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Spain 2018 World Cup Odds

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While Spain might be a different side than when they won the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 Euros, they are still a threat to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as a new head coach and some blossoming superstars look to complement a (mostly) familiar spine that has been there, done everything already.

Spain was extremely disappointing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as it failed to get out of the group stage and was almost as underwhelming at Euro 2016 after losing 2-0 to Italy in the Round of 16.

The decorated Vicente del Bosque stepped away from his duties after France 2016 and made way for Julen Lopetegui, formerly of Portuguese giants Porto and the U21 Spain side. The 51-year-old Basque is untested in major international tournaments at the senior level but won 11 of 11 matches in charge of Spain’s U21s from 2012 to 2014.

Even though it is essentially a new era of soccer in Spain, a great mix of talent young and old is set to descend on Russia and the side still has the ability to win the whole thing this summer.

Speaking of that…

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Spain’s odds to win World Cup: +600

Online shop Bovada is offering Spain at +600 to win the 2018 World Cup, placing them third on the oddsboard behind only Germany (+450) and Brazil (+450).

At the time of publication, we don’t know the full 23-man squad, but we know that the likes of Sergio Ramos, Andrés Iniesta, David Silva, David de Gea, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Piqué will be patrolling pitches in Russia. Throw in the next generation of Spanish football like Isco, Marco Asensio and Saúl and you’ve still got world-class stars ready to carry the La Roja torch.

Winning the World Cup is clearly no easy feat, but a group that should be easy to qualify from (more on that in a second) and a potentially winnable Round of 16 matchup – should they win Group B – makes their early fixtures in the tournament very favorable.

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Spain’s Odds to win Group B: -200

Spain is in a very top-heavy group with only Portugal appearing to pose any sort of threat. The other two sides, Morocco and Iran, are certainly winnable fixtures so a six-point haul from this group stage is the absolute minimum that Lopetegui will expect.

As stated, however, this is a team that was ousted from the group stage after getting thumped by the Netherlands 5-1 and losing 2-0 to Chile in Brazil 2014. Oh, and neither of those teams made it to Russia 2018, so there’s that.

The fixture that will tell us everything is the clash with Portugal on June 15. This is certainly a candidate for a draw, but Spain has won four of the previous five meetings with its Iberian neighbor with the other result being a draw.

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Spain’s Best World Cup Bets

There are plenty of intriguing betting options out there for Spain: Diego Costa is +3300 to be the top goal scorer and they are +135 to reach the semifinal, for example. You’ll find plenty of great options following La Roja for the summer.

As stated, the opener against Portugal is going to be their trickiest group stage matchup, but one of the better bets as it stands right now is a parlay for their other two Group B matches.

Sure, you can bet each game on its own but with Spain currently anywhere from -550 to -700 for their second game against Iran and anywhere from -275 to -315 for their finale against Morocco, I quite like a parlay here.

Yes, it’s still chalky but considering the potential for a draw against Portugal to start things and with longer odds on tournament props carrying risk, a tidy $100 wager will net you a unit and a half (or thereabouts) including stake.

Not the sexiest pick by any stretch, but this feels like a good way to inflate the bankroll a bit in the group stage.

Spain’s Player to watch: Isco

With Spain’s dominance on the global stage going through somewhat of a rebuild, Isco looks to be the “next one” in a revolving door of midfielders that has seen the likes of Xavi and Iniesta dominate throughout the years.

Real Madrid’s diminutive magician will look to put his stamp on the senior squad at the World Cup and he has the talent, acumen and technique to be one of the tournament’s best players.

If Spain is to make a deep run in Russia, several players will have to really make their presence felt: de Gea between the sticks, Silva, Piqué, etc., but Isco could be the one pulling the strings in the middle of the park and ceremoniously taking the reins from the great Andrés Iniesta.

With odds of +2000 to win the Golden Ball (for the World Cup’s best player), Isco is a very reasonable bet in this market. He’s been capped 27 times but has 10 goals already, more than striker Costa (seven) and almost as many as Álvaro Morata (13).

In eight games played during Spain’s World Cup qualification campaign, Isco bagged five goals and dished out a pair of assists and was at the peak of his powers in a 3-0 masterclass against Italy.

Spain’s Road to Russia

Spain won nine games and drew one in 10 Group G matches to get here, scoring a whopping 36 goals (only Germany and Belgium scored more in UEFA) and conceding just three times. Now, take those numbers with a grain of salt since UEFA groups always feature minnows like Liechtenstein but it was a great path to the World Cup nonetheless.

Italy’s qualification troubles were well documented (it’s a shame the Azzurri aren’t here) but you can’t argue the results. Spain had a job to do, especially after the disappointing results in 2014 and Euro 2016, and they got it done.

New manager and some new faces in the XI, but don’t expect Spain to fizzle out like they did in Brazil. The +600 odds are justified here and Spain could very well be lifting its second World Cup trophy.

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Spain’s 2018 World Cup Squad
NumberPlayerPositionClubCaps
-Pepe ReinaGKNapoli36
-David de GeaGKManchester United27
-Kepa ArrizabalagaGKAthletic Bilbao1
-Sergio RamosDEFReal Madrid151
-Gerard PiquéDEFBarcelona96
-Jordi AlbaDEFBarcelona60
-César AzpilicuetaDEFChelsea21
-Nacho MonrealDEFArsenal21
-Dani CarvajalDEFReal Madrid15
-NachoDEFReal Madrid15
-Álvaro OdriozolaDEFReal Sociedad2
-Andrés IniestaMIDBarcelona102
-David SilvaMIDManchester City119
-Sergio BusquetsMIDBarcelona102
-KokeMIDAtlético Madrid38
-IscoMIDReal Madrid27
-ThiagoMIDBayern Munich27
-Marco AsensioMIDReal Madrid10
-Saúl ÑiguezMIDAtlético Madrid9
-Diego CostaFWDAtlético Madrid18
-Iago AspasFWDCelta Vigo8
-Lucas VázquezFWDReal Madrid5
-Rodrigo MorenoFWDValencia4

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