Indeed, such is the strength in depth that Spain possess that their Under-21s would be a match for most full national teams, with the likes of Isco, Cristian Tello, Iker Muniain and Thiago all talented beyond question.
It is hardly surprising them to find La Rojita priced at just 1/2 (1.50) to get off to a winning start, while Russia can be backed at at 5/1 (6.00).
While Spain have not played for a good few months, their last three matches have seen them net 14 goals.
Therefore, backing a high-scoring encounter against a Russian side who themselves are not shy in front of goal looks to be the way forward.
Over 2.5 goals is offered at 8/11 (1.73) and this looks a solid selection given the two teams on display.
This bet has paid out in five of Spain's last seven games and in four of Russia's last five.
For a value bet try backing Isco to open the scoring at 11/2 (6.50), with the man from Malaga having just enjoyed his best-ever scoring season and also netting three times in his last five matches for the Under-21s.
|Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill
||Isco to score first at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid