Portugal Spain Euro Betting Pick
With a place in the Euro final on the line Spain and Portugal meet up in the first semifinal on Wednesday with the the defending champions from Spain heavily favored.
Despite being accused of playing “boring football” in the tournament Spain has rolled through the tournament pretty easily so far. Through the group stage they started off with a draw versus Italy before taking our Ireland and Croatia.
In the quarterfinals the Spaniards went up against France and controlled the action for most of the match in a 2-0 victory. Xabi Alonso scored both goals in the win, as Spain's most notable names Cesc Fabergas an Fernando Torres came up empty after both scoring twice previously in the tournament.
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Portugal has rode Cristiano Ronaldo to the tournament semis. Ronaldo has scored three goals in four games for Portugal so far, including the game-winning header in their 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.
Stopping Ronaldo will obviously be Spain's main goal and most of the Spanish side will be very familiar with as either Real Madrid teammates or regular opponents in La Liga.
At 5Dimes, Spain was listed as a early -120 favorite in the match. Portugal was a +350 underdog, while the draw odd were set at +250 at 5Dimes. Two years ago in the World Cup in South Africa Spain and Portugal faced off in the Round of 16 with Spain edging Portugal 1-0 on a strike by David Villa.
However, less than six months later they two rivals met up again in a friendly match staged in Lisbon and it was all Portugal in a 4-0 upset. Portugal also won their last Euro matchup against Spain, 1-0 eight years ago at Euro 2004.
In 34 total international matches Spain hold a huge edge with 16 wins over Portugal. The Portuguese have defeated Spain six times, while 12 other matches have ended in a draw