The dominant force in world football – both at club and international level thanks to a core of Real Madrid and Barcelona players – but question marks can be raised over tired legs and minds. Spain turned out at Euro 2008, the Confederations Cup in 2009, the World Cup in 2010 on top of extended runs at club level. Luckily they have plenty of options in midfield should Del Bosque wish to rotate, but could miss the cutting edge usually provided by David Villa.
- 100% record in qualifying but unlike World Cup success, struggled for clean sheets (3 including 2 vs Liechtenstein)
- One defeat in 40 competitive games
- Top scorers at Euro 2008, although missing David Villa was golden boot winner
UK Club Comparison
Manchester United: The experienced manager, a team that knows how to win and an inevitable challenge forthcoming, but will they find the right squad balance with some key players missing?
Any Other Business
Vicente Del Bosque faces a conundrum replacing his star striker David Villa, with Fernando Torres yet to rediscover his best form, Fernando Llorente requiring a change of style and Alvaro Negredo lacking experience. Worth avoiding the Spanish in the Top Goalscorer market.
Group C Straight Forecast, Spain-Croatia is 4/1 with Totesport and Betfred.