Live on ITV1: Sun 17.00: Spain come into Euro 2012 as reigning European and world champions so it’s perhaps not surprising to see Vicente del Bosque’s men installed as 5/6 favourites by William Hill to begin the defence of their crown with a victory against Italy.
However the Italians, Paddy Power’s 4/1 outsiders, are something of an unknown quantity ahead of their opening fixture, unfancied in the outright betting but possessing plenty of quality and the ability to hurt some of the competition’s favourites.
Combine this with the pressure that is on the Spanish in Gdansk, as well as the absence of key pair Carles Puyol and David Villa and the holders don’t look quite as safe as their odds suggest.
In fact, with their attack weakened, Spain could be set for a frustrating evening against an Italian team that will look to keep things tight and on that basis BetVictor’s 13/5 for the spoils to be shared jumps from the page.
Spain and Italy to draw – 13/5 (BetVictor)