Italy vs. Spain, 2nd Semifinal, Confederations Cup 2013, Odds, Prediction, and Pick

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Italy vs. Spain, 2nd Semifinal, Confederations Cup 2013, Odds, Prediction, and Pick

We are now closing in on the business end of the Confederations Cup 2013 as the familiar football foes take on each other in the second semifinal. Italy and Spain would be fighting for a spot in the final on 28th June 2013 at 12:30am at Fortaleza. This tournament is being considered as a warm-up for the FIFA World Cup and it is a really important game to keep the proceedings on the right path. Spain entered the tournament as firm favorites and Italy too was considered a strong contender for the cup as well. With two giants set to be up against each other, it promises to be a thrilling contest.

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Just like they were expected, Spain has raced through to the semis without any significant problem. Nigeria did present some problem to them in the final group game, but it never looked as it was going to be an upset. Spain cruised to a 10-0 victory against Tahiti and was brilliant against Uruguay as well. Fernando Torres has done exceedingly well and their team is playing well. Cesc Fabregas, the Spanish midfielder, is not expected to play in this all important game. Italy would miss the services of Mario Balotelli who has flown home due to injury. Italy has played well in the group stage with their only loss coming against the hosts, Brazil. Italy would be looking to forget that 4-2 loss and move on to challenge cruising Spain to book a place in final.

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Spain and Italy has some exciting history between them as far soccer is concerned. This time again, it offers to be nothing less than a cracker. Spain has looked invincible so far, but it is a big game and Italy is a strong side. Italy would certainly miss the services of Balotelli who was in good form. Italy's defense would have to work really hard if they are to win this important side. Considering the combination of teams and their form, I'd go with the Spanish side.

  • Prediction: Spain: 2 Italy: 1

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Semifinal is a big match and pressure can get to any side. Spain has the history of excellent performance in big games and they are expected to repeat it. With Mario Balotelli missing and their loss against Brazil makes Italy even more vulnerable. I expect Spain to cruise to a win once again.