Spain vs FranceUEFA Nations League, KO: 19:45 Oct 10, 2021, San Siro
SPAIN and France will face off in the second ever Nations League final at the San Siro on Sunday night.
Both teams played their part in a pair of pulsating semi-finals in midweek and Sunday’s final has the potential to produce more fireworks.
La Roja snapped Italy's remarkable 37-match unbeaten record to seal their passage to Sunday's showpiece, beating the European Champions 2-1 in their own backyard.
Having lost to the Azzurri on penalties in the semi-final of Euro 2020, Wednesday's win was a measure of revenge for Luis Enrique's men and a Nations League triumph would help soothe any lingering summer wounds rather quickly.
France, meanwhile, staged a stunning second-half comeback to beat Belgium 3-2 in Turin on Thursday, on a night where my recommended both teams to score bet breezed in.
Didier Deschamps' side entered their semi-final having won just one of their last six games but the world champions proved their mettle to roar back against the Red Devils and they will now have their sights set on more silverware on Sunday.
Spain ran out 1-0 winners when the two countries last collided competitively in 2013 but La Roja head into this showdown as slight outsiders at 39/19 (SBK) while the stalemate has been chalked up at 9/4 (SBK) with the same firm.
France have avoided defeat inside 90 minutes across their last 13 matches and Les Bleus are 8/5 (SBK) favourites to clinch the Nations League crown in normal time on Sunday night.
The outcome of the fixture itself is too close to call but backing teams to score makes plenty of appeal at a shade under even-money with 10Bet.
Spain have been going through a transition period under coach Luis Enrique but they did look like a threatening attacking unit when twice breaching Italy's much-lauded backline in midweek.
What's more, the Spanish have now scored at least one goal in each of their last nine competitive contests, but their only clean sheets during that sequence have come against international lesser lights Georgia, Kosovo and Slovakia.
Such defensive frailty does not bode well ahead of a bout with Les Blues who possess a fearsome front three that is arguably unmatched in the game.
That said, France's defensive standards have slipped recently, with Deschamps defence posting just one clean sheet across their last seven matches across all competitions.
I'll also dip into the player card market and back Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets to pick up a booking at 3/1 with Bet 365.
The ageing anchorman has been no stranger to the referees notebook during his decorated career and he could get caught out when faced with the speed and brilliance of Kylian Mbappe and Co.
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