Spain’s World Cup chances

Spain’s World Cup chances

Spain is about to start its World Cup adventure in a couple of weeks. Spain will be looking to emulate its 2010 success when the team won the World Cup in South Africa thanks to a late goal from Andreas Iniesta against the Netherlands. The hunt for another World Cup success for Spain will start in the group stages where Spain is going to face reigning European Champions Portugal, Morocco and Iran. Spanish fans looking forward to a Spain triumph at the World Cup can place their bets at several casinos online offering World Cup betting marketing.

Group stage matches

Several bookmakers are tipping Spain to qualify from its group stage featuring Portugal, Morocco and Iran. Of all the four teams, Spain and Portugal are the big favourites to proceed to the last 16 according to sportsbooks. On paper, this is so considering that Morocco has not performed at the world stage in many years and Iran does not possess the same quality as the other three teams.

However, when it comes to a game of football, what may seem easy on paper may not be so easy on the pitch. Spain, therefore, will need to be wary of all the three teams in the group. Portugal showed that they have the determination to compete against technically better teams during its run in the last UEFA Euro tournament in France where it beat the hosts to lift its first European trophy. Unknown Morocco also poses a big threat as it has shown that it can play as a collective unit and is difficult to break down. Iran, on the other hand, is the weakest team in the group and Spain by all accounts will be expected to win in that match.

How deep Spain can go

 With almost everyone convinced that Spain will finish at least in the second position in its group, therefore, qualifying for the next round, the big question among punters and fans is how deep Spain can go in this year’s World Cup. It’s difficult to predict if Spain is going to win the World Cup but what is guaranteed, considering its World Cup squad is that it will reach the semi-final stage.

Key players

Every team that wins the World Cup needs one or two of its players to stand out. In 2010 when Spain lifted its first World Cup, Andreas Iniesta was the star man befittingly so scoring the winning goal in the final. Andreas Iniesta is in the Spain squad for this upcoming World Cup but is not likely to be the main man considering his age, he may be the voice of reason in the dressing room but on the field of play, other names will need to come to the fore. Such names include David De Gea and Sergio Ramos.

Upfront whether with a proven goal scorer or not, Spain will not be bothered that much, it is the defence that will worry manager Julen Lopetegui. However, if David De Gea can repeat the heroics he did in the just ended season with Manchester United when he claimed the Golden Glove, then Spain does have a real chance of reaching at least the semi-final stage.