Spain – Italy 27.06.2013
By recording three consecutive victories in Confederations Cup group stage reigning world and European champions Spain go into the semi-final clash against Italy full of confidence.
With both sides being pretty impressive up front of late, there is every chance we will see quite a few goals in this match.
Spain have produces excellent displays in Group B of the Confederations Cup. With three straight victories over Uruguay, Tahiti and Nigeria, La Roja set up the semi-final meeting with Italy. Spaniards hope for a repeat of their Euro 2012 final victory over Italy, who face several injury worries ahead of the semi-final clash. Chelseaˈs Fernando Torres is favourite to start ahead of the Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and alongside El Nino will play David Silva and Pedro Rodriguez. Nonetheless, I believe that Vicente Del Bosque will adopt a cautious approach, especially in the first half of the semi-final clash, but with both teams being in great form up front we should see quite a few goals in the clash.
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After two straight victories over Mexico and Japan, Azzurri put an end to their winning run after a 4:2 defeat to hosts Brazil. Italy produced a solid performance against the hosts and was even close to the equalising goal but right back Maggio hit the bar when the Italians were trailing 3:2. Cesare Prandelli has a number of injury worries ahead of Confederations Cup semis against Spain, with the Azzurriˈs best striker Mario Balotelli missing the game through injury. Nonetheless, playmaker Andrea Pirlo returns to the line-up after he missed the clash against Brazil due to injury. Four-time World Cup winners should not be an easy task for the La Roja and I believe that they are capable of making a surprise in this clash. Without Mario Balotelli and Ignazio Abate in the starting line-up Cesare Prandelli should switch to 3-4-2-1 and I believe that Azzurri will score at least one goal in this clash.