Arch rivals Spain and Portugal battle for a quarter finals ticket – Betting picks
Posted on June 29, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
At the beginning of the World Cup 2010, Spain was bookmakers’ favorite to lift the trophy by 9/2 (5.50). Their first game on the groups’ stage was a disaster as they suffered a surprising defeat from Switzerland. However, the team managed to overcome the sudden shock as they managed to achieve two victories over Honduras (2-0) and Chile (1-0). On the other hand, Portugal secured two goalless draws against Brazil and Ivory Coast while they prevailed by the most emphatic way over Korea DPR by 7-0 score! The fact is the Spain doesn’t persuade us so far that is the mighty power that lifted the European Cup back at 2008 despite the fact that the team is exactly the same. On the other hand, Portugal demonstrated a solid high class football game especially against the superpower Brazil where they had the chances to secure even a victory. One thing is certain; this will be an exciting game from the moment a team manages to score a goal.
Spain is coming to this game without any injury problems and head coach Vicente Del Bosque most likely will deploy the following starting line-up: Casillas(GK), Ramos, Puyol, Pique, Capdevila, Xavi, Alinso, Busquets, Iniesta, Villa and Torres on a 4-4-2 formation which changes to 4-3-1-2 when the teams holds the ball. On the other hand, Portugal’s manager Carlos Queiroz most likely will deploy the following squad: Eduardo(GK), Ferreira, Carvalho, Alves, Coentrao, Tiago, Pepe, Meireles, Deco, Simao and Ronaldo on a 4-3-2-1 formation which changes to 4-3-3 when the team holds the ball.
The online sports books offer Spain’s win at 11/10 (2.10), the draw at 2/1 (3.00) while Portugal’s win at 3/1 (4.00). The Over / Under 2.5 Goals bet odds are set to 13/10 (2.30) / 4/7 (1.57) while on the correct score bet market first choice is Spain’s win by 1-0 5/1 (6.00) followed by the draw of 1-1 11/2 (6.50) while Portugal’s win by 1-0 and the goalless draw share the same betting odds by 7/1 (8.00). Prediction: Spain certainly posses the quality to overcome the obstacle of Portugal but in order to do so they need to perform much better than they did so far. On the other hand, Portugal will not give up so easily and most likely they will play as they did against Brazil. Our betting pick for this game is the draw.
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