Spain is One of the favorites at the 2018 World Cup Betting Lines to Win

Posted by Eric Williams on Thursday,May 31, 2018 4:37, EDT in

If you’re thinking about taking the 2018 World Cup betting lines for Spain, then you should know that it’s all or nothing for the Spaniards this year, and that’s a good thing, seeing as how this team is absolutely loaded. Be sure to check MyBookie Sportsbook on a daily basis for any possible change in the odds.

2018 World Cup Betting Lines & Prediction for Spain

  • Captain: Sergio Ramos
  • Manager: Julen Lopetegui
  • Nickname: La Roja
  • FIFA Ranking: 6
  • 2018 World Cup Betting Lines to Win: +500

World Cup History

The Spanish international team was viewed as perennial underachievers on the world stage until they won it all in 2010, beating Netherlands with an extra-time goal in the final. Before then, their best effort was a fourth-place finish in 1950.

Spain was then considered one of the top favorites in Brazil 2014 but came up well short of their cup hopes by getting bounced out before the final group game after losing to Netherlands and Chile.

The loss against the Netherlands was extremely humbling with the Netherlands extracting some serious revenge for their prior 2010 World Cup final loss by smacking Spain senseless in their 5-1 win.

How they qualified

Spain went 9-0-1 in Europe’s Group G qualifying while scoring 36 goals and allowing just three. Their only ‘blemish’ was a 1-1 draw against an Italy team that failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, Isco and David Silva all scored an identical five goals in qualifying.

Julen Lopetegui also used the matches to incorporate new players like Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.

23-man final squad

  • David de Gea
  • Pepe Reina
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga
  • Jordi Alba
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Alvaro Odriozola
  • Nacho Fernandez
  • Dani Carvajal
  • Gerard Pique
  • Sergio Ramos
  • Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Isco
  • Thiago Alcantara
  • David Silva
  • Andres Iniesta
  • Saul Niguez
  • Koke
  • Marco Asensio
  • Iago Aspas
  • Diego Costa
  • Rodrigo Moreno
  • Lucas Vazquez

2018 World Cup Group B Schedule

June 15

  • Morocco vs. Iran
  • Portugal vs. Spain

June 20

  • Portugal vs. Morocco
  • Iran vs. Spain

June 25

  • Spain vs. Morocco
  • Iran vs. Portugal

The Outlook

The managerial change from Vicente del Bosque to Julen Lopetegui has apparently reinvigorated a Spanish international team that was apparently in need of some motivation after failing to defend their world title in 2014 and European crown in 2016.

Spain remains at the top of the 2018 World Cup Betting Lines.

Now, the team is loaded with a surplus of talented midfielders and forwards, plus David De Gea in goal and both, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique providing outstanding defensive coverage.

Spain will look to David Silva to get them going while getting the vast majority of their offensive attempts on goal from Alvaro Morata after he was very impressive at Chelsea and David Costa who is back on the pitch after several months of inactivity because of Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban at the start of January.

Another player the Spanish are expecting big things out of if attacking midfielder, Isco. Whatever Spain gets out of aging star Andres Iniesta will be a big plus after he scored the sole goal of the 2010 World Cup final to give Spain its World Cup title.