Del Bosque ponders Torres inclusion: Spain Team and Betting News

5th July 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has the luxury of having no fresh injury concerns, nor does he have to contend with any suspensions. Gerard Pique, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets have all picked up a caution along the way to making the last-four of the competition but all three players will see their slates wiped clean due to this new FIFA ruling of wiping cautions away at the semi-final stage as to avoid anyone missing the final through suspension. In terms of injury news, defender Raul Albiol is in contention to start his first game of the finals after seemingly winning his fitness battle and could take his place in a defence which has conceded just two goals in these finals, keeping three cleans sheets en route to the semi-final.

All the talk before this exciting last-four meeting with Germany is the possibility of Fernando Torres starting the match on the bench, as the Liverpool striker has endured a difficult stay in South Africa so far and has yet to score his first goal of the tournament. Fernando Llorente, who looked especially lively and strong in possession when introduced in the second half against Portugal at the Round of 16 stage, could receive a rare start for Spain, although we shouldn’t forget that it was Torres who scored Spain’s winner in the European Championship final two years ago in Austria/Switzerland against Germany, thus proving he has the ability to break through the German rearguard and is a player for the biggest occasion despite not managing a single goal in Spain’s World Cup campaign, including the qualifiers.


Fernando Torres, should he start against Germany, is a best priced 13/2 with bWin to score the game’s first goal2/1 with PaddyPower to score anytime and grab his first goal in South Africa – but his striking partner, although he’s been deployed as a left-winger so far in the tournament, is likely to attract most of the market support, with David Villa accounting for five of Spain’s six goals and with the FIFA World Cup 2010 Golden Boot within his sights – now firm favourite at 1.57 with Totesport, looks a good bet to get on the scoresheet first at 9/2 with bWin. Andres Iniesta is the other, the only Spaniard other than David Villa, to have scored in these finals and is 14/1 to score first with Bet36511/2 to score anytime with ExtraBet (Not including extra-time).

Honduras are the only team in this tournament that Spain have despatched with a touch of ease and comfortability, beating the North Americans 2-0 via a David Villa brace. Their three other victories, including their two knock-out wins over Portugal (1-0) and Paraguay (1-0), have been by a one goal margin and Spain are 4.30 (10/3) to Win by 1 Goal on Wednesday with Bet365. You will have also noticed that their two knock-out wins have been by a 1-0 scoreline and Spain are 7/1 with 888Sport to emulate those two scorelines, while another ‘To NIL’ victory is priced at 4.30 (10/3) by Ladbrokes.

For the more straightforward and uncomplicated punter, Spain to win within normal time are 2.70 (17/10) with bWin and can be found at 1.95 (18/19) to qualify with the same firm.

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