We can’t get enough of the EURO Futsal finals! Sunday evening, starting 19:45, we have Azerbaijan – Spain, with both teams battling for first place in group D.
Azerbaijan – Checks the fifth consecutive appearance at a European Championship. Two years ago, the Azeris didn’t get past the quarter-finals, with the best performance being the semifinal in 2010, in Hungary. Won the first game, 5-3 against France, but it wasn’t easy at all. Alesio Da Silva’s men suffered and were even led with 2-1 before scoring 4 goals in a row. Three Brazilians contributed to the win, with Bolinha scoring three, while Eduardo and Cardoso bagged one a piece.
Spain – Best nation on the Old Continent, but a big disappointment at the last World Cup, when the Spanish left the competition in the quarter-finals. Seven times EURO Futsal winner, Spain had a poor start, with just a 4-4 draw against France. The equalizer came with 2 minutes left to play, from Bebe’s foot. Almost all Spanish superstars had a bad night. Miguelin or Lozano didn’t managed to score, while keeper Paco Sedano had some hesitations.
Spain should do better this time, as they had 21 shots on target against France, meaning that most of their actions were executed properly, but the outcome wasn’t the one expected by them and their fans. At the World Cup in Columbia, these two teams met in the group stages, with the reigning European champion winning 4-2. Azerbaijan and Spain both create a lot of chances that end up with shots on target. They also tend to prioritize set pieces. That’s because Miguelin or Bolinha, for instance, are players with really powerful shots. The ElPozo superstar may not had the best performance against France, but we rarely see him having two bad games in a row. First place decider, although Spain can still leave the EURO Futsal finals if Azerbaijan wins by a margin of three or more goals. Will probably see some goals straight from the start, with neither team wanting to stay in defense.
Prediction: over 6,5 goals, odds 1.72
Azerbaijan - Spain