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Spain may have suffered an unexpected loss in their last competitive fixture away to the Ukraine, wasting a load of chances before their hosts found the only goal of the game 15 minutes from time, but we’d expect them to get back on track here.
After all, La Roja enjoyed 72% of possession and had 21 shots compared to their opponents’ two in that clash, while that was their first defeat in nearly two years.
Handicap Draw + 1 Goals
La Roja have since played out a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in a friendly, though Luis Enrique fielded a second-string side and the regulars will be back in action here.
Despite that result against the Ukraine last month, Spain retain their position at the top of the standings in League A’s Group 4.
Switzerland have done them a favour by taking a pair of stalemates off Germany, though the hosts haven’t had much else to shout about in 2020 as they’ve lost their other four outings.
They went down by one-goal margins to the Ukraine and Spain in this group, as well as in friendlies to Croatia and Belgium, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see that margin repeated here.
In fact, nine of Switzerland’s 10 defeats over 90 minutes since July 2018 have come by just the single strike. Up against real quality in the shape of England, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Croatia or Spain themselves, Switzerland are just W1-D3-L6 across this period, though another defeat appears likely when taking current form in 2020 into consideration.
Sergio Ramos To Score Anytime
Although Ansu Fati is out for four months and Rodrigo Moreno has tested positive for coronavirus, Spain have other attacking outlets and Alvaro Morata should get the chance to lead the line alongside the likes of Marco Asensio, Mikel Oyarzabal and Ferran Torres.
However, one man who appears criminally overlooked in the odds is veteran captain and centre-back Sergio Ramos.
The Real Madrid icon equalled Gianluigi Buffon’s on 176 international caps with a substitute appearance against the Netherlands, and is only eight shy of the all-time record set by Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan now.
However, perhaps even more remarkably he’s Spain’s eighth-highest goalscorer despite playing at the back, with the 34-year-old a major threat at set-pieces in the air and with his feet from 12 yards.
Excluding brief cameos from the bench in friendlies against Portugal and the Netherlands, he now has 10 goals in 17 international appearances as he scored in nine separate games.
He’s also chipped in with goals for Real Madrid against Inter and Barcelona in the past few weeks, and looks a worthy price to add to his tally.
Handicap Draw + 1 Goals At 5/2
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