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Spain Odds: To Win World Cup

There was a time when Spain was favorite to win every soccer tournament – so much so that sports betting sites began to wonder if they were truly invincible. That was a decade ago, when Spain won the World Cup and two European Championships over a remarkable six-year period.

These days, Spain has slumped off its thorne as world leaders in international football. The likes of Germany, Brazil and France have retaken that spot, and now even England and Argentina are ahead of the Spanish.

Head coach Luis Enrique has been in the job for four years. Over this period he led his country to the UEFA Nations League final, and the Euro 2020 semi-finals. In fact, Spain should arguably have made it past Italy to make the final of the European Championships last summer. But can Enrique go one better and haul Spain into only the second World Cup final in its history?

Perhaps. The likes of Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Alvaro Morata and Thiago certainly provide experience. While Eric Garcia, Gavi, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati offer the youthful exuberance required for a well-blended squad. The sportsbooks think Spain has a good chance here. But can this team really go all the way?

Spain to Win the World Cup Odds

The Spain World Cup odds make for fairly positive reading if you’re a supporter of this team. After all, Spain is the fifth favorite at +800 to win the World Cup. That’s in fact not a bad price for a team that reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals less than 18 months ago, and which is steadily blending its young players into Enrique’s system.

In fact, Spain’s odds have been narrowing ever since the start of the year. The exceptional club form of Torres, Rodri, Garcia and Thiago means this team is coming into the World Cup with players reaching their peak.

What’s more, Enrique has been here before, and has the experience of Busquets and Alba to call upon here. Spain is actually something close to a complete team. The only concern surrounds their tactics. Can Enrique’s tight-knit style of play combat the force of England, France, Germany and the like?

That is the tactical conundrum that the head coach will have to address this winter.

TeamGroup WinnerQualify From Group
Spain-110-1200
Germany+110-900
Japan+1100+300
Costa Rica+4000+1400
Updated September 30, 2022 8:53 AM ET - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change

Odds Provided by BetMGM. Accurate as of Aug. 18, 2022 - Subject to Change

Spain: Road to the Final

Spain qualified for the World Cup with relative ease. Despite losing away to Sweden and tying with Greece at home, the rest of Spain’s 10-game qualifying campaign was straightforward. The goals were spread around the team, with Torres (4) top scoring and the likes of Morata, Dani Olmo, Pablo Sarabia and Carlos Soler each scoring twice.

Pot Draw

Spain winning its qualifying group and the country’s ranking meant  the team was in Pot 1 for the World Cup draw. This meant Spain avoids playing teams such as England and Brazil in the group stage.

Group Stage

Indeed, Spain has been placed in Group E of the World Cup, alongside Costa Rica, Germany and Japan. Attention immediately turns to the Spain vs Germany game, which will be played on November 27. Whoever wins this game likely tops Group E. Spain last beat Germany 6-0 in November 2020.

Potential Knockout Stage Games

Let’s assume Spain beats Germany and sees off Costa Rica and Japan with ease. They top the group, and so will probably play expected Group F runners-up Croatia in the last-16. From here, they could meet Brazil in the quarter-finals, Argentina in the semis, and then perhaps either France or England in the final. Now that’s a tough route to lifting the World Cup!

Spain Previous World Cup Finishes

Spain has only once won the World Cup and has had a relatively disappointing record in this tournament, until the team became champions in 2010. Here's Spain's World Cup record to date:

  • 1934 – Quarter-finals
  • 1950 – Fourth place
  • 1962 – Group stage
  • 1966 – Group stage
  • 1978 – Group stage
  • 1982 – Second group stage
  • 1986 – Quarter-finals
  • 1990 – Last-16
  • 1994 – Quarter-finals
  • 1998 – Group stage
  • 2002 – Quarter-finals
  • 2006 – Last-16
  • 2010 – Champions
  • 2014 – Group stage
  • 2018 – Last-16

Spain Golden Boot Odds

PlayerGolden Boot Odds
Alvaro Morata+5000
Ferran Torres+5000
Mikel Oyarzabal+6600
Anssumane Fati+8000

Odds Provided by bet365. Accurate as of Aug. 18, 2022 - Subject to Change

Spain World Cup FAQ

Has Spain qualified for the World Cup?

Yes. Spain has qualified for the World Cup and will compete in Group E alongside Germany, Costa Rica and Japan. Spain is the fifth favorites to win the World Cup, according to sports betting sites.

Why Is the World Cup In November?

The World Cup begins in November, instead of the summer, because host country Qatar cannot hold soccer tournaments in the height of summer. The high temperatures means the tournament has been moved to the winter.

Can Spain win the World Cup?

Yes. Spain has a good chance of winning the World Cup and the latest odds rest around +800. However, Spain may have to overcome the likes of Brazil, Argentina and France to win the tournament.

Who will score most goals for Spain?

Ferran Torres is tipped to be Spain’s top goal scorer at the World Cup.

Will David De Gea play for Spain?

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is not guaranteed to play for Spain at the World Cup. The shot-stopper has fallen out of favor with manager Luis Enrique and could struggle to regain his place.

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