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Merrybet Preview: Spain – Italy: Except both sides to score

8:40 AM GMT 01/09/2017
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With top spot at stake, the two giants will come on all guns blazing on Saturday night

European heavyweights Spain and Italy go head to head in Group G of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at the Santiago Bernabeu in what is set to be a battle for top spot.

La Roja are ahead of their opponents but only on goal difference with five wins and a draw. They have also scored more and conceded less than their opponents and all these could count for a vital home win at odds of (1.70) with Merrybet.

The Azzuri have equally been impressive in Group G with very little to separate them and their opponents and with a complete squad at Gian Piero Ventura’s disposal, Italy are ready to go for the win which the same firm quotes at (4.65).

Both sides play out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture and punters looking towards this outcome can back it at (3.20) while (5.50) for a repeat score line.

Spain have bagged 21 goals in this round of qualifiers while Italy have netted 18 times. Both teams have lethal firepower and we can expect to see goal action at each end of the pitch at odds of (2.10).

The 2010 World champions are unbeaten in their last seven home games. A double chance at (1.15) with Merrybet swings in their favour.

David Villa came out of international retirement to be recalled for the first time since 2014. The former Barcelona man has been red hot in Major League soccer with Ney York City FC and is tipped to score anytime at odds of (2.35).

Andrea Belotti has kicked off the new Serie A season from where he left off last term and has also been in form in his recent outings with the Azzuri. Ventura will hope he can deliver the goods by scoring anytime at (3.40) with Merrybet.