Spain sprung a surprise in their opening Euro 2012 match by taking to the field with no strikers in their starting line-up and Vincent del Bosque has indicated that he could use the same tactics when his side take on Ireland on Thursday night.
That means that Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas could play in the ‘false nine’ role again and he is 6/5 joint-favourite to add to the goal that he scored against Italy by finding the net again against Ireland.
The former Arsenal midfielder is 9/2 to score the first goal, while you will get odds of 28/1 on him to score a hat-trick.
Andres Iniesta, who last scored for Spain in a 5-0 friendly win over Venezuela in February, will also look to get forward if the 4-6-0 formation is deployed again and he is 7/1 to score first, 7/1 to score last and 2/1 to score at any time.
Manchester City’s David Silva has scored in four of his last eight international matches, so he could be good value to score at any time at odds of 17/10.
However, Silva has been tipped by many to be the man to make way should Spain opt to change their tactics and field a striker.
Poor old Fernando Torres came off the bench against Italy and came close on several occasions to grabbing a goal – he is priced at 6/5 to score at any time and 9/2 to open the scoring.
His wastefulness on Sunday could count against him, however, and Fernando Llorente at 6/5 or Alvaro Negredo at 7/5 could be better options in the any time scorer market.
For Ireland, it is difficult to see where the goals are going to come from but record goalscorer Robbie Keane is always worth a shout and he is 11/4 to score at any time.
The LA Galaxy hitman scored an injury-time penalty the last time Ireland met Spain at a major tournament (World Cup 2002) and using your free £25 bet for joining bwin.com to back Keane to score at any time in this one could return £93.75 if successful.
Defender Sean St Ledger struck his first international goal against Croatia on Sunday and he is a 14/1 outsider to repeat this feat, while Keith Andrews looked their most dangerous attacking option in the latter stages and he is 7/1 to find the net against the Spanish.
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