The reigning world and European champions start their Confederations Cup campaign against Oscar Tabarez's men and Jim Knight expects goals on Sunday eveningOne of the most potentially entertaining matches of the Confederations Cup takes place at Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova as Spain take on a Uruguay side, who are more than capable of challenging the market leaders.
La Roja are the second favourites for the tournament at 7/4 (2.80), just behind hosts Brazil in the betting and it would be a brave decision to back against the current World Cup and European Championship holders for glory but this game should prove a stiff test for Vicente del Bosque's side.
Question marks may remain over how exactly Spain will line-up, particularly in goal and attack, but they are overwhelming favourites to win the match at 4/7 (1.53) with bet365 for victory, a price that looks a little on the short side, even with this world-class squad.
Uruguay are 5/1 (6.0) outsiders to get their campaign off to a winning start, a result that would undoubtedly be a shock to the footballing community, despite the talent that Oscar Tabarez has available for this competition. A draw is priced at 14/5 (3.80) by bet365.
One bet which could prove profitable in this game is both teams to score. Spain's possession-based style is often too much for their opposition to handle meaning La Roja win games to nil but Uruguay boast a fearsome frontline of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan. This bet would have paid out in three of Spain's last five matches including a 3-1 win for the World champions against Uruguay in February.
With Cavani and Suarez both high profile transfer targets for some of Europe's top clubs this summer, they will be looking to make an impact and the South American side should have enough to worry the Spanish backline. Both teams to score is priced at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365.
Cavani is a 7/2 (4.50) chance to score anytime while the market is dominated by Spaniards including David Villa (6/5), Fernando Torres (13/10) and Juan Mata (2/1).
For the value bet, Liverpool's controversial frontman could prove profitable in the anytime goalscorer market. Priced at 13/5 (3.60) to score anytime, the 26-year-old, who should be fresh after missing the end of the domestic campaign, would appear to be a good outside bet in this match.
Despite missing a large proportion of the Premier League season through suspension Suarez still scored 23 league goals for his club and also found the net for his country in their recent game against France.
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|Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) with Bet365
||Luis Suarez to score anytime at 13/5 (3.60) with bet365
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