Apr 22, 2014
As reigning World Cup holders Spain enter the tournament under plenty of expectation, although they have shown they are a side who know how to get the job done on the world stage by winning this competition four years ago, followed up by a 4-0 thrashing of Italy to win the 2012 European Championships two years later.
Spain started slowly in the 2010 World Cup but they cannot afford to let that happen this time around, especially when they face the Netherlands in their opening World Cup match.
Vicory against the Dutch will have them well placed in this group with Chile and Australia to come.
Early 2014 World Cup odds have Spain at $8.00 to go back-to-back and they are $1.72 to win Group B.
Spain World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $8.00
Win Group B: $1.72
Qualify for next Round: $1.17
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $4.00
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Spain are clearly the best team in Group B and one would expect them to finish on top, and if they can do that, a Round of 16 match against either Mexico or Croatia awaits, assuming Brazil top Group A as expected.
The $8.00 about Spain winning the 2014 World Cup is worth considering, as is the $4.00 about making the final.
Group B Draw for Spain
Spain will face Australia, Chile and the Netherlands in Group B and they play their first match on Saturday 14th June 2014 against the Netherlands at 5am in the morning (Australian time).
|Sat 14 Jun||Spain||vs||Holland||5am||Salvador||Bet now|
|Thu 19 Jun||Spain||vs||Chile||5am||Rio De Janiero||Bet now|
|Tue 24 Jun||Australia||vs||Spain||2am||Curitiba||Bet now|
Spain World Cup Squad
The Spain World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Defenders: Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Daniel Carvajal and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Alberto Moreno ( Sevilla)
Midfielders: Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Fabreagas (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso ( Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Thiago Alcantara ( Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City)
Forwards: Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Pedro (Barcelona), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Juventus)
Head coach for the Spain World Cup squad is Vicente del Bosque and team captain is Iker Casillas.
World Cup players to watch for Spain
Bareclona’s Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal against the Netherlands to win the 2010 World Cup for Spain in South Africa and duly won the man-of-the-match in the biggest game of them all.
Iniesta is a big-time player who excels on the world stage, as evidenced once again when named man-of-the-match in the 4-0 victory against Italy in the EURO 2012 final.
Experienced midfielder Xavi Hernandez may be getting on in years but his passing & free-kick ability are first class and invaluable for his country, while former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas can make his presence felt if given the opportunity.
The emergence of Brazilian born Diego Costa can only be good for Spain and his adopted country.
Visit our Group B page for more information on teams competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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