Live on BBC1: Mon 19.45: Croatia and Spain occupy the two qualification places in their pool but they face each other in the final matches in Group C so there’s no guarantee that they will both book a place in the last eight.
If they played out a score draw the pair would be firmly in the driving seat and indeed the bookies expect a stalemate, Coral’s 13/8 the best available for it to finish all square in Kharkiv. A 2-2 scoreline meanwhile, would guarantee qualification for the duo and a result that is normally priced at around 14/1 is a 5/1 shot via Ladbrokes on this occasion.
Defeat for either team however, would see them eliminated assuming Italy defeat demoralised Ireland in the evening’s other clash in Poznan and if either of the top two is to ultimately miss out then it would probably be Croatia as Spain are worthy favourites at 20/21 with Boylesports.
Skybet quote Slaven Bilic’s charges at 7/1 to get the better of the defending champions but Vicente del Bosque’s troops won’t want to take any chances and they could open the door for the Italians by picking up a maximum haul.
The Spaniards passed the Irish off the park on Thursday and it’s hard to see Croatia containing them, meaning that they’d probably have to score twice to stand a chance of gleaning anything from the match.
That’s a tall order, although the game can still produce three or more goals, an outcome Paddy Power quote at 8/13 and Fernando Torres, following his brace in Gdansk, can contribute to that tally. The Chelsea man is 11/2 with BetVictor to break the deadlock and 6/4 (Ladbrokes) to strike at any stage, bets that in the circumstances tempt far more than match wagers.
Fernando Torres to score first – 11/2 (BetVictor)