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Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides thinks La Rojita should have no problems against an uninspired Mexico team and is backing them to be ahead at half time and full time

Arguably the pick of the last-16 ties at the Under-20 World Cup sees Spain take on Mexico in Istanbul with La Rojita the clear favourites.

Three wins out of three saw Julen Lopetegui's side progress to the knockout stages as group winners and Bet365 offer them at 1/2 (1.50) to overcome their opponents from Latin America.

Mexico for their part came into the tournament as one of the most fancied outfits, having claimed the world title at Under-17 level two years previously.

Yet they have struggled to impose themselves so far and having suffered defeats to Greece and Paraguay are only in the last 16 courtesy of being one of the best third placed teams. Mexico are offered at 5/1 (6.00) with the draw available at 10/3 (4.33).
 
Anything other than a Spain win would constitute a serious surprise though. With Real Madrid striker Jese Rodriguez in sparkling form and the defence looking solid, La Rojita have the talent and balance in the side needed to go all the way in the tournament.

Once they get in front Spain are exceedingly tough to break down, and have shown themselves to be extremely capable of defending leads. Backing them to lead at half time/full time is therefore a great option and the price of 13/10 (2.30) is generous.

This bet has paid out in each of their three matches so far, and with Mexico failing to keep a clean sheet, Spain should have enough to comfortably get passed them.
 
For higher odds backing a 2-0 win for Spain looks a decent option for a smaller stake at 13/2 (7.50).

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Spain half time/full time at 13/10 (2.30) with Bet365
Spain to win 2-0 at 13/2 (7.50) with bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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