Live on ITV1: Sat 19.45: As their lengthy unbeaten run came to a surprise end in their final group match against Sweden, France must face defending champions Spain in the quarter final of Euro 2012 and on the evidence of Tuesday’s reverse, Laurent Blanc’s men have plenty to find if they are to get the better of the holders, worthy favourites at 17/20 (BetVictor).
Betfred rate the French at 4/1 to spring a surprise by eliminating the world champions in normal time and it’s 13/5 via Skybet to require extra-time but Vicente del Bosque’s troops could mesmerise Les Bleus with their passing and with France a touch deflated having given themselves a potentially tougher assignment having failed to win Group D, Spain have the edge in Donetsk.
Ladbrokes chalk del Bosque’s charges up at 11/4 to book their place in the last four by a one-goal margin and it’s 8/1 (William Hill) to finish 2-1 in favour of the Spanish in a fixture that is 6/5 with Boylesports to see both teams find the net.
With two goals to his name and a chance of bagging the Golden Boot award, Fernando Torres is bet365’s 5/1 first scorer favourite but it’s the same firm’s 13/5 for the Chelsea man to outscore France forward Karim Benzema that stands out. The Real Madrid marksman has misfired so far, failing to notch in three matches and with his team up against it a rejuvenated Torres should be able to net and better his opposite number’s match tally.
Fernando Torres to beat Karim Benzema in a goalscorer match bet – 13/5 (bet365)