As part of the second semi-final of the Confederations Cup, Spain will meet tonight at the hours of 22:00 the representative of Italy.
Spain has won three convincing matches in the group phase. Firstly, she won against Uruguay with the score of 2-1 and even though the score was tight, she lead the game. Then followed the match against Tahiti, a match in which David Villa and the team did not stop before scoring ten goals. In the last game, due the fact that she was already qualified, the Hispanics were confident of the outcome and Spain won with a score of 3-0. Therefore, after three matches played in the Confederations Cup, the team prepared by Vicente del Bosque has the incredible goal average of 15:1.
For the tonight`s duel, it appears that Del Bosque will start the game with Casillas in the gate, even though in the first three matches he used all three gatekeepers he had at his disposal. It is uncertain that Roberto Soldado and Cesc Fabregas will play, since they did not train on Monday. Fernando Torres is most likely to start the game in the central offense line, while Juan Mata and David Silva will “fight” to replace Fabregas.
Italy showed a spectacular game in this tournament, which is atypical if we consider squadra azzura. In all the matches played in Brazil, the team prepared by Prandelly marked a minimum of three goals. Italy won against Mexico with 2-1 and against Japan with 4-3, but this in not enough to qualify herself between the “aces” of this competition. Brazil proved to be a hard nut to crack for Balotelli&co and therefore the Italians missed the chance to face Uruguay in the penultimate act.
Prandelli will use tonight a defensive line containing three players. Ignazio Abate is injured and will miss this match and in the same situation lays Mario Balotelli. Alberto Gilardino will begin the game as a main striker. Daniele de Rossi and Andrea Pirlo will play in the middle line, making a comeback after being suspended.
Spain and Italy have met last summer in the final of the European Championship. Then, the Hispanics were confident of the victory, winning the trophy after an incredible score of 4-0.
Spain – Italy probable players:
Spain (4-3-3): Casillas – Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Pedro, Torres, Silva
Italy (3-4-2-1): Buffon – Barzagli, Chiellini, Bonucci – Maggio, Pirlo, Rossi, Giaccherini – Candreva, Marchisio – Gilardino
Sport betting odds for Spain vs Italy:
Total number of goals (over/under 2.5): 2.10 1.70
In order to succeed tonight, the Italians need their defense line to play better than it did in the group phase, when it broke eight times. Spain is favorite for this match and after the last year`s success in the European Championship we believe that she can obtain a new victory against the squadra azzura. We will assist to a much awaited final between Brazil and the World and European Champion.