Many are predicting a 5/4 odd on Spain reaching the finals. They place an odd of 3.75 on Spain to win the tournament. Spain are favorites to become the first team in history to win two consecutive European titles and the World Cup, effectively dubbed the "treble".
Spain's national team faced a concerning set-back when it announced that David Villa and Carles Puyol were not including in the squad due to injury and recovery progress.
Spain's reserve goalkeeper Victor Valdes chimed in on the absence of Puyol and Villa, "They are two very important losses because of their importance to the team in terms of the amount of international matches that they have played and how much they have contributed in recent years," the goalkeeper told BBVA.com. "They are also very important in the daily group."
Another factor that may be a risk on part of the national team was the selection of Fernando Torres over Roberto Soldado. Soldado scored a stunning 27 goals this season for Valencia, while also captaining the team. Although Torres had scored the winning goal of the 2008 Euro Cup final, he has struggled to return to that level.
If Vicente del Bosque insisted on keeping Torres, he should have opted to include Soldado instead of Pedro Rodriguez as he has only scored 2 goals in 16 call-ups for the national team.
All things considered, Spain's style of play may not be as effective as before as key players are absent and other teams are becoming familiar with their "tiki-taka". These factors considered, Spain may not win the historic "treble" after all.