Spain-Tahiti Betting Preview: Why backing Pedro to get on the scoresheet makes sense

Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides is backing the Barcelona forward to continue his fine recent international scoring run
The pacific island of Tahiti is not a place which one readily associates with a particularly high standard of international football.

Indeed their presence at this edition of the Confederations Cup seems a little incongruous given the footballing heritage of the other participants, and they will take part in a match which could be the most one-sided in the relatively short history of this competition.

Their opponents, Spain, are priced at 1/200 (1.00) with Paddy Power to claim the win, and having seen Tahiti concede six times in their last game against Nigeria, La Roja could have every chance of reaching double figures tonight.

For what it is worth, the Polynesians are offered at 50/1 (51.00) with the draw offered at 20/1 (21.00).
It is of course almost impossible finding any value at all in backing the World Champions against a side ranked 137 places below them.

Even backing what would normally be considered a high scoring game at over 5.5 goals is offered at just 1/10 (1.10).

So it is to the goal scorers market where we must look for any odds that are remotely backable, and the price of 4/5 (1.80) for Pedro to score two or more looks to be of interest.
The man from Tenerife has an excellent scoring record at international level netting nine times in his last nine games for Spain, including in the previous match against Uruguay.

He also has the habit of scoring two or more goals, something he has done on four occasions in the last year for Vicente del Bosque's team.
For a value bet back him to open the scoring at 7/2 (4.50) which given the calibre of the opposition looks a decent price.

Furthermore when the Barcelona forward scores for Spain he tends to open the scoring with four of his last five scoring appearances seeing him net first.

Pedro to score two or more at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
Pedro to score first at 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a football journalist and TV presenter in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.