Portugal v Spain Betting
Euro 2012 - Semi Final
Wednesday 27th June - 7.45pm BST - ITV1
Donbass Arena, Donetsk UKR
Current European and World champions Spain take Portugal in the first Euro2012 semi final on Wednesday night in Donetsk. The Spanish reached the semis thanks to an easy 2-0 win over France in the quarter finals thanks to two goals from midfielder Xabi Alonso. Portugal made harder work of their quarter final with the Czech Republic, with a late Cristiano Ronaldo header the difference between the teams after dominating the match.
Spain are unbeaten in the competition having drawn against Italy in their first Group C match, then going on to beat Ireland and Croatia to top the standings. The Spanish have scored eight goals in their four matches so far, although four of them came in the game against the Republic of Ireland. Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres have all scored twice, with David Silva and Jesus Navas chipping in with the other two goals.
Portugal have been very reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo who could and maybe should already be in double figures for these European Championships. Portugal qualified for the quarter finals the hard way from a tough Group B and following their opening defeat at the hands of Germany, then went on to beat Denmark 3-2 and Holland 2-1 to qualify as runners-up. Ronaldo has scored three of the team's six goals with Pepe, Varela and Helder Postiga getting the others.
Spain are favourites with the bookmakers to progress to their third consecutive major championship final. However, at around evens they are not as dominant in the betting as they have been in the past, with the bookies happy to take them on against an in-form Ronaldo.
Portugal v Spain Odds
Latest Team News/Key Players
Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to be the Portuguese talisman as he takes on various team-mates from Real Madrid. The big question regarding Spain is whether they play with a recognised centre forward or continue to play Cesc Fabregas in that role.
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Cesc Fabregas|
|Joao Moutinho||Xabi Alonso|
The last time these two sides met in a competitive match was in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Spain won the match 1-0 to progress to the quarter finals. Prior to that, Portugal beat Spain by the same scoreline at Euro 2004 and overall don't have too inferior a record against their Iberian neighbours. The last meeting came last November in a friendly which Portugal won by the surprise scoreline of 4-0.
Portugal have won 87.50%, drawn 0% and lost 12.50% of their last 8 games.
Portugal have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 8 games, going on to win 7 and draw 0 of these matches.
Portugal have failed to score in 1 of their last 8 games.
Spain have won 90.00%, drawn 0% and lost 10.00% of their last 10 games.
Spain have kept a clean sheet in 8 of their last 10 games, going on to win 9 and draw 0 of these matches.
Spain have failed to score in 0 of their last 10 games.