Spain have already wrapped up a spot in Russia next summer, and they’re set to be contenders for the World Cup once again. The 2010 winners are set to come in to the tournament after an unbeaten qualifying campaign, will they be able to finish with a win over Israel on Monday night? The hosts have little to play for, and they’re bound to be worried after a string of poor results.
Israel managed to end a five game winless run with a win over Liechtenstein on Friday, but that 1-0 victory was far from impressive. Before that win they’d lost four straight qualifying matches, and they’re expected to suffer another defeat when Spain roll in to town on Monday. The visitors are helped by the impressive form of Real Madrid man Isco, who has looked really impressive for club and country of late.
Isco continued his good form in Spain’s 3-0 win over Albania last week, which saw him score his fourth goal in his last three internationals. Given that he’s looked at his best when Madrid’s BBC front three aren’t in front of him, it’s easy to see why he’s in such good scoring form for Spain. His national side are short on strikers, and they’re a side who depend on goalscoring midfielders, a role which Isco has settled in to perfectly. We’re backing the play-maker to score anytime here.
Isco should get plenty of chances, given that Spain have scored 35 goals in this qualifying campaign. That’s an impressive haul for la Roja, and they’re likely to add to it after putting four past Israel at home. Given that both Italy and Albania both managed to score three times in victories away to Israel, Spain should rack up plenty of goals here.
We’re backing Spain to win with over 2.5 goals in the match, which has happened in seven of their eight wins in this group. That bet seems like excellent value, while we’re also expecting three goals from Spain on their own. We’re backing a 3-1 win for the visitors, which can be backed at 10/1 with bet365.
PREDICTION; SPAIN TO WIN AND OVER 2.5 GOALS
ISCO TO SCORE