Spain were one of the most dominant sides in the past decade but that didn’t help them in the build-up to the tournament. With an indifferent form and ineffective strikers, Spain weren’t considered good enough to defend their title. True to the apprehensions, their performance in the group matches was inconsistent. Their loss to Croatia meant that they finished second in the group and pulled into a more difficult draw of the knockouts. The team is yet to convince the critics to be counted as favorites but they still have some brilliant individual players to change the course of a game.
Italy v Spain Betting advice
Italy lost just one match in their last five encounters and have conceded just one goal in this period. In their last ten matches, only three have seen opponents scoring more than a goal. Backing them to concede less than two goals is a worthy bet.
Spain have a good record in the recent past too with just two losses in their last ten encounters. Five of these matches have seen them end with a clean sheet. David De Gea is a solid presence under the sticks and will be key for the Spaniards. With two of the best goal keepers in the world coming together for this game, it could end up with under 2.5 goals.
Spain has an edge over Italy in the recent encounters but this could see an Italian win in extra time or penalties.