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Spain v Germany Betting Preview

A heavyweight clash for this international friendly. It should be one of the highlights of midweek fixture list. Both of the giants have been a bit below par since the World Cup though and this one has a little added factor of each trying to prove to the other that they are still a force to be reckoned with. The last time they met was back at the 2010 World Cup as La Roja marched to the title. Can they bank a win over the current world champions?

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Spain v Germany Betting Tips

There is a bit of the feeling that the Spaniards are still in a bit of transition after their horrific World Cup 2014 campaign. They are making decent strikes towards Euro 2016 as expected, but they did suffer a shock loss against Slovakia in their qualifying group. A bad day at the office perhaps? Well it was their second loss in their last six matches played (W4) so there are vulnerabilities there clearly. They have won their last two matches played with a clean sheet in tow, but victories of Luxembourg and Belarus are expected to be routine.

From 21 previous encounters between Spain and Germany, the Spaniards trail 7-8. However, they are on a three match winning streak against the Germans and are edging this as favourites at the bookmakers. They are still packed with quality of course and have match winners in their ranks, the current team just looks as if they need a bit more time together. In the anytime goalscorer market Paco Alcacer is a 6/4 favourite, with Alvaro Morata at 2/1 behind him. Alcacer has scored in two of his last three internal appearances.

Since winning the World Cup in the summer, Germany have won just two of their five games. They are another of the European giants that are in transition as well, and their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign hasn’t really come to life. With a defeat in there against Poland, a draw against Ireland and hard-earned win over Scotland, Die Mannschaft are not quite at the peak of efficiency that they were in the summer. Even their 4-0 win over Gibraltar on the weekend, really wasn’t as good as you would have expected from them, punters having backed the Germans to potentially reach double figures in that one.

Like Spain, they are blessed with immense talent and Thomas Muller is always worth a shot in the anytime goalscorer market for a price of 2/1 with William Hill. Germany though have failed tos core in either of their last two matches against Spain though and just one in the last three meetings. Given the fact that they don’t look at their best at the moment, punters may just backing them for a victory in the game in Spain. There is enough firepower on both sides to suggest that the game is going to go over 2.5 goals though.

Spain v Germany Betting Odds

Spain 23/20, Germany 12/5, Draw 9/4

Spain v Germany Predictions

Neither are really on top form at the moment and both having been showing a bit of frailty at the back. Both will want to a prove a point in this one, but at the moment the Spaniards probably just shade it a little bit if you are shooting for a win. Reason enough though to bank on parity coming out of this one at the end of the day.

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17th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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France v Spain Betting Preview

Another big European friendly clash on Thursday night, as France and Spain come together. They were paired together in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers and the French pushed the Spaniards hard, but still came out second best. But with their respective performances at the finals, Les Bleus are running as 6/4 favourites with online betting site Bet Victor for this one, leaving Spain handing out an unfamiliar price of 2/1.

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France v Spain Betting Tips

The French were clearly the better of the two sides at the 2014 World Cup, with Spain embarrassingly crashing out in the group stage as defending champions. They played each other twice during World Cup qualification, with France losing 1-0 at home after taking a 1-1 draw out in Spain. So very tight margins between the two and would expect that to continue as well by backing the game to go under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/7 with online betting site Bet Victor. The last five meetings have all gone under the mark.

So how much value are France, considering that they haven’t won any of the last five games against the Spaniards. Quite a bit, despite that run of form. They will have more of the settled squad as Spain look to rebuild themselves after their World Cup humiliation. France will be without Olivier Giroud so it could be to new Chelsea man Loic Remy at 2/1 or Karim Benzema for the same price that punters will look to for value for the French to get on the scoresheet. Games like this are going to be important for France now, who won’t have competitive qualification matches as they are the hosts of Euro 2016. So Didier deschamps has to keep momentum going with friendly wins.

Where do Spain go after World Cup 2014? Vicente del Bosque has remained in his job, which is nice after all that he has done for them. Three is a much younger looking squad in attendance, with the likes of Xavi, Fernando Torres, David Villa and Xabi Alonso out of the picture. They still have an envious midfield, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Isco and Koke in there. It is to the youngsters that Spain really have to look now to fill the hole. They do still look a bit short up top, with just Pedro and Diego Costa being joined by the uncapped Paco Alcacer for this one. Costa, with his great early form for Chelsea, is a 2/1 shot in the anthem goalscorer market.

France v Spain Betting Odds

France 6/4, Spain 2/1, Draw 11/5

France v Spain Predictions

Punters have to be looking forward to this one, just to see what becomes of Spain. They really have to turn to their youngsters, and they could be there for the taking by France, as it could take some time for the new Spanish set up to come together. More than enough value on France to take the win at 6/4, but don’t expect Spain to give this game away, so it will probably be tight.

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2nd September 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Mesut Oezil (GER)

Well, Germany became the first European nation to win a World Cup in South America, and that followed Spain becoming the first European nation to win a World Cup outside of their own continent four years ago in South Africa. It is back to Europe in four years time as the biggest tournament in the world heads to Russia. Of course, with controversy running around the organisation of just about every World Cup that comes along, the market as to whether or not Russia will actually host it or not, will probably kick up over the next four years.

So, with a long four years to go until the World Cup 2018 betting kicks off, you can actually get some good ante post bets down on the outright winner market right now at online betting site Ladbrokes. Germany will be defending champions and after a good decade of investment in their youth and development, it all came to fruition at Brazil 2014 for them. Boss Joachim Low suggested that Germany can rule the world for years to come now as they have such a strong foundation in place.

They may well might and they are running as favourites to win the 2018 World Cup at a price of 5/1 with online betting site Ladbrokes. You can look at the main protagonists in the outright betting and see that the top four are the top four which were heading up the 2014 World Cup outright winner market. Argentina are running as 7/1 second favourites to go one better than 2014 and win the tournament, with Spain and Brazil as 8/1 shots.

France are trading at 10/1, followed by Italy, Holland and Belgium around the 16/1 mark and then comes England all the way out at 20/1 shots with Ladbrokes. That is the same price as hosts Russia, and Portugal, with Colombia trailing them at 22/1. Of course with qualification not starting for another couple of years you are taking long dark shots really behind that on teams currently trading at 50/1 or greater.

 


16th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Australia v Spain

Australia v Spain World Cup 2014, 23rd June Betting Preview

Well this is just going to be a dead rubber. Not many punters will have predicted that ahead of the tournament. Back to back defeats for both have left them floundering and it is Spain who go into this one needing a win to avoid the embarrassment of finishing bottom of the group. Can the Australians build on their hugely positive game against Holland?

Australia v Spain Betting Tips

This will be the first meeting between the two sides. Shame it is going to be a non-event. What usually happens in matches like this, is the squad gets utilised and you don’t see the strongest startling eleven. Spain, who have never lost all three matches in the group stage of the World Cup before, became the fifth reigning champions to be knocked out of the group stage at a World Cup. Their defence has fallen apart, not helped by keeper Iker Casillas not looking very sharp, and to sum it all up, Spain won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and conceded just six goals in all three tournaments. That is one less than they have suffered in their two games at Brazil 2014.

Vicente del Bosque will likely dump his old guard in this one and look to move forward and go out with a bang from his younger players. Spain just lacked clinical conviction in the final third and the experiment with Diego Costa didn’t work, the Atletico Madrid man just didn’t look to fit into the team at all, and he didn’t manage a shot on target against either Holland or Chile, and only produced five shots in total. It wasn’t impressive, but he is running as 4/5 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market. When they won the World Cup four years ago, they averaged 24 shots per game. They have produced just ten per game so far. It tells a tale, but it is their midfield and defensive collapses against Chile and Holland which has been the main cause of their decline.

Australia only need to grab themselves a draw in this one and they will avoid finishing bottom. They showed tremendous character against Holland, but they couldn’t hold onto their 2-1 lead, falling to a 3-2 defeat in the end. Still, they showed tremendous fight and that could go far against Spain. However, Australia will be without their main man Tim Cahill, who has scored five of Australia’s eleven World Cup goals. It was Cahill who produced one of the goals of the tournament against Holland. They may struggle up front without him though. They have after all only won one of their last seven World Cup match against European opponents.

Australia v Spain Betting Odds

Spain 2/5, Draw 4/1, Australia 6/1

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Australia v Spain Predictions

It’ll be interesting to watch, just to see if Del Bosque looks towards the next generation of Spanish football. Hopefully he does, because the old guard don’t have it any more. Australia, in missing Tim Cahill will likely struggle to finish any chances. So look for a Spanish win.


22nd June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Spain v Chile

Spain got absolutely trounced by Holland on Saturday. They started well enough but Holland gathered themselves superbly to put the defending champions to the sword in dramatic fashion. That kind of pummeling must have an affect and Vincente del Bosque will need every ounce of his experience to pick up his players again. He could make several changes to his starting XI, which from a Chilean point of view, could be perfect.

Chile began their 2014 campaign with a 1-0 win over Australia. Chile weren’t great and Australia threatened at times but the bones of a decent squad is definitely there. They’ll take heart from the trouncing imposed on Spain, realising that the Spanish are indeed human. It will give them hope, and coupled with the three points they’ve already got in the bag, they’ll walk out on the pitch on Wednesday with confidence.

Latest odds on Chile to beat Spain are 5/1

LATEST MATCH ODDS – Spain Spain v Chile Chile World Cup 2014

Spain     4/6

Draw     7/2

Chile 5/1

FIRST GOALSCORER

Diego Costa        9/2

Fernando Torres              6/1

David Villa           6/1 with William Hill

Pedro    7/1

Alexis Sanchez  9/1 with BET365

Cesc Fabregas   8/1

Eduardo Vargas 10/1

Esteban Paredes              11/1

 

CORRECT SCORE

Draw 1-1              8/1

Spain 2-1              8/1

Spain 1-0              17/2

Spain 2-0              17/2

Spain 3-1              12/1

Spain 3-0              12/1

Draw 0-0              16/1

Draw 2-2              16/1

Chile 2-1               18/1

Chile 1-0               22/1

 

TOTAL GOALS

Under 2.5            5/4

Over 2.5               4/6

 

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE

Yes         8/11

No          6/5

 

VERDICT: This game will be a test of how mentally strong Spain are. They were hammered on Saturday and del Bosque could make many changes for Wednesday’s clash with Chile. This might upset the balance in the squad and that kind of disruption could play into Chile’s hands. They will have taken heart from the fact that Spain were walloped, and they secured three points of their own against Australia which takes the pressure of somewhat. No-one expects Chile to turn spain over, but that doesn’t mean they can’t. Take a chance with both teams to score and for Chile to win 2-1. And wouldn’t Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez just love to put one past the country of his residence?


16th June 2014 / joe - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Spain v Chile

Spain v Chile World Cup 2014, 18th June Betting Preview

How will the current reigning world champions react to the hammering they suffered at the hands of Holland in their opening match? Not only do the Red Fury have to worry about picking up points now, but they have to take steps to make amends on their goal difference as well. Chile will be confident of potentially knocking Spain out of the tournament as they push on themselves towards qualification.

Spain v Chile Betting Tips

With Holland likely to beat Australia in the other group match in Group B, defeat for Spain would eliminate Vicente del Bosque’s men. The pressure is well and truly on now. However, Spain are undefeated in ten previous matches against the South Americans and will be hoping that that continues. Spain have won eight and drawn two of those previous match up. The Spaniards have also taken wins in the two matches in which they have played Chile at the World Cup. The most recent one of those meetings was four years ago, in which Spain won 2-1.

In their 5-1 loss against Holland, Spain conceded five goals in a World Cup match for just the second time in their history. What a massive blow it was to them, especially after opening the scoring. Diego Costa, who frankly looked out of place up front against Holland, is even money favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for this game, with Fernando Torres and David Villa at 7/4. If Spain need any confidence, then they can cast their minds back for years, as they lost their opener there but went on to win the World Cup. They have also not lost back to back international matches since October of 2006 either. Just to sum up how much of an anomaly that loss was against Netherlands, they conceded more goals in that match than they had done in their previous nine internationals.

But Spain have won just one of their last five internationals played a neutral venue, so will Chile have a chance. Chile are a good, brave side, with plenty to offer going forward, but are defensively vulnerable as we saw in their 3-1 win over Australia. Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez is their star man and he has been involved in seven of Chile’s last eight international goals (six assists, one goal). Sanchez is 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market. The Chileans have lost their two previous World Cup games against the defending champions, both occasions going up against Brazil. They will get their chances in this one.

Spain v Chile Betting Odds

Spain 4/6, Draw 3/1, Chile 4/1

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Spain v Chile Predictions

Will Chile face a Spanish backlash. It is probably not worth deserting the Spaniards just yet, although this is going to be a massive test of their resolve. The winless streak against the Spaniards doesn’t suggest that they will solve the Spanish conundrum and would lean towards the Spaniards doing something to rectify their situation.


16th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Arjen Robben (Holland)

Spain v Holland World Cup 2014, 13th June Betting Preview
This is the headline act on Friday as the two European nations clash in Group B. Someone has to hit the ground running here as defeat could be costly. The runner up in Group B is likely to face Brazil in the first knockout stage, so this isn’t a match either of these are going to want to lose.

Spain v Holland Betting Odds

Spain 5/6, Draw 9/4, Holland 4/1

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Spain v Holland Betting Tips:

This is a repeat of the final match of South Africa 2010 of course, when Andres Iniesta popped up for Spain to give them their first ever World Cup title. The Red Fury have been trading as one of the four strongest nations heading to Brazil 2014, but can they mount a serious title defence? Despite thoughts of them being an aging side, they are not. Most of their squad is still under thirty years old and they have a lot to offer. Their tika-taka football is going to wear down most opposition, and their superb tactics of pressing opposition high up the pitch is going to force sides into mistake. Having strung together a nice bit of winning form ahead of Brazil 2014, La Roja are being backed as odds on favourites to win this all European clash.

This one is at the Arena Fonte Nova and the natural style of the Spanish should see them get close to posting a win to nil at 8/5 for this one. Vicente del Bosque’s men have kept clean sheets in their last three matches, and four in their last six. They head to Brazil with wins over Italy, Bolivia and El Salvador. This could be a crunch match for them in Group B and a good test for them as they going looking for their fourth major title on the bounce. Diego costa is running at 5/4 favourite in the any time goalscorer market, with David Villa, Fernando Torres, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas at the 2/1 mark. Plenty of options there, and a lot of eyes will be on Costa to see how he copes with his first taste of competitive international football.

It will be in Holland’s best interest to keep tight and that could force the game under 2.5 goals for a price of 8/15. Louis van Gaal’s men posted some strange results in their build up, with draws against Colombia and Ecuador and a loss against France. They did respond in grinding out clean sheet wins over Ghana and Wales ahead of the World Cup, but they are lacking a cutting edge. They just don’t seem to be clicking or able to find top gear. There is so much pressure riding on this one for them, and Robin van Persie is 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. They’ll need his big input, because they have gone a bit goal-shy since qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Spain v Holland Head To Head
Not as much history between these as you would think. There have only been the nine previous matches, with honours even at four each. Their last match was back at the 2010 World Cup of course. Prior to that, Holland had won the two previous match (both friendlies) which just goes to show that Spain deliver when it counts.

Spain v Holland Predictions

Would get behind Spain to break down the Dutch and post a narrow win on the board and definitely keep under 2.5 goals. Just because Spain keep the ball so much, their defensive record is great and hard to see Holland getting expansive. Plenty enough value in just backing Spain outright here too for the win.

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Form (all competitions)
Spain WWLWWW, Holland DDLDWW

 


10th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Maracana (Brazil)

Along with popular World Cup prediction markets such as Name The Finalists, there is also some interesting wagers to weigh up in the to reach the World Cup final betting market. There are different ways to look at who is going to make it to the showcase final match on July 13th in Rio at the famous Maracana. The Name the Finalist market is the most popular of these and taking a look in there at the ante post prices, the shortest price option is a big South American clash of Brazil/Argentina, an option which is trading at 9/1 with William Hill.

Other options are Brazil/Spain, Argentina/Germany and then you get into unlikely territory of Brazil/Germany. The way to look at this is the separation of the sides in the knockout stage, if the favourites in their groups all prevail. If the big four of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain all win their groups, then they will separate out into Brazil and Germany in one half, with Argentina and Spain in the other. So they are the semi finals which are most likely to be on the cards, barring any upsets along the way of course.

So immediately you can see who the four favourites are to return value in the to reach the World Cup final betting market. This is the same in the outright winner market of course, where hosts Brazil are strong 3/1 favourites, followed Argentina and Germany at 5/1 and the reigning champions Spain all the way out at 7/1 to remain on top of the world. But if you want to get down to more specifics, then can you look at each of the individual 32 teams.

England for example are massive 16/1 shots to reach the final of Brazil 2014, France are at 9/1, while a lot of people’s favourite dark horse shots Belgium are trading at a price of 7/1 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are 12/1 shots to make it all the way to Rio on July 13th. They are some of the better priced options that punters will be looking to, while the individual odds on the big four are Germay at 9/4, Argentina at 5/2, Spain at 7/2 and Brazil at 6/4.

Pretty much there is some great value in backing any of the big guns in the to reach the World Cup final betting market.

 

For how long can England keep the fans interested at Brazil 2014?
Odds on England to win World Cup 2014

 

If you are a little unsure of just who would win out in the projected Brazil v Germany and Spain v Argentina semi final matches in World Cup 2014 betting, then you could take a dip into the to reach the semi final betting market. There Brazil and Argentina are heavy 5/6 favourites, with Germany at Even money and Spain at 11/8. This is where a dark horse shot may come in more, with France at 4/1 and the Netherlands, who could be the ones to disrupt Spain in the group stage, are at 9/2. Italy are 4/1 shots to make it to the final four, while England are 5/1 shots.

So naturally the best value is going to be found on the big guns in the field, the Brazil’s and Argentina’s of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Beyond that you are looking at the dark horse shots, those tempting propositions which you can sort of plot a route to the final for, but those who would also be punching above their weight a bit if they made it just to the final four. Fascinating options all around, but it is a World Cup 2014 betting market which offers a lot of positive value, even on the outright favourites.


24th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

World Cup 2014 Betting

The reigning champions are looking to remarkably win their fourth major international tournament on the bounce. They finally stopped being the underachievers of World football four years ago when they beat Holland in the final of World Cup 2010. Pretty much the same set up and the same players are going to be back in action for the Red Fury at Brazil 2014 and Spain to win World Cup 2014 odds have still been trading strongly around a price of 7/1 with online betting site Betfair.

So punters shouldn’t forget that this is a bunch of proven winners, they have the mentality and they have handled the pressure of a title defence back at Euro 2012. Will they be able to do it at the World Cup? The fact that even though they are not perceived to be as strong as they were four years ago when this golden generation were in their absolute prime, they have still been trading as one of the strongest four options in World Cup 2014 betting alongside Brazil, Argentina and Germany.

So it says a lot about their enduring qualities. They may not be as quick as they were four years ago, but that brilliant passing style of theirs is still there and they are still going to keep the ball away from opposition, and grind down and eat away at the patience and discipline of those which they come up against. Trading at the 7/1 mark they make for a pretty decent each way shot to get their hands on the title again.

This time around they could have a fantastic new addition to their ranks in Diego Costa, the Brazilian born Atletico Madrid striker who took Citizenship in Spain through residency. He is a goal-getter, a genuine hungry number nine and if he is fit, he could add a thrilling new dimension to the Spanish attack, but of course he is untested at competitive international level. That hasn’t stopped the bookmaker pricing up the prolific striker at 25/1 in the World Cup 2014 Top Goalscorer market.

Would it be foolish to write of the Spanish at this point? It probably would be because anything less than a final four spot would be a huge disappointment for them and a huge surprise for many punters. But it is all going to be about getting off to a strong start for them.

Group Stage
The Spanish will come up against a tricky challenger in World Cup Group B as they were drawn there alongside Holland. The two will square off in the group opener on Friday, June 13th and it could, straight out of the blocks be a group decider. Also occupying the group are Chile and rank outsiders Australia. Despite the hovering menace of the Netherlands, Spain are trading as strong 4/5 favourites with Betfair to win World Cup Group B and at 2/9 just to qualify.

There looks to be a huge necessity to win the group as well. Why? Because the runner up of Group B is probably going to have to face up to host nation Brazil in the round of sixteen and of course, no-one wants that. Spain were blown away in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup by Brazil at the Maracana in Rio and will certainly want to avoid the outright favourites until as late as possible.

Key Players
Having lost Victor Valdes, their number one keeper, it should throw Iker Casillas back into the limelight. He’s been a bit of a forgotten man at Real Madrid this season, so will Vicente del Bosque turn to him or throw the uncapped David De Gea into action? Remember that opener against the Netherlands is going to be crucial and it will likely be Casillas who is handed the starting spot and they will need him to be at his brilliant best.

Forget about Spain’s midfield getting old, there are some brilliant talents like Thiago Alcantara and Koke (aka the new Xavi) coming through the ranks. Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets is going to have to play an even bigger role this time because Xavi doesn’t have the legs and is going to need extra coverage from Busquets, the glue of the whole midfield which makes the likes of Iniesta, Alonso and Xavi tick.

Diego Costa. He is a wild card, because the 25 year old has not had a competitive international match under his belt. But if he can get integrated into the Spanish set up, and if he can do what he has done brilliantly for Atletico Madrid this season, his goals could be pivotal. You won’t find a harder working, hungrier striker at the World Cup than him.

Prediction
Their patient style should carry them far. They don’t need to run around chasing shadows because that is what they make opponents do. That is going to be their strengths under the Brazilian sun. Wouldn’t count Spain out of the picture and they are very decent 6/4 shot to make the semi finals with Betfair.


7th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Del Bosque (Spain)

Spain v Italy Betting Preview
England fans will probably wanting to have a look at this one, as they have to face up to Italy in their opening World Cup 2014 match. This should be a great game out in Spain against two European giants, and it’ll be just as interesting to see how Spain’s World Cup title defence preparations are going.

Spain v Italy Betting Odds at online bookmaker William Hill
Spain 8/15, Draw 3/1, Italy 5/1

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Spain v Italy Betting Tips:
The reigning World Champions had a pretty easy time of things in their Brazil 2014 qualification group. They topped the group with six wins and two draws in their group. Their nearest challenger was France, but a composed 1-0 win in Paris by Spain gave them the edge in the group. Spain’s ball retention does more than just grind down opposition, it also allows them to have a great defensive record, conceding just three goals throughout qualification. They weren’t particularly prolific in front of goal though, but that could all change with Brazilian-born Diego Costa choosing to play for Spain. Spain will likely have a very good look at the Atletico Madrid scoring sensation in the build up to the World Cup.

If they can get Costa scoring like he is in La Liga, then Spain will be an even stronger side, having a genuine number nine in their ranks. Costa is priced up at Even Money in the anytime goalscorer market for this one, his full international debut. Spain did lose their last match out, going down 1-0 in Johannesburg against South Africa back in November. That snapped a seven match unbeaten streak. That is just two defeats in their last 34 international matches, from back in November 2011. They met Italy last year in the Confederations Cup, taking a 7-6 penalty shoot out win in the semi finals after a 0-0 draw. Spain thumped Italy 4-0 of course in the Euro 2012 final.

Italy cruised their qualification group for the 2014 World Cup, with six wins and four draws in their ten games. They did have an easy group though, but they did put in some pretty efficient displays which should give some concern to England in the WOrld Cup. Italy are on a six match unbeaten run and have lost just two of their last ten (against Brazil and Argentina). However, they have taken six draws in those ten games, so not a prolific winning team. It could hint that they are backable for a draw and Both Teams To Score on Wednesday is priced at Even money. Mario Balotelli isn’t around for this one which leaves Pablo Daniel Osvaldo as a good 3/1 shot in the Anytime Goalscorer market.

Prediction
Italy are a pretty bold side and they are tough to beat, plus they generally try and take the game to Spain. Spain at home though are tough, and so would look over 2.5 goals for a price of 4/5 with William Hill.

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Form (all competitions)
Spain WDWWWL, Italy WWDDDD

Head To Head
There have been 28 matches played between these two sides and the tally stands at 8 wins each. That last meeting was out in Brazil for the Confederations Cup last year, and Italy were the better side in it. The Italians won the last international friendly between the two, in Bari in 2011.


5th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting










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