Both Portugal and Spain did well to go this far, but now it’s time to get one over their rivals and make it to the Euro 2012 final. We now look at five betting tips that should give you the best value for money in this semi-final clash.
One of world’s best players had a slow start to the European Championships, but then showed a lot of improvement to score three goals in last two games. The Real Madrid forward will have a lot of space on the break against Spain and with La Furia Roja looking vulnerable at the back, he might just continue his scoring run.
Real Madrid defender is widely known as one of the most controversial defenders in world football, but he has been in great form at the Euro 2012. After picking up 10 yellow cards for los Blancos in 29 La Liga games, he managed to avoid picking up a booking in first four games, but with a tense affair expected against Portugal’s fierce rivals, Pepe looks a good bet to pick up a yellow or even red card.
Portugal may have been pretty impressive after the opening defeat to Germany, but it is reigning champions Spain who have got to be considered favourites here. La Furia Roja eased off to a win over France and they certainly have what it takes to win this game as well. At odds of evens away win looks a great bet here.
Spain have been scoring goals for fun at the Euro 2012 even when they didn’t have a recognized striker on the pitch, so there is no reason to believe things will change against Portugal. The Seleccao, too, have got plenty of attacking potential, which makes over 2.5 goals a very good choice here.
In two of the four games at the tournament Spain have scored in both halves of the game and there is a great value in backing La Furia Roja to make it 3 out of 5. Vincent del Bosque’s side are expected to score the opening goal, while they should bag at least one more once Portugal open up, especially with Pedro, Jesus Navas and Torres/Fabregas likely to come on in the second half.