Spain – Spain V Belgium

2nd September 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

Spain

 

 

Spain manager, Vicente Del Bosque, has guided his country to an immaculate record in qualifying, winning all six of their qualifiers thus far and, in the process, has put Spain within touching distance of a trip to South Africa for the World Cup finals next summer. Their group (5), did posses a few potential banana skins for the Spanish but they’ve brushed a-side all their opponents as they aim to qualify for the World Cup in style.

 

Vicente Del Bosque hasn’t made too many changes to his squad since their 3-3 draw with Macedonia in a friendly last month, with Villarreal’s Marcos Senna the only new face joining the squad, although the defensive midfielder is a veteran in the Spanish ranks at 33 years-of-age, with 26 caps to his name.

 

Spain have been ‘efficient’ shall we say in their attempt to make the finals. Several of their victories have been by a narrow margin with the normally prolific Spainish frontline only managing to register 13 goals in qualifying. However, their defence has certainly made up for their below par form in front of goal by conceding just the two goals. It should be noted though that one of those two goals did come against Belgium, with Spain recording a 1-2 victory away in Belgium last year.

 

Vicente Del Bosque will surely have done the maths ahead of their first of two qualifiers in as many days. They face Belgium on Saturday night, and a win for Spain would see them guarentee at least a second place finish. Moreover, were second placed Bosnia to slip up away at Armenia, Spain would then almost be assured of a berth into South Africa due to their vastly superior goal difference.

 

With all this in mind, you would fancy the Spaniards to be extra motivated as early qualification would allow for the first team to have a welcomed rest from competitive internationals and allow the manager to experiment a little and try out some of the young blood currently in the Spanish grapevine.

 

Spain Squad:

 

Goalkeepers – Iker Casillas, Jose Reina, Deigo Lopez

Defenders – Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa, Joan Capdevilla, Carlos Marchena, Ignacio Monreal, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol

Midfielders – Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, David Silva, Juan Mata, Albert Riera, Marcos Senna

Attackers – Daniel Guiza, Fernando Torres, David Villa

 

 

 

Spain V Belgium – Saturday 6th August 21:00 GMT

  

 

Spain should be far too strong for a weak Belgian side. The Spaniards secured a vital win over the Belgians on Belgian soil last year so it’s hard to see Dick Advocat’s Belgium getting anywhere near to stealing any points away from a classy Spain.

 

With the absence of Iniesta through injury, Xavi & Alonso will be given the task of controlling the tempo of the game and dictating the Spanish attacks. Both Fernando Torres & David Villa have been prolific for Spain and against a Belgian side which has kept just one clean sheet in six qualifiers, Spain, and, more clinically, their forwards, should prosper.

 

We mustn’t forget that Spain will have to cope without the added width given by Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid fullback will miss this qualifier with Belgium through injury but Alvaro Arbeloa should be the more likely replacement and he did actually impress in his very first outing for his new club; Real Madrid, against La Coruna at the weekend, getting forward on half-a-dozen occasions, whipping in some decent crosses. He can be found wanting at times though when on the backfoot but he should be just as big a threat when going forward as Ramos would.

 

Cesc Fabregas probably won’t feature too much after missing Arsenal’s weekend defeat at Old Trafford, while Santi Cazorla could start down the left after an immense start to his season although, Vicente Del Bosque does tend to prefer Liverpool winger, Albert Riera, down the left wing.

  

The Belgians have struggled throughout qualifying and have got themselves into a very sticky situation. Dick Advocat has been recently appointed to change Belgium’s fortunes as Belgium aim to claw back the five point deficit between them and second placed Bosnia. With just four games to go, only a win will do for Belgium but that does look extremely unlikely, 14/1 in fact with Bet365.

 

 

Match Odds:

 

Spain – 1/5 Boylesports

Belgium – 14/1 Bet365

Draw – 21/4 Expekt

 

 

Matt’s Tip: Spain to Win to NIL – 4/6 888Sport

 



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