After a hugely disappointing showing, Spain close with - in theory - their simplest group game and Phil Kitromilides believes they can win by two clear goals against AustraliaSunday night's clash in Curitiba is a dead rubber nobody could have expected. While Australia may have been prepared to have reached their final group game having lost their opening two, few people predicted the fall from grace that has befallen the Spanish national side.
No defending champion had ever lost their opening two group games, but having suffered that ignominy and an early exit, La Roja will be desperate to restore a modicum of pride with a win, which is priced at 2/5 (1.40) with bet365.
Australia meanwhile, who it could be argued have proved sterner tests for the Chile and Holland than Spain could manage, are offered at 15/2 (8.50) and the draw available at 17/4 (5.25).
The damage is already done for Spain though and even a crushing victory will not alleviate the atmosphere of gloom currently engulfing the sporting pages of the country's press.
Having failed to score a goal from open play and conceded seven in the two games contested, Vicente Del Bosque's problems have been well documented, yet Australia should give them chances in front of goal.
The Socceroos have conceded six goals in their two matches played so far and while they have given a decent account of themselves they have been exposed at the back on more than one occasion.
The same of course could be said of Spain but the theoretical quality of the Spain side is supremely superior to that of their Antipodean opponents.
bet365 offered Spain at 21/20 (2.05) to win by two goals or more and despite punters getting their fingers burnt by backing Spain so far, this still look like an excellent bet.
La Roja will want to bow out in style and, against a side they are infinitely better than technically, they should be able to win with a -1 handicap.
|Spain to win with a -1 goal handicap at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365