Spain vs Switzerland – betting tips and match preview

World Cup BettingThe World Cup favorites from Spain will play Switzerland today at 15:00 BST in their first match in group H. Most football fans have anticipated this match and look forward to see some great attacking football from the current European champions. On the other side most Swiss might rightfully fear the match today at Durban stadium, where they will be in for a tough time against the favorites.

Match Preview

The Spanish fans have waited a long time to get their World Cup campaign under way and they must be ecstatic with excitement to see their team in action in South Africa today. Spain currently holds the record for most matches played at the World Cup without winning the trophy, but coming as defending European champions the expectations are greater than ever. They have an impressive record of 27 won matches of their last 28 and are “rightfully” ranked second in the world behind Brazil. Many consider them the favorites to win the 2010 World Cup, but will they be able to break the curse once and for all. Likely they have never had a better chance to win and with more star players than any other country, it does look promising for Spaniards.

Switzerland qualified for the World Cup by winning their group in front of Greece, but drawing the favorites from Spain they are likely hoping for second place in Group H. Although the team does not contain any star players, they seem confident despite poor results lately. At the same time the Swiss put their hope in legendary coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, whose experience will be needed for the match today. In their last preparation game they managed to play 1-1 against Italy and will probably be delighted with the same result against Spain. Nobody will expect anything from Switzerland, which seem to be their only advantage for the match.

Team Updates

Spain is currently hoping to get their star striker Fernando Torres ready for the match, but his knee injury are likely to keep him on the bench today to ease him back. On the positive side Andres Iniesta is looking to come back and might play today.

The Swiss is without their captain and key player Alexander Frei, which will be a hard loss for the team in a match with few expected goal chances. In addition coach Hitzfeld has ruled their midfielder Valon Behrami out for the match.

Spain vs Switzerland betting tip

Our betting tip will be to bet on the handicap win for Spain at odds 1.83 at 888 sports.

Anything else than a Spanish win, would be a gigantic surprise, and we expect Spain to win comfortable in the match today. In their previous 18 matches Spain have won 15 and never lost against Switzerland. The two teams are simply not in the same class and Spain will dominate the match from the beginning to the end. Although we have not seen many two goal victories so far during the World Cup, we have opted to recommend the handicap bet on Spain. The fact that Switzerland are without Frei, makes them unlikely to score and Spain probably have the best attack of all participating countries at the World Cup.

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