Spain – World Cup 2018 – Betting

Spain

Eight years ago at South Africa 2010, Spain lived up to their top billing. After winning the European Championships two years prior, they went and delivered the World Cup title as well. After a big misfire four years ago in Brazil though, Spain are looking pretty close to potentially being back on top of the world.

Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)

Spain Group Stage

Is Spain clicking into gear at the right time to make an assault on the 2018 World Cup? They may very well be. After their title defence in 2014 was shockingly ended in the group stage and with an early round of sixteen exit at Euro 2016 to Italy behind them, Spain looks once more to be in control of their own destiny. Since that defeat against the Italians in Paris, the Spaniards are undefeated at the time of writing in early April 2018. So that’s some form. They got the better of Italy in their World Cup qualification group and then in March 2018 threw themselves into some heavy friendly action.

They played out a 1-1 draw with Germany, easily matching the World Champions on the night and then turned around to hammer Argentina 6-1 in a tremendous show of force. It was only a friendly and the Albiceleste didn’t have Lionel Messi or Sergio Aguero playing, but still. It was an impressive show by Spain and they look back to their best with the ball at their feet and superb passing to opening up defences. In the group stage in Russia they will have really only one tough test.

They open their account against Portugal and if the Spaniards win that, and they are 10/11 odds on favourites at bet365* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 7:05 p.m.) to do so, then they should be on cruise control from there as they go on to face Morocco and Iran. That will be important because it could mean that they get a chance to rotate their squad a bit and stay fresh. They are going to be a threat in Russia.

Spain Stage of Elimination Odds

Where will Spain’s campaign come to an end if it is not in the final? Well the bookmakers have them at 11/4 odds* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 7:05 p.m.) to go home at the round of sixteen, but La Roja won’t get too difficult of game there, either against Uruguay, Russia or Egypt and you would imagine that they could handle themselves there. The quarter finals could see them go against Argentina in a worst case scenario sort of deal, but the Albiecesle are not in any remarkable form.

So a semi-final exit at 9/2 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 7:05 p.m.) does make for a decent proposition while they are 6/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 7:05 p.m.) to finish runners-up. The thing about Spain is their two toughest opponents in the top half of the draw are France and Argentina and so they would avoid Germany and Brazil along the way and that would only boost their chances of following up on their 2010 success.

World Cup Record

Spain landed the World Cup for the first time in 2010 living up to their label as favourites. They delivered with great aplomb despite actually losing their opening game at Switzerland. They never looked back from that moment. They had a shocking exit in 2014 in the group stage and Russia 2018 will be their eleventh consecutive World cup appearance. Their first ever was back in 1934 when they finished fifth. Spain’s overall World Cup record is W29 D12 L18.

Spain Prediction

A place in the final would confirm that they are back to their very best. They are getting the best out of their youngsters like Marco Asensio, Isco and they have such a good defence, a world class keeper in David de Gea and an enviable spattering of experienced players like David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. They have Diego Costa to mix it up if they need to go a little more direct too. Still, a threat and they can reach the final.

 



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