Spain were victorious in 2010, however, they haven’t been as formidable in the last few years and they begin their Group E campaign at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. They take on Costa Rica who managed to finish eighth back in 2014 and are easily capable of surprise. They are always tend to be priced as outsiders in the World Cup betting odds, however, they should not be underestimated.
Luis Enrique is back in the hot-seat and he prefers to pick players who fit into his system. As a result, performances have been mixed. Nevertheless, they managed to win each of their last four qualifying matches and kept a clean sheet in every single one of those games. They will be looking to bounce back from a hugely underwhelming and chaotic round of 16 exit in Russia.
Costa Rica were one of the surprise packages at the 2014 World Cup and despite crashing out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage, they managed to avoid defeat throughout. They kept two clean sheets during the group stage and also kept the Netherlands off the scoresheet when they met in the final eight. They were also defensively savvy during the qualification period and managed to finish with a convincing 2-0 victory over the USA.
10Bet have priced Spain up as the favourites and given their squad depth and calibre of coach, it is unsurprising to see them at 1/4. It’s 21/5 with 888Sport for Costa Rica to take a share of the spoils.