Reigning European champions Spain could be in for a difficult task when they tackle France, even if les Bleus have lost their last game at the tournament.
After winning back to back European Championship and World Cup titles, La Furia Roja arrived to Poland and Ukraine as the number one favourites for the trophy, but they haven’t really lived up to their potential.
Vicnent del Bosque’s side experienced major problems against both Italy and Croatia, and they were very fortunate to make it through to the quarter-finals.
Spain were particularly disappointing in their final group game against Croatia, when they were completely outplayed by their less illustrious opponents, but La Furia Roja are, nonetheless, 1.85 (17/20) favourites to beat France.
They are, however, no longer the number one candidates for the trophy, with the price on Spain now 3.75 (11/4) at BetVictor.
Vincent del Bosque is unlikely to make any changes to the starting line-up, although Cesc Fabregas could replace Fernando Torres if the boss opts to start with a false nine.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Casillas – Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba – Alonso, Busquets, Xavi – Silva, Torres, Iniesta.
France have seen a major downtrend in fortunes under Raymond Domenech, but new boss Laurent Blanc has done really well to get the national team back where they belong.
However, despite some impressive showings in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and warm-up games, les Bleus were not seen as one of the main candidates for the coveted title.
The team largely impressed in their first two games against England and Ukraine, and they managed to go through in spite of the defeat to Sweden in the final round.
Les Bleus will now have to show a massive improvement in order to beat Spain, but you should now France are 3.25 (9/4) with 888sport to qualify for the semis.
Boss Blanc is expected to start both Yann M’Vila and Alou Diarra in an attempt to prevent players like Xavi and Iniesta from making a huge impact, meaning that Samir Nasri will return to the right wing.
Philippe Mexes is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament and he will be replaced by Laurent Koscielny.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Lloris – Debuchy, Rami, Koscielny, Clichy – Cabaye, Diarra, M’Vila – Nasri, Benzema, Ribery.