After a hugely disappointment showing Spain close with - in theory - their simplest group game and Phil Kitromilides believes they can win by two clear goals against AustraliaSunday night's clash in Curitiba is a dead rubber than nobody could have expected.
While Australia may have been prepared to reach their final group game having lost their opening two, few people awaited the fall from grace that has befallen the Spanish national side.
No defending champion had ever lost their opening two group games, but having suffered that ignominy and an early exit La Roja will be desperate to restore a modicum of pride with a win which is priced at 2/5 (1.40) with bet365.
Australia meanwhile, who it could be argued proved sterner tests for Chile and Netherlands than Spain did, are offered at 15/2 (8.50) with the draw available at 17/4 (5.25).
The damage is already done for Spain though and even a crushing victory will not alleviate the atmosphere of gloom currently engulfing the sporting pages of the country's press.
Having failed to score a goal from open play and having conceded seven in their two games contested, Vicente Del Bosque's problems have been well documented, yet Australia should give them chances in front of goal.
The Soccerroos have conceded six goals in their two matches and while they have given a decent account of themselves they been exposed at the back on more than one occasion.
The same of course could be said of Spain, but the theoretical quality of the Spain side is supremely superior to that of their Antipodean opponents.
bet365 offered Spain at 21/20 (2.05) to win by two goals or more and despite punters getting their fingers burned by backing Spain so far, this still looks like an excellent bet.
La Roja will want to bow out in style and against a side they are infinitely better than technically they should be able to win with a -1 handicap.
|Spain to win with a -1 goal handicap at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365