In a shocking World Cup development, Spain will be playing for its soccer betting life in its Friday matchup against Chile in the World Cup odds. Group H is one of the most exciting groups we’ve seen in the group stage of the 2010 World Cup odds betting and with just one match left for each of the four teams it’s still wide open.
In the run up to the start of the World Cup in South Africa Spain was not only favored to win Group H but the entire World Cup odds competition. As 4:1 favorites in the soccer betting odds the Group stage was a mere after thought for the Spanish. But after dropping its opener to Switzerland in a World Cup betting shocker the Spanish must beat Chile in this World Cup odds matchup or likely be eliminated from the biggest sports betting event on the planet.
Getting knocked out of the World Cup betting action early is nothing new for the Spanish and they would love to prove that the teams Euro Cup win two years ago wasn’t a fluke and bring home the World Cup trophy for the first time ever.
Chile on the other hand entered the World Cup betting action with minimal fanfare in the soccer betting odds but has now grabbed everyone’s attention after two very solid performances versus Honduras and Switzerland. Spain will be this team’s toughest challenge yet but it should be well prepared after having played against Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay in the World Cup betting qualifiers.
Chile is likely through no matter what happens as it holds a +2 goal differential but there’s still a chance that if this team loses Switzerland could leapfrog it in the Group H standings and so it won’t be resting any players or playing for a draw.
Because of its talent and desperation Spain is favored in the World Cup betting odds (1/2). As yet we’ve seen little out of Spain to warrant this kind of major advantage in the betting lines as Chile are a paltry 85/11. A draw pays out 341/100 and that might be the smartest money to place on this match as Spain hasn’t played nearly well enough to warrant those odds and Chile has played too well to warrant such an insulting betting line.