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The Spain football national team is next on our list, as the Red Fury will play in the Group B alongside the European champions Portugal, Morocco, and Iran. The one-time World Cup champions from the South Africa 2010 are coming to Russia as one of the toughest teams in the world at the moment, and it’s no strange they are listed by the Bet365 Sportsbook as a +700 favorites to win the trophy, while just Brazil, Germany, and France have a bigger chance to finish on the top.
The Red Fury will start the journey with the clash against neighbors Portugal on June 15th, 2018, at Fisht Stadium in Sochi, and this will be probably the most interesting match of the group phase first round. Spain is listed as -110 favorites in this duel by the Bet365 Sportsbook, while they are massive -550 favorites in their second game of the tournament against Iran on June 2oth, 2018, at Kazan Arena in Kazan. The clash with Morocco is scheduled for June 25th, 2018, at Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, where the Red Fury is a -275 favorite, so you’ll need higher bets if you want to make a profit on Spaniards in the first round.
Winner: +700 at Bet365 Sportsbook
To Reach Semi-Finals: +137
To Reach Quarter-Finals: -163
Group Qualifying Yes/No: -1200 / +700
Group Phase Matches:
|Spain||Portugal||-110||+250||+300||+115 / -150|
|Spain||Morocco||-275||+375||+750||-106 / -118|
The Red Fury possess a lot of talent among the squad, and they will travel to Russia with two excellent players at every position in the team. Just look at these names – Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Pedro, Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa – all these players belong to the highest class, while some of them already have more than 100 caps for the national team.
Between the sticks we will probably see David de Gea (25 caps) from Manchester United who’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world in the last couple of years, while the centre-back duo Sergio Ramos (149 caps, 13 goals) and Gerard Pique (94 caps, 5 goals) will be the heart of the Red Fury’s defense. Andres Iniesta (123 caps, 14 goals) will orchestrate the play from the midfield along with David Silva (118 caps, 35 goals), who is a top goalscorer of this generation. However, there are also some young lions in the Spain team who could make a crucial contribution in Russia this summer, particularly the midfielders Marco Asensio (8 caps) and Isco (24 caps, 7 goals), both currently playing for Real Madrid.
In the front, Diego Costa (16 caps, 6 goals) and Alvaro Morata (23 caps, 13 goals) will fight for the place in the starting eleven, as the head coach Julen Lopetegui prefers a 4-5-1 formation which could be easily transformed to a 4-3-3 formation with one true striker in the box, while sometimes The Red Fury plays with David Silva as a false nine. Lopetegui can enjoy with all talented guys surrounding him, so we can always expect some interesting changes in the starting line up, depending on players current form.
The road to 2018 World Cup: Spain has finished on the top of the World Cup qualification UEFA Group G with a 9-1-0 record and a magnificent 36:3 goal difference, ahead of Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, and Liechtenstein. The only draw came against Italy on the road (1-1), while at home the Red Fury has recorded all five victories with a 22:1 goal difference, including a convincing 3:0 win against the Blues. Spain showed some remarkable displays in the last few years, and their defensive work looks probably better than ever, so be careful if you fancy betting on goals, as Spaniards prefer to keep the ball on their feet with their famous tiki-taka style of play, while they are usually satisfied with a couple of goals in rival’s net.
Gains: A lot of choices on the bench could be their secret weapon, while the Red Fury’s technique and skills with the ball on the feet are arguably the best in the world.
Shortcomings: Sometimes their tiki-taka style can be a sort of sterile, and on a few occasions we saw them struggling to find the net, as they just do not want to change the approach to the game.
Players to Watch: David Silva, Marco Asensio, Diego Costa, Sergio Ramos
Top Goalscorer: Alvaro Morata +2000, Diego Costa +3300 at Bet365 Sportsbook
MY PICK: Spain AH -1.5 vs. Morocco (+122) – while Iran possesses a solid and well-organized defense, I just don’t see how Morocco will oppose to the Red Fury’s brutal passing game. This will be the final match of the group phase, and probably a necessary win needed by Spain to secure the second round.
ADDITIONAL PICK: Spain vs. Iran Under 2.5 Goals (+100) – this clash reminds me of that tremendous game between Argentina and Iran four years ago in Brazil in the group stage, decided by Lionel Messi’s goal in the dying minutes of the second half (1:0). I expect to see Iran taking the same approach against the Red Fury, and I believe this will be an easy money if we don’t get a quick opener.
Against the Odds: Spain to lose in the Quarter-Finals (+300) – the bookmakers are expecting to see the Red Fury at least in the Quarter-Finals and if you check out the Bet365 Sportsbook, you’ll notice how low the odds are for this achievement. However, you can earn some money if Spain loses in the Round of 8, while the potential rivals in this stage of the tournament are, among others, Argentina and France.