Macedonia vs Spain Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

10th June 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

While the Spaniards are likely to win this one, this is a match which is just about them keeping up their momentum in the group. They are top going into the next round of matches, but Italy are right there level on points with them. So even though Spain have a really easy group, they draw a tough opponent in Italy in a two-way battle for top spot. Spain have the ascendancy with a better goal difference but they won’t want to take their eye off the ball as they head out on the road to Macedonia on Sunday. Spain have won their last two visits there.

Macedonia vs Spain Odds

Spain 1/7, Draw 13/2, Macedonia 18/1

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Macedonia vs Spain Betting Tips

Can Macedonia pull off an upset in this one? Probably not, at least it is very unlikely. They have collected only three points from their qualification games so far and are a long, long way out of qualification. Their success came out on the road in an away win over Liechtenstein, beating them 3-0. So three of their seven goals in total they managed to score in that one game in the group. So they aren’t going to pose a major threat to Spain at all in this one and they have lost both of their other home games in the group, going down against Italy and Israel. To their credit though, both defeats were only by a one goal margin. Spain to win by a one goal margin at Bet365 is a price of 10/3 and looks decent value.

Spain have won their last two visits to Macedonia by a single goal margin. Macedonia have gone W2 D1 L3 in their last six games played and are unbeaten in their last three. They have actually collected a clean sheet in each of their last three games since they lost 4-0 against Spain in the World Cup qualifiers. So Macedonia are obvious underdogs here and that should afford Spain the chance to keep going strongly at the top of the group where they are level on points with Italy, but are ahead of the Azzurri on goal difference. Spain have posted a W4 D2 record in their last six games played. So they are carrying form.

From their five World Cup qualifiers so far in the group, they have netted 19 goals at an average of almost four per game. However, sixteen of those have been scored in their three home games, so things have been tighter from them on the road, where they drew 1-1 in Italy and beat Albania 2-0. So you can expect a low scoring game. In the bet365 correct score market a Spain 2-0 option is at 4/1 while the 1-0 win for them, which was the scoreline on their last visit there, is a price of 6/1. Diego Costa and Vitolo are joint top scorers for Spain so far in the group and they are 4/6 and 6/5 in the anytime goalscorer market respectively.

This should be a routine win for Spain at the end of the day, and they can take this with a clean sheet as well. Don’t look for goals as it will probably be tight and a Spain 1-0 win may have some big appeal.

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