Spain - Republic of Ireland Betting Preview: Red hot favourites set for cruise in final Confederations Cup warm-up

Vicente Del Bosque's men are unbeaten in their last 20 matches and Willie Duncan expects La Roja to extend that record in fine style by defeating Giovanni Trappatoni's men here
World and European champions Spain complete their preparations for the Confederations Cup when they take on Republic of Ireland at Yankee Stadium in New York City in an international friendly match.

Vicente Del Bosque’s men ran out as 2-1 winners against Haiti at the weekend and they are chalked up as red hot favourites at 2/7 (1.29) with Bet365 to follow up with victory over Ireland here.

Giovanni Trappatoni’s men cruised to an emphatic 3-0 victory over minnows Faroe Islands on Friday evening in their bid to reach World Cup 2014 but this clash represents a significant step up in class and the Irish are available at a chunky 12/1 (13.0) with Bet365 to claim victory. The draw is available at 15/4 (4.75) with the same firm.

La Roja are undefeated in their last 20 international matches and have only failed to hit the target once in that time while Ireland have scored 10 goals in their last four games so it comes as little surprise to see Bet365 offering just 4/7 (1.57) that this meeting offers up three or more goals.

However, should the goals fail to flow, punters should take note of the generous offer that will see Bet365 refund all pre-match bets placed on the correct score, half-time/full-time and scorecast markets should the match end 0-0.

Spain crushed Ireland 4-0 when these two sides met at last summer’s European Championships and, with that result in mind, the 4/5 (1.80) quote for Spain (-1) in Bet365’s handicap market is hugely appealing here.

Those expecting a comprehensive victory for Del Bosque’s men may be tempted by the juicy 2/1 (3.0) quote from the same firm for Spain (-2) in the handicap betting.

A repeat of last summer’s scoreline is chalked up at a chunky 12/1 (13.0) by Bet365 and while that is sure to attract some support, punters are advised to expect La Roja to take a more moderate approach to this clash.

Subsequently, it is the 6/1 (7.0) quote from the same firm for a 2-0 Spanish victory that offers best value here.

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Spain (-1) at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365
Spain to win 2-0 at 6/1 (7.0) with bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter