The 2010 champions have underwhelmed in their last two major tournaments are back among the favourites to win the World Cup in Russia this July.
Spain World Cup Betting Markets
Stage of Elimination
- Group Stage @ $11
- Round of 16 @ $3.25
- Quarter Final @ $3.25
- Semi Final @ $5
- Runners Up @ $8.50
- Winners @ $7.00
Spain has been drawn in Group B with Portugal, Morocco, and Iran
Record vs Portugal – W: 18, D: 12, L: 6
Last Meeting – 27 June 2012: Spain def Portugal 4-2 on penalties (0-0 AET)
Record vs Morocco – W: 2, D: 0, L: 0
Last Meeting – 23 November 1961: Spain def Morocco 3-2
Record vs Iran – Never Played
Saturday 16 June – 4:00am– Spain vs Portugal
Thursday 21 June – 4:00am – Spain vs Iran
Tuesday 26 June – 4:00am – Spain vs Morocco
It is hard to argue with Spain being installed as favourites for their group and, with all due respect to Iran and Morocco, it will come down to getting off to a good start in that first game against Portugal.
Four years ago their campaign was torpedoed by a hammering from the Dutch in the opening game and Julen Lopetegui will need to ensure his team is firing from the get go.
If they show up and take care of business early they should be able to breeze through ahead of the knockout stages.
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World Cup History
Number of Appearances
14 – 1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Champions – 2010 (Defeated Netherlands 1-0 AET in the Final)
Match Record & Goals Tally
Played: 59, Won: 29, Drawn: 12, Lost: 18
Scored: 92, Conceded 66
2018 Qualifying Campaign
Made the World Cup by…
Spain finished on top of UEFA Qualifying Group G giving them direct passage through to Russia.
Qualifying Record & Goals Tally
Played: 10, Won: 9, Drawn: 1, Lost 0
Scored: 36, Conceded: 3
Story to Watch
This is a team laden with experience on club and international football’s biggest stages.
From league titles, cup finals and major tournaments these players will not be overawed by the occasion and will look to draw on the experience of those games to push them to title glory.
The problem is gaining that experience takes time and there are several players whose international careers are on their last legs.
Spain 2018 World Cup Squad
Pepe Reina, David de Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga
Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Avlaro Odriozola, Nacho Monreal, Cesar Azpilicueta
Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Saul Niguez, Koke, Isco, Marco Asensio, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva
Iago Aspas, Rodrigo, Diego Costa, Lucas Vazquez
That Spanish back five might be one of the strongest groups at the World Cup with Ramos and Pique marshalling the defence in front of David de Gea who was arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.
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It is an imposing squad for Spain but their out and out striking options do raise some concerns.
Diego Costa is coming off seven goals for Atletico Madrid since his January transfer but the midfielders will need to step up and pitch in as well.
Chelsea trio Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas were all left out of the squad after largely indifferent club seasons from all three.
Alonso’s exclusion is perhaps the harshest of the three based on his recent form, however Morata may be missed the most.
Operating out of that deep midfield position, Thiago will be critical to Spain’s success in Russia.
It will be on him to step up and start several attacking moves and get the ball to playmakers such as Andres Iniesta and Isco. If his influence is nullified then Spain will find it very hard to get things going.
Finishing on top of the group is critical for Spain this tournament as it should provide an easier draw in the Round of 16.
They are set up to be an excellent front running team but there are concerns about their ability to chase a game down.
PREDICION: QUARTER FINALISTS
Best Bet: Spain First and Portugal Second in Group B @ $2