Spain-Italy Betting Preview: La Roja to send packing Mario-less Azzurri at the Castela

Cesare Prandelli’s men will be hoping to avenge their Euro 2012 final defeat against Spain in the last four of the Fifa Confederations Cup

World champions Spain will battle European rivals Italy for a place in the final of the Fifa Confederations Cup in what promises to be a repeat of the Euro 2012 final where the Azzurri were soundly trounced.

The Confederations Cup trophy is the only diadem eluding the Spanish team that has been rampant in the matches they have played so far, blowing away opposition in spectacular fashion.

Vicente del Bosque’s men are on a historic run of 28 competitive games without defeat and they are hot favourites with Ladbrokes to tame the Italians at 4/11(1.36) for a place in Sunday’s final.

Italy who look rather weakened with the absence of Mario Balotelli, are underdogs with the same firm to launch a revenge bid against the unbeaten Spaniards. They are just 15/2 (8.5) to qualify for the final ahead of the world and European kings.

The draw is a 19/5 (4.8) play.

More appealing though, is investing in Spain to get the result after 30 minutes at 7/10 (1.7) which looks to be one of the best bets available for those wishing to back Spain. Italy have not been convincing in defence in this competition, and it is expected of Spain to build on this to tear them apart.

Also, David Villa is available at 4/1 (5.00) to net first , same as his teammate, Fernando Torres who is the leading goal scorer in this championship with five goals as well as impressive Roberto Soldado whose performance has not gone unnoticed.

If it looks likely for Italy to score, it will be from a certain Alberto Gilardinho who is a 10/1 (11.00) shot to open the floodgates of goals at at the Castela.

For a value bet, try backing Spain to score with over 1.5 goals offered at 9/20 ( 1.45) . This bet regularly pays out in Spain matches,  all because of the sheer quality of  strikers at Vicente del Bosque’s disposal.

Gianluigi Buffon will move to within four appearances of joining Fabio Cannavaro as the nation's highest-capped player with 136 outings.

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