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Our Spain expert Phil Kitromilides believes that these two sides will offer plenty of attacking and thinks at least two goals will be scored in the opening 45 minutes

In Spain there is a somewhat hyperbolic tendency to use the words "a final" to describe a game of significance.

After a their 5-1 humbling in their opening fixture of the tournament, the World Cup showpiece seems a long way off, but their second group game against Chile has indeed become one such final.

Anything other than a win will almost certainly see the defending champions eliminated at the group stage, adding an element of pressure to what would already have been one of the most attractive games of the tournament.

After their opening 3-1 success over Australia the Chileans are offered at 9/2 (5.50) by Paddy Power to record a win over Spain and it is worth remembering that the South Americans came within seconds of beating the world champions in a friendly back in the winter, before conceding in injury time to draw 2-2.

And that is the thing with Chile: they score, but they also concede, as their first group game against Australia demonstrated. Spain, therefore, will undoubtedly have plenty of chances to get the win they need which is priced at 8/13 (1.62).

Indeed, that price for Spain has come in a little over the last few days as Vicente del Bosque's players speak of how focused they are on getting back to winning ways.

It might attract some attention as will the selection of both teams to score despite odds of just 4/7 (1.57).

But for our purposes the price of 5/4 (2.20) for over 1.5 goals in the first half looks to offer much more attractive value.

These two sides are both more than capable of scoring, yet both looked defensively shaky (admittedly to varying degrees) in their respective opening matches.

A high-tempo start from Spain is vital, while Chile can be lethal on the counterattack, making a high-scoring opening 45 minutes look likely and a solid bet at 5/4 (2.20) in what should be an enthralling contest.

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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