Spain-Belarus Betting Preview: Why the hosts shoud win the first half easily

Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides expects La Roja to outclass their opponents in the first half on Friday night
World Champions Spain can book their place at next year's finals with a victory over Belarus on Friday evening and there is little reason to think that Vicente Del Bosque's side will fall at the final hurdle.

Indeed William Hill offer them at the extraordinary price of 1/25 (1.04) to record the victory, which gives punters an idea of how tough it will be to find any value in backing the hosts.

For the record Belarus are available at 25/1 (26.00) but Spain will win this game, it is just a matter of how many goals the will score. The draw is also a double figure quote, priced at 10/1 (11.0) by the same firm.

William Hill's headline offer for this match is Pedro to score anytime in a Spain win, priced at Even money (2.0). 

Although the home side should secure victory, backing the 26-year-old Barcelona forward to net in the process doesn't hold too much appeal as he has failed to find the net in his last six games for La Roja and hasn't been in prolific form domestically either.

La Roja to score four or more goals is offered at 23/20 (2.15) and looks to be one of the best options, in a market lacking much appeal. However for slightly bigger odds backing Spain to win the first half with a -1 goal handicap at 5/4 (2.25) could well be a shrewd bet.

There is a feeling here in Spain that the side are going to produce something special on Friday to qualify in style against weaker opposition, and the goal scoring credentials of La Roja cannot be questioned even if they have not always been prolific.

This selection paid out in the previous meeting last October, and against a side as intrinsically inferior as Belarus, Spain have a great chance of winning the first half by at least two goals and 5/4 (2.25) is a fair price.

Spain to win the first half (-1 goal handicap) 1pt stake at 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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