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Spain World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

13:01 SAST 2018/05/28
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The former World champions will be looking to retain the crown that they relinquished in Brazil but face a tricky group that also includes Portugal

Spain are expected to challenge for more international honours in Russia this summer by the bookmakers.

Julen Lopetegui was able to leave out the likes of Alvaro Morata, Ander Herrera and Hector Bellerin as plenty of Premier League stars were overlooked in the final 23-man squad.

Group B also contains Poirgual, with the prospect of an all-Iberian clash arguably the most enticing clash of the first round of matches.

2018 World Cup Qualification

Imperious in qualification, Spain dropped just two points from a possible 30 in a group that included Italy and Albania.

Perhaps as impressive as their tally of 36 goals - which was no doubt aided by two matches against Liechtemstein - was the three goals conceded during the campaign.

Those 36 strikes were well spread throughout the squad though with Isco and Diego Costa both tied for leading scorer on five strikes each.

World Cup History

The 2010 World Cup winners crashed out in the group stage four years ago in Brazil. That brought to an end a period of international dominance that also included back-to-back European Championships.

The latest odds suggest that there's a fair chance that Spain will be one of the main contenders this summer.

2018 World Cup Squad

GK DEF MID ST
David De Gea Dani Carvajal Sergio Busquets Iago Aspas
Pepe Reina Sergio Ramos Koke Rodrigo
Kepa Nacho Saúl Diego Costa
  Jordi Alba Thiago  
  Gerard Pique David Silva  
  Nacho Monreal Isco  
  Cesar Azpilicueta Marco Asensio  
  Odriozola Lucas Vázquez  

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
To win the World Cup 11/2 (6.50)
To make the World Cup final 16/5 (4.20)
To win Group B 4/9 (1.44)
To qualify from Group B 1/16 (1.06)
To be the top European team 7/2 (4.50)