Confederations Cup semi-final, Thursday, 8pm
SPAIN have cantered to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup with three wins out of three and are just 2-5 with Coral to set up a final showdown with Brazil.
They now face Italy in a repeat of last year’s European Championship Final which they won 4-0 and although I can't see a repeat of that rout I expect Vicente del Bosque’s team to win in normal time.
The Italians, 8-1 with bet365, have been decent throughout but couldn't live with Brazil in their final group game and crashed to a 4-2 defeat.
Cesare Prandelli’s troops have conceded a total of eight goals and that's too many. Italy have posed a threat at the other end but the loss of star striker Mario Balotelli is huge and he's on his way home alongside Ignazio Abate. Andrea Pirlo is also a doubt while others are said to be shattered.
So it's Spain for me and Fernando Torres, top of the scoring charts with five goals, is worth a look at 5-1 with Coral to score first. Forget about his four goals against Tahiti, what was impressive was coming off the bench and also immediately making an impact with the goal that killed off Nigeria in the final group game.
With Roberto Soldado and David Villa fighting for places there's no guarantee the Chelsea man will start though so check team news before having a bet.
After seeing Nigeria create and waste at least four chances against Spain I'd have fancied the Italians to score but the absence of Balotelli puts me off that bet and he'll be replaced with Alberto Gilardino.
Torres to score
(5-4, Stan James)
Spain to win to nil