Spain’s chances in 2022 World Cup
| by Yunchu Li
Qatar 2022: What bets to make for Spain?
Spain commence their 2022 World Cup journey in a tough group also featuring Germany, Japan and Costa Rica. Despite the country being away from the glory days of the three consecutive trophies in 2008, 2010 and 2012, they have been revitalised under coach Luis Enrique and could be set for a revival. They impressed in Euro 2021, being beaten in the semi-finals against holders Italy and only after penalties, and this experience could have served as a learning curve for the Spanish squad, which is desperate for a return to the good times of the 2010s.
With regards to how they qualified, Spain looked like they had it all to do when they drew with Greece and lost to Sweden in the opening matches of the group. However, with the Swedes failing to take advantage of these mishaps, Enrique’s side regained control of the group and managed to secure automatic qualification for the 2022 tournament. It is not often that the Iberian coast side misses out on the big international occasion. In fact, they have not done so since 1974, with Qatar being the twelfth successive tournament that they will grace with their appearance. They have however won the coveted trophy just once, in 2010, and have only made it to the semi-finals twice, showcasing that they often lack character in the big games.
Concerning the Spanish squad, it is one of the best in the tournament, with promising stars, experienced stalwarts and adequate back up for every position. Deservedly at the centre of the spotlight for the Spanish squad is youngster and Barcelona ace Pedri, who despite being just 19 years of age, has impressed with his durability and creative spark, shining both with Barcelona these past two seasons as well as in the Euro 2021, also winning last year’s Golden Boy award. Besides Pedri, Spain possess talent and explosiveness in attack. The Barcelona duo of Adama Traore, who is now eligible to play for La Furia Roja, and Ferran Torres, already know each other from their season at the Blaugrana and could pose trouble for rival defences. Another crucial aspect that will make or break Spain’s chances is the chemistry of their midfield. Possessing some of the best holding and central midfielders in the world, in the likes of Manchester City’s Rodri, Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara and Atletico Madrid’s Koke, Spain will have great chances to reach far into the competition if they manage to find their rhythm and add calm and composure to their game. There will also be great competition between the goalposts, with Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon, Manchester United’s David De Gea and Brighton’s Robert Sanchez all competing for the number 1 spot, yet the United ace gathering more chances due to his experience.
Schedule for Spain in 2022 World Cup
Being a part of Group E, La Furia Roja began their World Cup Journey against Costa Rica, before facing off against Germany and subsequently Japan. In a group that Spain should be expected to progress from, it is ultimately the game against Flick’s Germany that should determine who clinches top spot from the group.
Their full schedule is as follows:
- Wednesday, November 23rd - 19:00 Spain v Costa Rica - Al Thumama Stadium
- Sunday, November 27th - 22:00 Spain v Germany - Al Bayt Stadium
- Thursday, December 1st - 22:00 Japan v Spain - Khalifa International Stadium
How to get Spain on your side at the 2022 Qatar World Cup
You can get Spain on your side as the World Cup Winner at odds of 8/1 on Bet365 and 888 Sport, with most bookmakers hovering around that price. Spain are in fact the fourth favourite in the odds, only behind Brazil, England and France and ahead of Argentina, Germany and Belgium. While Spain is a strong side with an elite coach and some of the world’s brightest stars on its side, it does not possess neither the winning mentality nor the experience that the French and Brazilian squads possess and we believe that they could just fall short once again. However, betting on Spain to reach the semi-finals is a solid value bet, was confirmed in Euro 2021 and could be a winner once again, with the country having a relatively straightforward path should they top their group. This bet is offered at odds of 15/8 on Bet365.
When it comes to group-related picks, the Group of Death that Spain was drawn in offers an opportunity for a bet which is related to the Group of the winner. With both Germany and Spain being traditional powers who are expected to challenge for the trophy, betting on Group E to produce the World Cup Winner (meaning either Germany or Spain or any of the other two teams in the group lift it), is offered at odds of 4/1 at Bet365. Another potential bet is Spain to win the group, which is offered at 5/6 at Bet365, and could be a value pick with Spain possessing more experience than a younger Germany side and could come out on top and get the more favourable draw.
When it comes to the goal scorer markets, the lack of a recognised and in form striker should deter most punters from picking one from the Spanish side. Ferran Tores could be an option for those believing in his finishing ability, with Paddy Power offering odds of 25/1 for him to top the goal scorer charts, yet it is highly unlikely given the fact that the likes of Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema are also contenders.
Finally, with regards to individual matches, only the odds against Costa Rica are out, with odds of 1/4 in most bookmakers not proving particularly enticing for bettors. However, backing Spain to prevail in the crunch clash with Germany should offer much more attractive odds.
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