Spain-Finland Betting Preview: Back David Villa to open the scoring for La Roja

Our expert in Spain, Phil Kitromilides, is backing David Villa to score first against Finland and also thinks Sergio Ramos could get on the score sheet on his 100th cap
This season has been used to host matches in the second tier of the Spanish game, but there is no doubting that Sporting Gijon's El Molinon stadium is a ground worthy of international football.

The first ever Spain fixture to be held in the Asturian city sees the world and European champions take on Finland and Vicente del Bosque's all conquering all-stars are priced at just 1/16 (1.062) by Bet365 for the win. For the record Finland can be backed at 20/1 (21.00) while the draw is offered at 12/1 (13.00).

Much like when either Real Madrid or Barcelona face vastly inferior opposition at home, finding any value in backing Spain can be tricky.

Even backing a home win in the half-time/full-time market is offered at a scarcely appetising 2/7 (1.29). Instead then, it might be worth delving into the goalscorer markets and backing David Villa to find the back of the net.

The most successful goalscorer in the history of the Spanish national side will without doubt start up front, his place in the starting XI even more assured given Fernando Torres' omission, and can be backed at 2/5 (1.40) to score at any time.

However, more universally appealing odds can be found in backing him to score first at 12/5 (3.40), a bet that looks solid given Villa's talent and form.

'El Guaje' has scored eight league goals despite having started just 12 Barcelona league games this season. He has found the back of the net in each of his last two games and surely has a fantastic chance to open the scoring against Finland.

For a value bet back Sergio Ramos to score at anytime at 9/2 (5.50) with the Real Madrid defender being in decent scoring form this season, he is also keen to mark his 100th cap with a goal.

David Villa to score first at 12/5 (3.40) with Bet365
Sergio Ramos to score at any time at 9/2 (5.50) with Bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports anchor working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.