Spain’s World Cup 2014 challenge takes a blow as they lose number one keeper

2nd April 2014 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Spain’s World Cup title defence took a bit of blow this week as their number one shot stopper Victor Valdes picked up a long term injury. The Barcelona keeper injured his knee and is reportedly going to be out of action for seven months. So that has opened the door for someone to come in and take over the number one spot and Manchester United’s David de Gea is being backed to be that man, by some.

Former Spain number one Iker Casillas hasn’t been playing frequently for club Real Madrid this season, as Carlo Ancelotti has limited him to appearances in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. While he has been left out in the cold a bit domestically, he is vastly experienced between the sticks for his national side, and that could be a valuable factor for Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.

The other options at his disposal are Napoli’s Pepe Reina who has played a full season in Serie A and in European competition, the former Liverpool keeper has only appeared twice for his country since the start of 2013, so he is more likely to be a back up.

So that would leave David De Gea, who has been having a pretty good season at Old Trafford despite the deficiencies of the Manchester United team playing in front of him. While United have had their struggles this season, De Gea has continued to impress between the sticks. The youngster though has only been playing for the Spain U-21’s, putting in five matches for them since January 2014.

While he has had his admirers this season, to throw an uncapped starter into the lineup for a World Cup defence, especially in a tough opener against the Netherlands, may be too much of a risk for Spain. De Gea may not be ready yet and the reigning Champions may well turn to the experience of Casillas.

Spain are 4/5 favourites to win World Cup Group B ahead of Holland, Chile and Australia and the Red Fury are too priced at 7/1 with online betting site Paddy Power to win the 2014 World Cup.


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