Back-to-back defeats mean Luis Milla's men are playing for pride against Morocco, but Adam Bate is not expecting too many fireworks from Juan Mata and the rest
When Luis Milla's side lost their group opener to Japan - with Inigo Martinez being sent off - there was considerable shock, but the expectation was that the Spaniards would still reach the quarter-final stage.
After all, Spain had lost their first game at the 2010 World Cup and drawn at this summer's Euros. But they followed that defeat up with another 1-0 reverse to Honduras and found themselves eliminated.
As a result, they are playing merely to salvage pride against Morocco – a team also facing an early exit unless they win and the result in the other Group D match goes their way.
Spain are 4/7 (1.57) with Bet365 to take something positive from this tournament and pick up three points here.
Morocco are 9/2 (5.5) outsiders to become the third team to beat the Spanish in the space of a week. The draw is available with Bet365 at 3/1 (4.0).
In the goalscorer markets, Adrian Lopez of Atletico Madrid is the favourite to open the scoring despite drawing a blank in the first two matches. He is at 9/2 (5.5).
But a better price might be Iker Muniain. Like Adrian, he was also a little unlucky to miss out on the Euro 2012 squad and was ignored for the group opener here too. He is 17/2 (9.5) with Bet365 to score first.
A long-shot pick for Spain is Ander Herrera – not least because he has been left out of the starting line-up for the first two games.
Milla will surely make changes here so 14/1 (15.0) for Ander is a good price.
Among the Morocco squad, the stand-out player is young attacking midfielder Zakaria Labyad who moved from PSV to Sporting Lisbon earlier this summer.
He completed the scoring in Morocco's first game and is 14/1 (15.0) to net first in this one. That is a good value bet for a player who reached double figures for PSV last season.
Spain appeared both angry and deflated after their defeat to Honduras and, while they were unfortunate, 1-0 defeats are always a possibility when so wedded to the patient tiki-taka approach.
There is every chance we will see Spain stifled again in this one and for that reason backing under 2.5 goals at evens (2.0) looks to be the pick of the bets here.
|Under 2.5 goals at evens (2.0) with Bet365
||Labyad to score first at 14/1 (15.0) with Bet365
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