Euro2012 betting preview: Spain v Portugal

The first semi-final tonight (7.45pm KO,Live on BBC1)  promises to be a classic encounter, and Portugal look worth a punt at 7/2 to beat their Iberian rivals in 90 minutes.

They have done nothing but impress throughout the tournament since losing their opening game 1-0 to Germany, with their passing, link-up play and teamwork in subsequent victories over Denmark Holland and the Czech Republic being absolutely top notch.

Their undoubted star has been Cristiano Ronaldo who has adopted a shoot on sight policy and for me has been the best player in the tournament so far by a country mile.

The Real Madrid striker has scored three so far, and a remarkable total of 66 this season for club and country.

He has also has fired in a total of 29 shots, the most at a European Championship finals since 1980, and is there is little doubt that in his current form he is capable netting in this.

BetVictor, Hills, Ladbrokes and Stan James go 6/1 about him scoring the opener, and that looks terrific each-way value as we get 2/1 about him scoring anytime as a saver.

Nani is also a big threat when Portugal go forward, and at 14/1 is definitely worth a small saver in the first goalscorer market.

The key for Portugal in this match is to stay strong in defence and work hard to contain a hugely talented Spanish outfit whose midfield trio of Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta who have been controlling matches.

However unlike France, who were content to sit back and let them dominate without ever really threatening on the break, I think Portugal are a side high on confidence who will be prepared to have a go and have the players capable of mixing it up in midfield.

I fancy them to win 2-0 or 2-1, and those scorelines can be backed at 25/1 with Stan James and 18/1 with  Betfred and Ladbrokes respectively

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