Spain just 11/10 for Confederations Cup ahead of semi-final clash with Italy

Thursday will see a repeat of the Euro 2012 final as La Roja face Cesare Prandelli's side, with the winner facing South American opposition in Rio de Janeiro on June 30
Spain's dominance of international football has showed no signs of slowing down in this year's Confederations Cup as the reigning World Cup and European Championship holders finished top of their group to set up a semi-final clash with Italy.

Confederations Cup Top Scorer

Odds from Paddy Power
Fernando Torres 4/6
Neymar 11/2
Luis Suarez 7/1
Adel Hernandez 15/2
David Villa 14/1
Fred 25/1
There was little to choose between Spain and hosts Brazil before the tournament got underway and that's still the case, with Vicente del Bosque's men priced as 11/10 (2.10) favourites by Paddy Power.

Brazil also topped their group, which included a 4-2 win over Italy on Saturday evening, and they can be backed at 13/10 (2.30) to progress in 90 minutes against Uruguay when they meet on Wednesday.

It is tough to see past a Brazil v Spain final but, for those who can make a case for Italy (15/2) or Uruguay (10/1), there are big returns on offer.

A final between the two favourites is just 2/5 (1.40) with Paddy Power which shows just how little faith the bookmakers have in the outsiders upsetting their more fancied opposition in the semi-finals.

Fernando Torres is just 4/6 (1.67) to claim the top scorer award for the competition, mainly thanks to a four-goal haul against Tahiti in Spain's 10-0 victory. Neymar, who has shown glimpses of why Barcelona paid such a large transfer fee to acquire his services earlier this summer.

The former Santos frontman has three goals to his name so far and is available at 11/2 (6.5) while Abel Hernandez (15/2) of Uruguay is the second-highest scorer in the tournament so far with four.

The price about Torres certainly looks easy enough to oppose for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, the Chelsea forward has not been in great form this season and four goals against Tahiti is hardly a sign of a return to the beastly performances which earned him such a big-money move to Stamford Bridge.

Secondly, he is not guaranteed a starting place in the Spain squad, with Roberto Soldado, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas all able to operate up front. Torres faces plenty of competition and has only started one of the three games that Spain have played so far.

Finally, there is also a third place play-off in this competition, so, unlike other tournaments where a player who is on the losing side in the semi-final does not have a chance to increase their tally, players like Hernandez, Suarez or Neymar could overturn the two- or three-goal deficit even if their side fail to make the final.

The tournament has certainly been entertaining for the neutral, with just one of the 12 group stage games going under 2.5 goals, and more goalmouth action is predicted for the two semi-final matches with the same selection odds-on across the board for both games.

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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