Spain v Morocco (Monday 25th June, 7pm a off) - World cup betting preview

Spain face the poisoned chalice of a side that have nothing to play for in their final World Cup game. Will that result in a tame approach from the Moroccans, or will they throw caution to the wind and give us a good game in Kaliningrad?

My head says the former. Morocco tend to favour a defence-first style that makes them hard to beat, but they will certainly go down as one of the best ever World Cup teams to finish their group on zero points. The Atlas Lions should have beaten Iran in their opener, while they were unfortunate to lose to Portugal in their second game. Spain won’t be denied here, as they need a convincing win in order to secure top spot in Group B. You can back the Spanish on a -1 handicap at odds of even-money with Coral.

That said, the Spain defence has looked very shaky in both of their World Cup games so far. David de Gea was at fault for one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals in their 3-3 draw with Portugal, while the backline was on the ropes in the final stages of their unconvincing 1-0 victory over Iran. Morocco haven’t found the back of the net so far in this tournament, but if you fancy them to break their duck and make the Spanish sweat you can back both teams scoring at 11/8 with Betfair.

Both teams scoring dramatically boosts the odds of a Spain win from a bland 1/3 to a spicy 12/5. It’s definitely something to think about, as Spain need goals in order to swing goal difference in their favour in the battle for top spot in Group B, which would see them face second place in Group A. Spain to score three goals pays around 18/5 with Hills.

The only consistent source of Spanish goals in the World Cup so far has been through Atletico Madrid man Diego Costa, and he is probably the way to go if you’re looking for a slightly meatier price on the Spain victory. Jump on the William Hill odds-boosted special on him to score anytime in a Spain victory while you can, because odds of 11/10 won’t be around for long.

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