Football Bet of the Day: Spain to get the job done in extra-time

 | Monday 8th July 2024, 12:30pm

Monday 8th July 2024, 12:30pm

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We have reached the semi-final stage of Euro 2024 and the first clash of this penultimate round sees Spain take on France in Munich on Tuesday (20:00, BBC One), with a place in the final at stake. La Roja have played the best football out of everyone in Germany, while France have managed to drag themselves this far despite not living up to their usual high standards.

This is set to be a very interesting semi-final clash and it is from this match that my football bet of the day comes.

Football Bet of the Day - Tuesday, July 9

  • Spain - Extra-time @ 10/1

Out of the four teams that have made it to the semi-finals, Spain have been the most deserving. They have dazzled with their exciting brand of football, which has never wavered over the course of the tournament.

They are going to present France their toughest test so far, but Les Bleus cannot be underestimated. Yes, they have been underwhelming to say the least but they have found a way to win and get themselves into this position. It took a wicked deflection own goal to see them past neighbours Belgium in the round of 16 and then a penalty shoot-out against Portugal in the quarter-finals last Friday.

Didier Deschamps' squad has commanded great respect on the continent for almost a decade but they have not been living up to their own hype. This is evidenced by the fact that they have not scored a goal from open play at this tournament, as they have benefitted from two own goals - one against Austria and the other against the Red Devils.

Star man Kylian Mbappe is their only registered scorer at this tournament so far and his only goal came from the penalty spot. What they have been good at, however, has been their defending and structure.

They have been effectively nullifying the threat of their opponents, leading to frustration, which they have then been able to capitalise on and progress continually through the tournament.

Spain will be aware of this and will try to make sure that they aren't dragged down to France's level. Luis de la Fuente's men certainly have the quality to break down this stubborn French team and punish them for their lack of goal threat.

La Roja have scored 11 goals, one of them being an own goal at Euro 2024, and they have all come from open play. With the talent at their disposal, they should have no issue with creating chances here, but with how things have panned out so far, we cannot discount France from taking another big-hitter to extra-time.

That is why I think it might be sensible to back Spain to win the tie in extra-time. Not only is 10/1 an enticing price, La Roja have shown that they can dig deep and respond to a crushing mental setback in the form of a late equaliser, which unfolded in the Germany game, as they conjured up a late winner to avoid penalties.

France's stubborn defence and midfield will be a tough nut to crack, and it may stand firm over the course of 90 minutes, but this would just force Spain to be more intelligent in their play in the additional half hour, and I do think Les Bleus will run out of answers should this tie not be settled in regulation time.

Spain to win in extra-time Offers

Tuesday (09/07): Place an In-Play bet of £10 or more odds of 1/2+ on Spain vs France at Euro 2024 and get £5 in Free Bets to use In-Play on Netherlands vs England.

Betfred are running their famed Double Delight & Hat-trick Heaven Pre-Match offer on this match, meaning that if a player scores first and then nets again, you will be paid at double the odds. If he grabs a hat-trick, you will be paid at treble the odds!

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