Thursday, July 25, 2024

Prediction: Spain vs France

Verdict: Under 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Dachbet

With all eyes falling on the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, Spain will meet France in Munich for what is a heavyweight showdown.

Spain

Starting with Spain, snatching what was a stunning last-gasp winner against Germany on Friday evening as they sent the home nation packing thanks to a 2-1 victory, La Roja have only continued to gain a string of plaudits this summer. Making real history last summer as they were crowned Nation League champions, Luis de la Fuente’s camp are riding what has become a major wave of momentum. With many billing the European giants as the leading title contender over the next week, Spain find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Opening proceedings on June 15th with a thumping 3-0 victory against World Cup bronze medalists Croatia, La Roja have won all of their previous seven consecutive appearances across all competitions. Gaining a reputation for their free-flowing approach under de la Fuente’s guidance, Spain will certainly be relishing their trip to Munich on Tuesday night.

Team News

Shown a late red card against Germany last weekend, Real Madrid defender Daniel Carvajal will serve a one-match suspension here and will not feature in Munich. Likewise, also shown what was a costly booking against the host nation on Friday evening, 27-year-old Robin Le Normand will also serve a ban at the Allianz Arena.

Completing a bank-breaking move to Saudi Arabia last week, veteran defender Nacho Fernandez will return at the heart of Spain’s defence and earn a 28th international cap here. Likewise, now finding the net in back-to-back EURO 24 appearances over the past week, RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo could be handed a full recall.

France

As for France, although Les Bleus might have opened up this summer’s European Championships pencilled in as the standout title contender, Didier Deschamps’ camp are still looking to click into top gear. Nevertheless, overcoming Portugal last weekend thanks to what was a nail-biting penalties victory, the former world champions still hold a fearsome reputation and they have collected some heavyweight scalps. Opening their knockout stage adventure with a dramatic late 1-0 win against Belgium, France are now desperate to find some kind of clinical edge in the final third. Remarkably, Deschamps’ superstar squad have failed to notch a single strike from open play so far this summer. However, continuing to show plenty of defensive steel since arriving in Germany, Les Bleus have conceded just a single strike in any of their previous seven appearances across all competitions.

Team News

While Kylian Mbappe might have come off late against Portugal last weekend after suffering a blow to his broken nose, Real Madrid’s new superstar will spearhead France’s attack in Munich and look to notch a second EURO 24 strike. Serving a one-match suspension on Friday night, Juventus star Adrein Rabiot could be handed a full recall at the heart of Deschamps’ midfield.

Forming what has been a stellar partnership at the back, Arsenal youngster William Saliba will partner Bayern Munich’s Dayot Upamecano. Settling for a spot on the bench against Portugal last weekend, Inter Milan star Marcus Thuram could replace Randal Kolo Muani.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Spain and France last met back in October 2021 while in Nations League action, Les Bleus collected a 2-1 victory in Milan.
    • Snatching a stunning last-gasp winner against Germany on Friday, Spain have now won all of their previous seven appearances across all competitions.
    • France have remarkably recorded just a single goal from open play so far this summer.
    • However, Les Bleus have conceded just a single strike in any of their previous seven appearances across all competitions.
    • Seven of the last eight meetings between Spain and France have finished with under 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    In what is a showdown between two European icons on Tuesday night, all eyes will certainly fall on the Allianz. However, although both Spain and France might have a string of striking superstars at their disposal in Munich, we could be set for another nail-biting affair. Although Les Bleus might have remarkably failed to notch a single goal from open play so far this summer, the former world champions have recorded a clean sheet in six of their previous seven appearances across all competitions. It should be noted, with seven of the last eight meetings between Tuesday’s semi-finalists finishing with under 2.5 goals, we are expecting a similar outcome here.

    Verdict: Under 2.5 goals

    Best Odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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