Spain find themselves in unchartered territory in qualifying currently, with the European Champions not occupying the top spot in the group. After a disastrous World Cup campaign, Spain have had a shaky start to Euro 2016 qualifying, losing 2-1 to Slovakia in October. Despite this, the reigning European Champions are among the early favourites to win again in 2016 with the bookies and become the first country in the competitions history to win three in a row.
Who Will Win?
Spain’s blip may be worrying by their standards, but it will do little to fill the hopes of a Belarus team who will consider anything other than heavy defeat a success when they visit Spain on Saturday. In all truth, there isn’t much value in the match winner markets, so steer clear of them if you’re looking for a lucrative bet in this game. Belarus are leaking goals at the back, while Spain are scoring at will, despite their slip up in Slovakia so a comfortable Spanish win seems the only plausible outcome here.
To maximise value from the winner of this match, back a Spain HT/FT win with Ladbrokes at 7/20.
Will There Be Goals?
With Spain expected to play their usual possession game, Belarus will be starved of the ball and territorial advantage in this game and if truth be told, they lack the necessary attacking nous to catch Spain out on the counter. If the goals are to come, expect them to come for the home team, with Spain not short of players to stick the ball in the net. Spain have averaged over 3 goals per game so far during qualification and they are 1/2 to score 3 or more goals again on Saturday with Betfair.
Belarus have only scored twice during qualification so far and the emphasis will be on keeping out the Spanish attack. With the majority of the game being played in their half, the Spanish goal should go virtually unchallenged which makes Spain to win to nil at 2/5 with Paddy Power a decent bet.
Who Will Score?
With David Villa retiring at the end of the World Cup and Diego Costa not in the squad, the opportunity is there for a young forward to stand up and lead the line. Paco Alcacer has been the young star to establish his place in the team so far following a period of transitions after the World Cup. The Valencia striker has scored in every qualifying game so far and will be trusted to lead the attack again on Saturday. The odds on Alcacer continuing his scoring run are in his favour, with the 21 year old 5/7 to score anytime with 888Sport.