Spain v Croatia latest odds, news and free bets

It’s hard to assess exactly how good Spain are at the moment. Their opening 1-1 draw with Italy suggested that a decent side can fashion chances and keep things tight against Vicente del Bosque’s team, although a 4-0 drubbing of Ireland suggests La Furia Roja are moving through the gears

Perhaps we will know more after Monday’s match against Croatia which will have a large bearing on which teams qualify for Group C. Spain only need a draw to go through to the quarter finals although a win might be required to qualify as Italy could potentially score a hatful against the Irish.

The tournament favourites are a best price 4/5 (Stan James £10 free bet) to claim victory in Gdansk which was the scene of their recent 4-0 victory and Del Bosque is likely to rotate his squad but not make wholesale changes considering defeat will leave them out of the competition.

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Fernando Torres put himself right in contention for the Golden Boot by scoring a brace against the Republic of Ireland and the Chelsea man is 11/2 (BetVictor free bets) to break the deadlock in this match although it might be a chance for Fernando Llorente to shine and the Athletic Bilbao man is a 13/2 chance to score first.

Andres Iniesta is still searching for his first goal of Euro 2012 and can be backed at 10/1 (BetVictor) to be the first name on the scoresheet, while Cesc Fabregas is likely to return to the side and he is the same price with the same bookmaker.

Croatia have done pretty well in their opening two matches and this is a team that would probably have won Group A but find themselves with two quality teams in Group C. Even so, a draw is within their capabilities and Blue Square offer 21/10 about this outcome.

There is a conspiracy theory that the match between Spain and Croatia could end in a 2-2 scoreline which would mean the Azzurri go out of Euro 2012 no matter how many goals they score against Ireland, with Sportingbet offering 7/1 that the match ends like this although some firms bet as short as 4/1 about this outcome.

It is quite amazing when you consider that the normal price about a 2-2 is 16/1, although it brings back memories of Euro 2004 when Denmark and Sweden played out the same scoreline to deny Giovanni Trapattoni’s men.

Croatia will be looking to sneak a victory and go through as group winners, with odds of 15/2 (Coral) available about Slaven Bilic’s team and they certainly were the better team during the second half of their match against Italy.

Mario Mandžukić has scored three goals in his first two matches and can be backed at 12/1 to score first in this game which would really open the possibility of Spain going out of the tournament.

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