The first European Championship semifinal features two soccer heavyweights as Spain is set to kick off against Italy on Tuesday, July 6th at Wembley Stadium in London, England. This match features, the two highest-scoring teams at the tournament so far as Italy has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 11-2 after five games and Spain has outgunned the opposition 12-5 in five outings.
Spain, who are currently ranked number six in the world, finished in second place in Group E during the round-robin stage with five points after drawing Sweden 0-0 and Poland 1-1 and then slamming Slovakia 5-0. They then took care of Croatia 5-3 in extra time in the round-of-16 after blowing a late 3-1 lead but then scoring twice in the added 30 minutes. Their next stop was a date with Switzerland in the quarterfinals and they managed to get past them 3-1 in a penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw.
The seventh-ranked Italians topped Group A by downing Turkey and Switzerland 3-0 in their first two matches followed by a 1-0 draw over Wales for nine points. They then edged Austria 2-1 in extra time in the round-of-16 after playing to a 90-minute 0-0 draw and got past the world’s top-ranked team Belgium by the same score in the quarterfinals.
Italy is a perfect five-for-five in the tournament, has won 15 straight games overall and enters the match riding a 32-game unbeaten streak.
The Bet365 odds for this huge semifinal clash after 90 minutes as of July 3rd, were Italy at 6/2 with Spain at 2/1 and a draw at 11/5.
The over/under odds were set at 2.5 goals with the over being 13/10 and the under at 8/13.
When betting on the over/under, be aware that since 2010, just three of the 10 combined World Cup and European Championship semifinals have produced more than 2.5 goals after 90 minutes. Also, Italy has conceded just two goals over the past 1,000 minutes of playing time with one of these coming on a penalty kick to Belgium in the quarterfinals.
However, Italy has allowed a goal against in each of the past two matches after posting 10 straight clean sheets. Also, over 2.5 goals have been scored in five of Italy’s last six games and three of Spain’s last six outings.
As far as injuries go, Italy’s Leonardo Spinazzola was carried off the pitch on a stretcher against Belgium ans is expected to miss the contest with Spain. Pablo Sarabia was taken off by Spain at half-time against Switzerland, but he’s expected to suit up on Tuesday.
In past head-to-head-clashes between the two European giants dating back to 1920, including Olympic Games and friendlies, the nations have each won 11 games with the other 15 ending in draws with Italy outscoring Spain 43-40.
The last meeting took place on Sept. 2, 2017 with Spain winning 3-0 at home in Madrid in a World Cup qualifier. The teams met in the European Championship Final in Kiev, in 2012 with Spain posting a 4-0 victory. The teams had also played to a 1-1 draw in the group stage of the event.
When it comes to current bragging rights, Italy has won four World Cups and has finished as runners-up twice and has captured the European Championship once while finishing as runners-up twice. Spain has hoisted the World Cup once and has lifted the European Championship three times while finishing as runners-up once.
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