While the Portuguese were beaten 1-0 by Spain during the 2010 World Cup, they beat La Furia Roja by a 4-0 scoreline months later in a friendly which might weigh heavy on the minds of their opponents when the teams clash in Donetsk on Wednesday night.
Portugal’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in the quarter finals was deceptive in the sense that they were by far the most superior team last Thursday and it appears they are moving through the gears as the tournament wears on.
They can be backed at 6/1 (Blue Square free £25 bet) to win Euro 2012 and there is also a meaty 7/2 on offer (Paddy Power) that they can get the job done against Spain in ninety minutes, with Cristiano Ronaldo already knowing what is required to beat several of the opposition players.
After all, the Portugal captain has enjoyed domestic success with Real Madrid recently which came from winning 2-1 at the Nou Camp and he will be at his dangerous best against the Barcelona players as well as club team-mates such as Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas.
William Hill offer 6/1 about the former Manchester United man scoring the first goal of this contest and he looked the part when bagging a brace against the Netherlands before firing home the winner against the Czechs although the big question is whether Portugal will get enough possession to do damage.
Spain are an even money poke to claim victory and book their place in a third consecutive major tournament final, with Del Bosque’s team controlling all four of their matches with possession although Italy did take the lead in that opening Group C encounter.
Croatia also gave the Spanish a scare in that final group game, although France simply wilted on Saturday night and the holders will hope to seize the initiative early against their Iberian neighbours.
Perhaps Fernando Torres will be selected for this contest and the Chelsea forward is as short as 4/1 yet as big as 11/2 (bet365 £200 free bet) to score the first goal of this contest, while Cesc Fabregas could instead play as a makeshift centre forward and he is on offer at 7/1 to score first.
Now that we have witnessed our first 0-0 of the tournament, it is not out of the equation that this game will be similarly low-scoring and odds of 13/2 are on offer that there is No Goalscorer in the ninety minutes which would lead to extra-time.
Portugal are a 10/1 chance with William Hill to win on penalties and that could be a price worth taking.