This is a preview of the Euro 2012 Quarter Final between Spain and France
Xavi ‘Midfield Boss’ Hernandez will be key in making plays for Spain tonight
- Spain have come into this tournament as one the favorite to win the tournament, and are expected to continue their dominance of World & European football.
- This Spanish side is simply outstanding and their performance can be easily measured in the fact that they have only lost 2 competitive fixtures since 2006, once against USA and once against Switzerland.
- The Spanish side boast the best midfield in the world with the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, Busquets, SIlva and Fabregas – all of whom fight for 4 or sometimes 5 spots in the team – not to forget bench players such as Pedro, Navas, Mata, Martinez, Carzola to name a few.
- Spain have already bought the Barcelona brand of football to their camp leading the passing of the ball, with a staggering 2289 passes in the opening round of the competition.
- Fernando Torres has shown signs of his former self going back to his Atletico Madrid and early Liverpool days, with 2 magnificent goals against Ireland and a few moments against Croatia as well.
- The French had been bought crashing back down to earth against Sweden with a double whammy in that game, as they ended a 23 game un-beaten run with that loss.
- Philip Mexes is out suspended for this game tonight, and should be replaced Koscielny, which should add some uncertainty to their lineup given Clichy’s replacement of Evra in the last game.
- In all the games, the French defense hasn’t look quite up to the mark, and there were times where they could have easily conceded much more than they already had, and with Spain’s intricate passing, we might expect a break down of their defense.
- French threat breaking forward will rest on the likes of Karim Benzema, but he has not look threatening, unless supported by another striker, and hopes that Blanc will enable that with either Giroud or Menez starting up front in this crucial game.
- This game sounds like it will be an extremely cagey affair, with both teams expected to congest the midfield, and look for the solitary goal to seal it, and with Spain’s dominance over the ball in midfield, you have to wonder if any team in this competition can match up to that.
Spain to win @ 1.85 – 6 points (Betfair)