Phil Kitromilides believes it is tough to pick out a Spanish player to get on the scoresheet and argues backing the Barcelona man at 13/5 to score offers serious value for punters
Prior to their opening game mauling at the hands of Netherlands, Spain's prinicpal weakness was scoring, and while the Dutch defeat exposed some other flaws, Vicente del Bosque's men will have to improve in front of goal if they are to stay in the tournament.
Diego Costa started the nightmare against the Netherlands but the Atletico Madrid forward has never really looked comfortable in the side and the coach may elect to start him on the bench this time.
Nevertheless, he leads the way in the scoring market, offered at 4/1 (5.00) to score first and at 21/20 (2.05) to net at anytime.
If Costa does not start Fernando Torres is likley to be his replacement should Del Bosque stick with playing a recognised centre forward, or if the false nine is deployed Cesc Fabregas is likely to come in.
Torres is offered at 6/4 (2.50) to score at any time with Fabregas available at a more tempting 11/5 (3.20) and the newest addition to Chelsea's squad looks like offering decent value along with the always dangerous Sergio Ramos who is offered at 13/2 (7.50) to score.
Chile, meanwhile, have repeatedly shown how dangerous they are going forward, qualifying as the second-top scorers in South America and putting three past Australia in their opening game.
European based Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are the stars of the side although there is enough skill spread throughout the starting XI to see goals come from anywhere.
Vargas and Alexis are both offered at 13/5 (3.60) to score at anytime, and for Alexis in particular that is a healthy price.
The Barcelona man scored with a sharp finish against Australia and has shown himself to be hugely capable of finding the back of the net against quality opposition, scoring twice against both England and Colombia in recent internationals.
Considering things logically, Alexis will be arguably the best forward on the pitch, therefore backing him at 13/5 (3.60) to find the back of the net could be a rewarding value bet.
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