With the titans of Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid now left with nothing to play for this season following their dramatic Champions League exits and Madrid’s La Liga title clincher last night, the attentions of Spain will now turn to their national team, in their bid to win back to back European Championships in Poland and Ukraine next month. España of course go into this competition as favourites with a price of 5/2 with Bet 365 to win the tournament outright but we’ve highlighted three other bets you might be tempted to place during Spain’s defence of their European title.
1) Fernando Torres – Leading Goal Scorer (16-1):
Despite having his confidence shot to pieces after a dreadful run of form since his arrival at Chelsea last year, there are once again signs of life in the plucky Spaniard striker after his last-gasp goal against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final and his convincing hat-trick at the hands of QPR last week in the English Premier League imply he’s well on his way back to being the Fernando Torres we all used to know and love. Whilst he faces stiff competition from Fernando Llorente and Roberto Soldado to run the front line for Spain in June, Vicente Del Bosque should opt to feature Torres should his form continue to improve due to his past experience in major tournament scenarios.
2) Spain v Italy (Spain to win 1-0 – 9/2):
Spain’s opening game sees them face an Italian side looking to exorcise their demons following a very disappointing 2010 World Cup Campaign. In 2010, Spain won almost all of their World Cup matches by a single goal and of those games, four of them were won with a 1-0 scoreline. So now they face Italy, a side best known for its defensive prowess, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Spain nick this game by a single goal should the Italians initiate a good old-fashioned game of ‘park the bus’ and play for the draw in this important Group C match-up.
3) Spain v Germany (Both teams to make the final – 8/1):
Germany were very much the surprise package of the last World Cup with Thomas Muller among others lighting up South Africa with their fast, cerebral attacking style of football. With Joachim Low’s youngsters now two years wiser and with international experience under their belt, there’s no reason why they can’t make it all the way to the final this time where it’s very likely they’ll face the Spaniards in what could be a classic final.
So there you have it, three bets you should definitely consider putting on your coupon when betting on this year’s much anticipated European Championships.
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