The UEFA Euro 2024 is all set to feature a highly anticipated semifinal between Spain and France. Spain have been brilliant throughout the tournament and are the only team to win all their matches in this competition.

Spain, under Luis de la Fuente, has become the heaviest candidate among the other teams in the semifinal due to their ruthless performance till now. The 2010 World Cup winner has qualified from the Group of Death, defeating teams like Italy and Croatia. Moreover, Spain eliminated Germany, the host and the favorite, from the quarterfinal after the thrilling game.

France, on the other hand, are not in their peak form, yet they reached the semifinal. France have not scored a single goal from the open play! But they have been maintaining a solid defense throughout the tournament.

“We can all see the trajectories which have brought these teams here and what those trajectories say. But this is an entirely new, different match. [France] are full of players who usually score frequently and we don’t want that to start again tomorrow,” said Spain boss Luis de la Fuente.

Stats & Facts

  • France and Spain played five games against each other in major tournaments. France won three of their first four matches and tied the remaining one. However, Spain have won the most recent match, which took place in the 2012 Euro.
  • Spain have won all their first five matches in the Euro 2024 and are the only side to do so.
  • A win over France would see Spain being the only team in the history of the European Championship to win six matches in a single tournament.
  • No other team has won six games in a row in the history of the Euro. Spain would do so if they beat France.
  • Spain has had the best winning ratio under Luis de la Fuente since the start of 2023. They have won 15 of their 19 games under Fuente.

Team News

Spain defender Dani Carvajal was sent off during the match against Germany and is suspended for tonight’s match against France.  Spain will miss another defender, Robin Le Normand, due to his excessive yellow cards.

The Spain boss has to replace Pedri as the Barca midfielder was brutally fouled by Toni Kroos, which let Pedri out for the rest of the tournament.

But France boss Didier Deschamps does not have to think about suspensions. No French players have disciplinary issues ahead of the semifinal. But Kylian Mbappe is still struggling with his nose injury, yet played two games wearing the mask.

Adrian Rabiot is back again after serving a one-game ban against Switzerland, while Marcus Thuram and Ferland Mendy should recover from their minor injuries.

Possible Lineup for Spain:

Simon: Navas, Nacho, Laporte, Cucurella; Olmo, Rodri, Ruiz: Yamal, Morata, Williams

Possible Lineup for France:

Maignan; Kounde, Saliba, Upamecano, Hernandez; Kante, Tchouameni, Rabiot; Griezmann; Kolo Muani, Mbappe

Prediction: Spain 2-1 France

Spain have been flying in the Euro 2024, winning all their games. Players like Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams are having a great time in Spain’s shirt. The winning momentum of Spain will be a great threat to France, who are yet to score a goal from the open play.

We expect an intense fight between the two sides, where Spain should be the ultimate winner in the semifinal and reach the grand finale.

Betfair Odds

Spain: 2.75

Draw: 2.81

France: 3.14

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