Georgia - Spain Betting Preview: Why second-half goals look likely for La Roja

Trying to find value in backing the World champions is tricky, but our Spanish football expert Phil Kitromilides has picked out an even money tip for their clash with Georgia
Spain's quest to retain the title they won in South Africa two years ago begins with a trip to Tbilisi to face Georgia, and it is perhaps a testament to the legendary status La Roja are rapidly acquiring that the reigning World and double European champions are priced at just 1/10 (1.10) with Paddy Power to claim a victory.

An unlikely home win meanwhile can be backed at 16/1 (17.00) and the draw is offered at 15/2 (8.50) but Spain will win this match, the question is by what margin.

While the price on an outright Spain win is so small as to be practically unbackable, there is still value to be found in backing La Roja in some other markets, with the price of 8/11 (1.73) on Vicente del Bosque's side to win to nil looking extremely tempting.

Also worthy of serious consideration is the price of evens (2.00) on Spain to score two or more goals in the second half.

This bet has paid out in two of their previous three games, including in their last match against Saudi Arabia, and despite it being a friendly with a 2-0 half time lead all but guaranteeing a win, the Spanish did not let up and went on to score three more goals.

It is this hunger and desire to succeed always which has seen them reach the very top, meaning that even if the first half sees Spain secure a lead, there will be no let up in the second 45 minutes.

This looks like the selection providing the best value for serious investment, with punters doubling their money should it prove successful.

Those looking for greater returns from smaller investment should consider backing a 3-0 win for Spain at 9/1 (10.00). A comfortable win to nil looks extremely likely and 3-0 seems as good a bet as any.

Spain to score at least twice in the second half at evens (2.00) with Paddy Power
Spain to win 3-0 at 9/1 (10.00) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.