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World Cup Betting – Favorites From Spain Open Up Against Swiss

Alexander Frei and Hakan YakinWorld Cup betting odds have given the nod to Spain as the favorites for the big tournament in South Africa, and they will kick off their quest for their first World Cup in Group H with a match against Switzerland, who will be extremely cautious when approaching the Spanish.

Spain Switzerland Betting – Wednesday, June 16, 10:00 AM ET

Spain, the reigning European champions from 2008, is as deep as anyone in the tournament, especially in midfield with the likes of Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso, not to mention David Silva. David Villa and Fernando Torres form a deadly strike duo, although some are waiting to see how healthy Torres is after missing the last couple months of the club season with a knee injury. The Barcelona duo of Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique marshals the defense, and when it comes to keepers, there is no doubt that Spain is the deepest in the tournament: captain Iker Casillas will probably keep the No.1 job that he’s had since the 2002 World Cup, but Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina would probably start for 85% of the rest of the world. Many who make World Cup predictions are hanging their hat on Spain, and it’s easy to see why.

Switzerland’s best players are their most experienced ones, striker Alexander Frei and midfielder Hakin Yakin, but they could be without Frei, who has scored the most goals in the history of the Swiss national team. Frei, who also captains the team, injured his ankle in the team’s last training session before the World Cup and now could miss not only this match, but the entire group stage, which could end up being their only competition. Defender Philippe Senderos will have his hands full with the strikers, but look for the Swiss to crowd the midfield, where Spain is the most dangerous.

Spain is a huge -370 favorite in this World Cup contest, while the Swiss are rated at +1000, and a draw comes in at +425. These two have met 18 times in the past, and the Swiss has yet to take a win from Spain, who have 15 wins, three draws and have outscored the Swiss 45-15. There is nothing that shows that the Swiss will earn their first win here, and even a point would be like a win for them, especially without Frei. Spain just has too many weapons for the Swiss to keep up, and even if Iniesta can’t play due to a thigh injury, there are still plenty of weapons in the midfield. Look for big matches by Xavi and Fabregas in a comfortable online sports betting win for Spain on Wednesday.

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