Spain v France: Why Chelsea’s Fernando Torres is sure to score
The Tipster is backing Fernando Torres to score for Spain against France in their Euro 2012 quarter-final on Satuday
The quarter-final between France and Spain is arguably the most mouth-watering tie of the last eight – and the Tipster is backing Fernando Torres to rise to the occasion and score against Les Bleus on Saturday.
Our man-in-the-know is backing Spain to beat France, but not by much, tipping under 1.5 goals and Vicente Del Bosque’s side to keep a clean sheet. And penalties could possibly be needed for the holders to make it to the last four.
Torres to score at any time for Spain against France – 8/5
Torres began to find some form for Chelsea towards the end of the season, and just in time for Spain’s defence of their European championship crown. The 27-year-old has scored two goals in Poland and Ukraine, beating Shay Given twice in a 4-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland. With Philippe Mexès missing for France, the Tipster’s opening bet for this edition is for Torres to score any time against France at solid odds of 8/5.
Spain to beat France – 4/5
Spain are unbeaten in a staggering 26 qualifying and finals games in the European championship. That run includes their 1-0 victory over Germany in the Euro 2008 final – and France face an unenviable task in trying to end this record. Spain have won three of the last four meetings between these sides, and France’s confidence was dented with a 2-0 defeat by Sweden in the final group game. So, our man-in-the-know is backing Spain to win at 4/5.
Under 1.5 goals in Spain v France – 11/8
Despite Mexès’ absence, France will still prove a formidable force for Spain to break down. Slaven Bilić’s Croatia managed to keep the holders at bay for the best part of 87 minutes before Jesús Navas’ strike finally sealed three points. Five of Spain’s seven games at the 2010 World Cup finished 1-0, and the Tipster expects the trend to continue on Saturday, backing under 1.5 goals at 11/8.
Spain to beat France and keep a clean sheet – 8/5
Del Bosque’s side have only conceded one goal so far – Antonio Di Natale’s strike for Italy in the opening Group C game – and managed to keep clean sheets against Croatia and Ireland. France failed to score in their last game against Sweden, and Spain’s defence should have the measure of Laurent Blanc’s frontman Karim Benzema – he played 34 games in La Liga last season. Spain to beat France and without conceding is a solid shout at 8/5.
The long shot: Spain to win on penalties – 12/1
Spain had to overcome a nail biting encounter with Italy en route to their 2008 success, beating the Azzurri on penalties – thanks to the heroics of Iker Casillas, while Cesc Fàbregas scored the winning spot-kick. France, meanwhile, needed extra-time to beat Portugal and Italy on their way claiming the Euro 2000 crown. Therefore, the Tipster’s audacious long-range effort for this edition is for Spain to win on penalties at 12/1.
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