Portugal vs Spain Match Betting Tips & Picks

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On June 27th, we see the first Euro 2012 Semi-Final with Portugal vs Spain. Spain were the initial Euro 2012 favourites, however some strong performances from Germany have seen them equal Spain as favourites at 13/8 odds.

However the bookies are in doubts that Spain are the favourites in this match versus Portugal. Lets look at the odds:

Portugal: 7/2
Draw: 9/4
Spain: 19/20

Then we also have Portugal 7/4 to qualify and Spain 4/9 to qualify. So the bookies are in no doubt that Spain are going to be qualifying from this game.

All of the Portugal vs Spain betting odds are from .

Of course, this is a rather tricky tie. On paper, you have to agree with the bookies. Spain have looked solid throughout Euro 2012, if sometimes uninspired. It’s like they’re just waiting for a team to offer them a challenge, and in the meantime they’re content to play their 4-6-0, while trying to set the record for “most completed passes” per game.

Really, Spain vs Portugal comes down to one name.

Cristiano Ronaldo.

One of the greatest players in the world, Ronaldo is someone that has always come up short at the International level. However in Euro 2012, in Portugals last two games, Ronaldo has really stood out, and looks like he may be capturing the same form at International Level as he is club level.

If you think Ronaldo is going to step up, make his mark on the game and be the star man that can unlock Spain – then you owe it to yourself to place bets based on that. You can bet on Ronaldo to score first and Portugal to win the game with 9/1 odds at . You can also bet Ronaldo to score the only goal of the game, and Portugal winning 1-0 at 18/1 odds at which is really tremendous value.

But when it comes to Portugal vs Spain betting tips, I just can’t really recommend it.

Spain have had a solid gameplan for every one of their matches in Euro 2012. They will have a solid gameplan for Portugal. Spain are not the World & European Champions by luck – they’re World & European Champions because they’re the best team in the world.

People seem to forget the way Spain operate. They have rose-tinted glasses, thinking of a team that destroyed every other team on their way to the championship finals. Therefore, they think things will be different as Spain haven’t “killed” teams like before.

Yet it really wasn’t the case. At the World Cup 2010 Spain struggled in their group, losing to Switzerland and having to beat Chilie 2-1 to qualify in a very close game. However their game plan came to fruition during the latter stages, when they beat Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and Netherlands 1-0 every time to win the World Cup.

Spain will have a similar gameplan here.

Bet Spain 19/20 to win in 90 minutes, and bet Spain 1-0. You can get 4/1 odds on that one

Those are my main Spain vs Portugal Betting Picks.

Sorry Ronaldo, but the strict control of Spain will stop you from stepping out from Messi’s shadow.