The finals in the Nations League are set for this week, and there will be two standout semi-final ties to look ahead to. The second of those will take place in the Netherlands on Thursday, as Spain and Italy lock horns for a place in the final.

Before Betting On Spain vs Italy

A fascinating semi-final awaits on Thursday, with both Spain and Italy having questions to answer ahead of next year’s European Championships. Spain crashed out in the 2022 World Cup at an early stage in December, losing on penalties to Morocco. However, Italy will have added pressure on them ahead of their defense of the European title as they failed to reach the World Cup finals in Qatar.

Spain were losing finalists in the previous edition of the Nations League, as they were beaten in a dramatic final by France. They have endured contrasting results across their two matches since the World Cup. Spain returned to action under new head coach Luis de la Fuente with a 3-0 home win over Norway, before they were shockingly beaten 2-0 by Scotland at Hampden Park on March 28.

There will certainly be added pressure on Italy ahead of this last four showdown, as they need something to elevate their confidence levels after failing to reach the 2022 World Cup. Their return to action this year didn’t exactly go to plan, as they were defeated by the ten-men of England in Naples on March 23.

However, they responded to that setback with a professional display on the road against Malta in their most recent international fixture. Both of their goals in that 2-0 success were netted in the opening 45 minutes, with Mateo Retegui and Matteo Pessina netting the efforts on the road. This will be a clear step up in opposition and they will need to be strong defensively to stand any chance of defeating the Spanish.

Spain vs Italy Offshore Odds

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This should be a thrilling match between the two nations, with both having doubts over their chances at next year’s EUROs. Spain has won two of their last three against Italy, and they haven’t lost in 90 minutes against the Italians since 2016. Therefore, we will be siding with Spain landing victory on Thursday.