Spain head over to Ecuador without its usual star-studded cast in an international friendly at 4pm EDT. Still, the reigning World and European champion is favoured by bookies.
If you're expecting to see the full wrath of Spain's roster in today's match against Ecuador, you're going to be disappointed. Many stars have been omitted from the squad, replaced by many players from the Spanish U21 side that won the Euro U21 tournament that are being offered a chance by Vincete Del Bosque to make a name for themselves.
Missing from the roster today will be midfield maestro Xavi, Chelsea star Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas, and top defender Gerard Pique. Still, With Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas, David Villa, and Sergio Ramos in the lineup, the Spaniards always present a threat with their vast depth.
They are listed by William Hill at odds of 1.80 to win outright, and I like that given their excellent performances which included a 23-game unbeaten run that ended at the Confederations Cup final against Brazil. Take a look at the Spain/Spain selection in the halftime/fulltime offering which is presently at 2.80.
The draw is listed at 3.75 also at the same firm.
The hosts are issued at 4.20 right now but won't have their usual altitude advantage as the game is not in Quito. They have performed well during World Cup qualifiers as they currently sit in third behind Colombia and Argentina but are winless in their last three matches coming in to tonight's tilt.
I very much like the over total goal picks here. The 2.5 is at 1.73 but the O3.5 is at 3.00. Consider the latter as Ecuador's last three friendly matches have produced at least five goals in each. Add to that Spain's loaded guns combining with some young and hungry players desperate to earn a spot on next year's World Cup team and that pick offers solid value.