Bet Live on Spain v. Italy in Confederations CupPublished June 27, 2013 by OCR Editor
Spain v. Italy, Confederations Cup Semi-Final, 8pm UK Time tonight
Italy hold the upper hand in head-to-head meetings against Spain, their opponents in tonight's Confederations Cup semi-final, but recent bragging rights are well and truly with La Roja - the Spaniard thrashed Italy 4-0 when they last met in the Euro 2012 final and have lost only one of their last eight encounters.
As with Euro 2012, Spain and Italy again meet on a very important stage - the winner goes through to the tournament final against Brazil, while the loser will head back home to Europe to assess what went wrong in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup. It could be said that more is at stake for Spain, who have become accustomed to winning the big games.
Both teams are expected to make only forced changes to their lineups. Tournament top goalscorer Fernando Torres is expected to start up front for La Roja while David Silva will likely replace a sore Cesc Fabregas. For Azzurri, it appears that Alberto Gilardino will cover for the absent Mario Balotelli up front.
William Hill Sports is taking the same position as most of the online sportsbooks, who are all pointing to a comfortable Spain victory. In pre-game betting odds, they are offering 1/6 on Spain to qualify for the final and 7/2 on Italy to Qualify. Full-time odds (90 minutes) are: Spain, 2/5, draw, 7/2, Italy, 7/1.
Hill is offering a large range of betting options on this game, including the headline offers of Pedro to score and Spain to win (3/1) and Emanuele Giaccherini to score in an Italy win (25/1). They also have the full selection of Correct Score and Goalscorer markets, with odds on every player expected to play tonight.
For those who will be watching the game on TV or following it through live streams, Hill is accepting live bets on Spain-Italy. Simply head the in-play function, click on the game title and you will find real-time updated odds on match result and various scenarios