Spain have been one of the most successful International Teams of the 21st Century, winning an unprecedented hat-trick of major tournaments with the 2008 European Championships, the 2010 World Cup, and the 2012 European Championships.
However, after unbelievably failing to qualify from their group at the 2014 World Cup in Rio, they only finished second in their group at the 2016 Euros. They then paid the price for that lacklustre performance as, whilst an easier passage awaited the top team, they played and lost to Italy in the last-16.
Since then, they have taken no prisoners with 9 wins and a draw in 2018 World Cup Qualifying, but the opposition was largely poor, with the exception of second-placed Italy who themselves exited at the play-off stage.
Therefore, how far will Spain will go at the 2018 World Cup?
Spain Stage Of Elimination at the 2018 World Cup Betting Guide
Group Stage 7/1, Last-16 11/4, Quarter-Finals 10/3, Semi-Finals 9/2, Runner-Up 6/1, Winner 7/1
Spain have been drawn in Group B at the 2018 World Cup Finals, a group that comprises Portugal, Morocco and Iran.
The Spaniards have a world-class goalkeeper in David De Gea, whilst the experience of Pique and Ramos should help keep things tight at the back if staying fit. There’s also a wealth of talent in mid-field. However, it remains to be seen as to whether coach Julen Lopetegui can get the best out of Diego Costa up front, or turn Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata into a tournament winner.
Portugal look the biggest threat to Spain topping their group, and Christiano Ronaldo now has a Euros 2016 Winner’s Medal to go with an absurd amount of talent and confidence. However, as Portugal won the 2016 Euros despite an early injury to Ronaldo in the final, they’re not just a one- man band.
Meanwhile, Morocco may not have been at the World Cup for 20-years, but in Nabil Dirar they do have a midfielder who was instrumental in helping Monaco win the title in France last season. Coach Herve Renard has also added balance, and they have both a solid enough defence, and enough pace in attack, to trouble anyone on a good day.
Iran have also been talking a confident game, with coach Carlos Queiroz convinced he has a team capable of causing an upset and making the knockout stages. His confidence has substance too, as Iran were the first Asian team to qualify for the finals, and kept 9 clean-sheets in the process. They’ll probably need young striker Sardar Azmoun to get amongst the goals, but he has the potential to do so.
There’s no doubt that Spain have class players in every position but, after two poor performances at the last two big tournaments, there’s a doubt as to where their goals will come from against better teams. However, class should see them through to the knockout stages. As ever, it’s a lottery after that, but I get the feeling one of the other big teams will outscore them at some point. They exited the World Cup at the Quarter-Final Stage in 1934, 1986, 1994 and 2002 – and the 10/3 they do so again may offer some value.
Spain 2018 World Cup Betting: To Be Eliminated At The Quarter-Finals @ 10/3 BetVictor