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Saturday evening’s Euro 2012 quarter final in Donetsk sees holders Spain face two time winners France. The winners will face Portugal, who got past Czech Republic in the first quarter final on Thursday.

Spain go into the game having topped Group C by beating both the Republic of Ireland and Croatia after their 1-1 draw with Italy in their opening game. The World and European champions have won fifteen of their last nineteen internationals, though they have drifted below Germany to second favourites to lift what would be a record third major trophy in a row. You can get a best price of 375 (11/4) for the Spanish to win the tournament, whilst France are outsiders, with Bet Victor offering 14.0 (13/1).

As for this match, 1.85 (17/20) is the highest odds available for the Spain win, whilst France are as high as 5.25 (17/4). The draw is around the 3.5 (5/2) mark.

France’s defeat to Sweden in their last match was their first in twenty-five games meant they had to settle for the runners-up spot in Group D. They drew with England in their opening game before beat co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk four days later.

The French have lost their last two meetings with Spain, though they were victorious in their last competitive meeting, back in the last sixteen of the 2006 World Cup. The two sides also met in the quarter finals Euro 2000; France winning 2-1 on their way to lifting the trophy in Belgium and the Netherlands.

With a tight game expected, you might be tempted to take advantage of the various markets available for the game to not be decided in 90 minutes. Spain are clear favourites to win should the match be settled in extra time, whilst Bet Victor offer a price of 13.0 (12/1) for either named side to win in the shoot-out.

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