France vs Spain Euro Cup 2012 Betting Picks + Odds
With the group stage completed, all eyes will be on the eight teams left competing in this weekend’s four Euro 2012 quarterfinal matches.
One of those being a highly-anticipated match between a pair of former and current soccer superpowers France and Spain, on Saturday in Donetsck.
When: Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM EST
Where: Donbass Arena, Donetsk
Line: Spain (-130), France (+400), Draw (+250)
While some teams like Spain steamrolled their way through the group stage, sides like France took a less glorified route.
Emerging from the group stage on a prayer and a meager four points, the French tied with Greece for the fewest points out of the teams that are still alive and heading into this weekend’s final tournament stages.
After a 1-1 draw with the English, Les Bleus followed up with an expected but commanding 2-0 win over the Ukraine, only to cap off group play by being outplayed and shutout by Sweden 2-0.
Talk about a letdown.
The French will need to turn things around quickly if they want to advance to the semifinals. [ad-3678122]
Easier said than do however, as the one thing standing between them and advancing is a red-hot Spanish side, which sprang from the group stage and into the knockout rounds with seven points.
They finished tops in Group C, whipping the snot out of Ireland and Croatia, before settling for a 1-1 draw with the Group C runners up, Italy.
Therefore, it only seems fitting that the Spaniards are also the highest scoring team in the 2012 Euro cup with six goals for.
However, it’s not just offense that they bring to the party, they possess a stifling defense, holding their past two opponents scoreless and allowing only one goal against in all of group play.
So with such a formidable opponent, how can France even think about advancing?
Simple. They need to come on strong and get ahead early. If they do that, they could settle into a defensive posture much like the one they used to slow down England and the Ukraine.
Matt’s Free Pick– Spain– As long as the reigning Euro Cup champion don’t get caught looking ahead, I don’t think La Roja will have a too tough of a time moving on to the semifinals.