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Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes there is plenty of appeal in backing La Roja to complete a comfortable win on Thursday evening and has a 9/4 value bet

Spain, rampant and record breaking, have swept all before them in search of the only title which has so far eluded them.

Three games, three wins, 15 goals scored, one conceded and all with the minimum of fuss. Now, things get more challenging for Vicente del Bosque's men with a Confederations Cup semi-final against Italy, the side they defeated in the final of Euro 2012 almost exactly a year ago to the day.

On that occasion Spain ran out 4-0 winners, producing their best performance of the tournament, and given their current historic run of 28 competitive games without defeat it is unsurprising to see them at just 2/5 (1.40) with Paddy Power for the win.

Meanwhile, injured Italy striker Mario Balotelli has assured fans that the Azzuri are looking forward to serving up a freezing dish of revenge for their Iberian rivals, yet they are serious outsiders, offered at 15/2 (8.50) which may be one of the biggest prices we have seen for Italy to win a game in recent years.

Tempting though it might be to involve oneself with some of the attractive prices offered in various markets in favor of Italy, we have seen nothing so far to advise backing against Spain.

Indeed, La Roja have looked ominously assured, and their goal scoring feats mean backing them to net two or more against Italy is offered at just 2/5 (1.40).

More appealing though, is investing in Spain -1 on the handicap market at evens (2.00) which looks to be one of the best bets available for those wishing to back Spain. Italy have looked less than solid in defence at times, and Spain are more than capable of punishing them.

Furthermore, the Spanish back four have looked relatively solid themselves, conceding just one goal so far. Italy will also have to do without their tempestuous talisman Balotelli, further enhancing Spain's chances of victory.

For a value bet, try backing a substitute to score at any time offered at 9/4 (3.25). This bet regularly pays out in Spain matches, above all because of the sheer quality of replacements that Del Bosque has at his disposal.

Spain to win (-1) at Evens (2.0) with Paddy Power
Any substitute to score at 9/4 (3.25) with Paddy Power

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