World Cup: Spain Preview
Spain has the best odds to win Group E as well as the World Cup and it is not hard to see why with the dynamic offense that they have.
Spain is in Group H with Chile, Switzerland, and Honduras.
has Spain at +400 to win the World Cup and at -400 to win Group H.
The Spanish will be major favorites to win every group match, but they have not done well when playing in the World Cup. This summer they will be playing in their 13th World Cup, but their best showing was way back in 1950 when they made the quarterfinals.
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They were recently passed by Brazil for FIFA’s top ranked team in the world, but the Spanish are ready to go far this summer in South Africa and have the squad to do so.
Interesting fact that Spain is the only team be ranked #1 in the world without winning the World Cup.
Spain is the major favorite to win Group H, which is not the strongest group in the field, as Chile is the only other team ranked in the top 20 in the world and they are ranked 15th. The Spanish easily qualified for the World Cup and were one of only five European teams that went undefeated in the qualification process.
The strength of Spain is definitely their offense led by the world-class players of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, David Villa, David Silva, and Fernando Torres. Torres is battling a minor injury and even though he is one of the best strikers in the world if he misses time Spain may not miss a beat.
Spain is not great at defending set pieces and through balls and since they are such an attacking squad they have to watch out for counter-attacks. They also have struggled in the past against very physical teams that slow down the play. If the do not get an early lead or they get frustrated they will have a tough time winning the match.
Vicente Del Bosque took the helm of Spain right after they won the European Championships in 2008 and he is a coach that lets his players play and they respect that.
Spain will be the big favorites in all of their group matches, but they have to be wary of Chile, who also has a great offense.
Spain World Cup Schedule
6/16/2010 Spain vs. Switzerland
6/21/2010 Spain vs. Honduras
6/25/2010 Chile vs. Spain