Phil Kitromilides believes it will be a tight game on Thursday evening and explains why backing the draw at half time at 11/10 is the best option for punters looking to investSpain travel to France for a high profile friendy with plenty of new faces in Vicente Del Bosque's squad after a disappointing summer in Brazil.
The debacle of the World Cup coupled with the international retirements of the likes of David Villa, Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez means that the manager has freshened things up, bringing in Real Madrid's Isco, Athletic Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe and Paco Alcacer of Valenica.
There has been no such reveloution within the French squad with Didier Deschamps naming 20 of the 23 who reached the World Cup quarter finals.
That expected level of consistency as well as home advantage mean bet365 make France the favorites at 6/4 (2.50) while Spain are offered at 15/8 (2.87) and the draw is priced at 11/5 (3.20).
These two sides were paired together in qualifying for the aforementioned World Cup in Brazil and while Spain managed to win in France and draw 1-1 at home they were two extremely tight games, which make the match odds an extremely tough call to make for punters.
This is a new look Spain side and, while the word "transitional" may be a little extreme, it is certainly in a period of adjustment following their humbling on the biggest stage of all. It might take them a while to click, if they do at all.
The draw at half time looks like an excellent option and is priced at 11/10 (2.10). This bet paid out the last time these teams met in France and given that friendlies are often tough to call in other areas, especially between two sides who are evenly matched and know each other well, this selection would appear to be a sensible one for punters wanting to invest in what is one of the week's most highly anticipated friendly clashes.
|Draw Half Time at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365