Spain v France betting
France 7/2 shot to upset defending champions
Last Updated: June 21, 2012 2:28pm
Fernando Torres: 9/2 to open the scoring on Saturday
After suffering a surprise defeat to Sweden in their final group match, France now face holders Spain in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
The 2-0 reverse at the Olympic Stadium, their first defeat in 23 games, leaves Laurent Blanc's side as 7/2 shots with Sky Bet to upset Spain (4/5) and book a place in the semi-finals.
La Roja remain unbeaten with two wins and a draw but despite their obvious quality have yet to find their best form and have drifted out to 9/4 second favourites behind Germany in the online betting firm's outright market.
Despite their indifferent form, Spain have won 16 of their last 17 competitive games and the last time they qualified as group winners with at least seven points they were crowned as the 2008 champions. Vicente del Bosque's side are 2/5 to qualify for the semi-finals.
But France have a good record against Spain, beating their opponents at two European Championships, going on to lift the trophy on both occasions - in 1984 in the final and in 2000 in the quarter-finals. Sky Bet go 4/1 for France to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.
Spain have also only won one of their nine previous European Championship or World Cup quarter-finals outright with four ending in penalty shoot-outs. Its 14/1 for France to win in extra-time and 11/1 on penalties.
Fernando Torres, who is 5/1 to be the tournament's top goalscorer, is 9/2 to break the deadlock from Karim Benzema (15/2), who is still looking for his first goal in Poland and Ukraine. It's also 15/2 for both men to score in 90 minutes.
France, one of the pre-tournament fancies, are now 11/1 (from 7/1) to go on and lift the trophy.
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