Spain is looking for lost glory after the complete failure that was the tournament in Brazil all while trying to revive a team that has so much potential. The majority of their iconic players retired and Del Bosque is refurbishing the team with new blood, players that can and will make a difference. Against Slovakia, Spain looks forward to recording their second win in a row in this qualification campaign, which clashes with Slovakia’s plans of doing the same.
The hosts come from a well-deserved win against Ukraine, where they kept a clean sheet, and win their fourth match in a series of five consecutive ones. Jan Kozak believes his team has the weapons to produce a resounding upset and tips Marek Hamsik to score, at 4.50 odds with William Hill as an anytime goalscorer. Slovakia has never qualified for the European tournament, but their recent form gives a lot of hope. They are extremely dangerous on counter attacks, and Spain’s pressure game needs to be extremely strong on the wings.
Spain has called Valencia’s Rodrigo and Bayern Munich’s Juan Bernat for the first time to the big team, where he has impressed in every match he played so far. Diego Costa has also made the squad despite the fact that Mourinho has asked the Spanish football federation to give the player time to rest. Sergio Ramos has left the training camp with a reported injury still to be assessed and Marc Bartra was called up to replace him. Fabregas, Cazorla, Costa and Pique have all trained separately, but are in no danger to miss the match against Slovakia.
Spain are considered the favorites to win this match, and despite whatever happening in their domestic leagues, Koke and David Silva are two stars tipped to help Paco Alcacer winning this match. William Hill gives Spain 1.45 odds for an outright win, Slovakia to win outright has 12.00 odds, a draw has 5.50 odds and both teams to score 2.20 odds. The headline offers for the match are: Hamsik to score and Slovakia to win at 12.00, and Diego Costa to score and Spain to win at 2.50. Paco Alcacer has 2.05 odds to score anytime, David Silva 2.80 odds, which is the market we’re going to bet 8 units on and Koke 4.50. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 2.75 odds and Spain to lead at half time at 1.85 odds, while the first goal to be scored in the first 15 minutes has 3.40 odds.
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