Spain - Belarus Betting Preview: Why the hosts should win the first half easily

Our Spanish expert, Phil Kitromilides, expects La Roja to outclass their opponents in the opening 45 minutes on Friday night as they aim to book their place in Brazil
World champions Spain can book their place at next year's finals with a victory over Belarus on Friday evening and there is little reason to think that Vicente del Bosque's side will fall at the final hurdle.

Indeed, William Hill offer them at the extraordinary price of 1/25 (1.04) to record the victory, which gives punters an idea of how tough it will be to find any value in backing the hosts.

For the record, Belarus are available at 25/1 (26.00) but Spain will win this game; it is just a matter of how many goals they will score. The draw is also a double-figure quote, priced at 10/1 (11.0) by the same firm.

William Hill's headline offer for this match is Pedro to score anytime in a Spain win, priced at Even money (2.0). 

Although the home side should secure victory, backing the 26-year-old Barcelona forward to net in the process does not hold too much appeal as he has failed to find the net in his last six games for La Roja and has not been in prolific form domestically, either.

The hosts to score four or more goals is offered at 23/20 (2.15) and looks to be one of the best options in a market lacking much appeal. However, for slightly bigger odds backing Spain to win the first half with a -1 goal handicap at 5/4 (2.25) could well be a shrewd bet.

There is a feeling here in Spain that the side are going to produce something special on Friday to qualify in style against weaker opposition and La Roja's goalscoring credentials cannot be questioned even if they have not always been prolific.

This selection paid out in the previous meeting last October and, against a side as intrinsically inferior as Belarus, Spain have a great chance of winning the first half by at least two goals and 5/4 (2.25) is a fair price.

Spain to win the first half (-1 goal handicap) 1pt stake at 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid.

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