brazil. Virtually nailed on to be the competition's leading scorer - available at [1.65] - after coming off the bench to head home against Nigeria, Torres also registered against the Azzurri in that Euro 2012 finale.


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Best Bet: Back Spain to score in both halves @ [2.3]
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