Can anyone stop Spain winning the European Under-21 Championships? After a 1-1 draw with England in their opening match, they have achieved comfortable victories over Czech Republic and Ukraine which means they are through to the semi-finals as winners of Group A.
Luis Milla’s team now face Belarus in the Viborg Stadion and they are a best price 2/5 with Betfred to win this tournament and just 2/9 (Stan James – £25 free bets) to achieve victory in this semi-final. The bookmakers are clearly prepared to take few chances with a team that contains players that were part of the senior Spanish squad that won the 2010 World Cup.
Juan Mata is a star of the Spanish show and the Valencia midfielder is 5/1 to open the scoring in Viborg, with punters now knowing that he is the team’s penalty taker. Adrian Lopez was also on the scoresheet and the Deportivo man is available at 7/2 with Ladbrokes (£30 free bet).
Can Belarus pull off a surprise win in this match? After all, they managed to finish second in Group B and odds of 14/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) about them winning this one-off game are interesting.
Even so, they went through after winning just one game and losing the other two thanks to a superior head-to-head record against Iceland and Denmark. They were beaten 3-0 by the Swiss in their final group match and Spain are 7/10 with Stan James to lead at half-time and full-time.