Blue Square are offering an attractive 6/5 about Spain -2 on their double handicap market.
It’s do or die for European champions Spain on Monday evening as they meet Group H underdogs Honduras in Johannesburg.
No side has ever lifted the World Cup after losing their first match, and that’s a sequence the Spanish must now break if they are to justify their pre-tournament favouritism and make an impact in South Africa.
Both sides are pointless and playing catch-up in Group H after losing their opening fixtures 1-0.
Spain suffered the shock result of the tournament so far, going down to Switzerland in their opener, while Honduras were beaten, but not outclassed by an impressive Chile side in their first match.
Spain are 1/8 to win the match, with the draw at 13/2 and Honduras priced at 22/1 to record their first ever victory at a World Cup finals. Defeat for either side here would mean the end of their World Cup journey if Swizerland and Chile play out a draw in Port Elizabeth.
The Spanish arrived in South Africa with decades of World Cup underachievement weighing on their shoulders and Del Bosque’s side have been criticised for their over-cautious approach to the Switzerland match.
In truth, they ran the match against the Swiss with plenty of possession and one-touch passing, but lacked a killer instinct and were wasteful in front of goal at times.
Spain will be desperate to put things right in this one, and if Honduras give away possession as they did against Chile, we could see the floodgates open here. Blue Square offer a tempting 6/5 about Spain -2 on our double handicap market and 1/2 about them to win to nil.
David Villa was the focal point for Spain in a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Swiss, but was isolated for long periods and could be partnered by Fernando Torres, who is pushing for a start here after coming on as a substitute last week.
Villa can be backed at 11/4 to open the scoring here, and 6/1 to score in both halves. Torres is on offer at 7/2 to score the first goal, and 6/1 to score a header.
Honduras come into this game in the same position as the Spanish, but with none of the pressure facing Del Bosque’s side. They put in a hard-working display against a very attacking Chile side in their opening match, but actually had a lot less of the game than the scoreline suggests, and were lucky not to lose by two or three.
The Central Americans’ greatest ever result at a World Cup finals was a 1-1 draw with Spain in the 1982 finals and Blue Square offer 14/1 about a repeat of that scoreline here.
One of the stars for Honduras in qualifying, striker David Suazo, could return to the side after a thigh injury which ruled him out of the Chile match and is 18/1 to open the scoring.
Kick off 19.30 BST, live on ITV1 and ITV.com