Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will have to choose between Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas to face Germany in tonight’s World Cup semi-final and Blue Square punters will be eagerly awaiting his decision.
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Fabregas has been declared fit following a knock in training, leaving Del Bosque needing to decide whether to stick with Liverpool striker Torres, yet to score in this World Cup, or give Fabregas his first start.
The 23-year-old Arsenal midfielder had put himself in the frame after Spain improved dramatically in the quarter-final against Paraguay when he replaced Torres.
Spain managed 15 shots against Paraguay, with 11 of these, and the four on-target efforts, coming in the 34 minutes after Fabregas came on.
Del Bosque said: “He has trained well. We were quite worried on Monday because he took a hit in the same place as his injury but he is available to play.”
However, the slight uncertainty may just persuade Del Bosque to keep faith with Torres, the man whose goal against the same opponents in the final of Euro 2008 gave Spain’s multi-talented side their greatest success so far in football.
Blue Square make Torres 6/1 to score first in Durban and the same price to net the game’s final goal, while Fabregas is 12/1 for each of those markets.
Punters can also bet on who will be the first player substituted in this fixture, with Torres 7/2 favourite here and Fabregas available at 7/1 for those who think he may start.