Spain poised to set net rippling when Ukraine come to town

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Defeat to Slovakia, who have a perfect four-from-four record, means that Spain are in the unfamiliar position of sitting second in Group C of the Euro 2016 qualifiers ahead of the Ukraine’s visit to Seville.

Such has been the dominance of the defending champions over the past few years, that backing their opponents to win has seen few successes. When it does occur though, the windfalls can be very rewarding.

That will be the case for any supporters of the visitors on this occasion, should they win, as Ladbrokes make them lengthy 10/1 pokes to triumph at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

Vicente del Bosque’s side are rated as the 2/7 favourites in the same market, while the draw is backable at a price of 4/1.

Unfortunately La Roja’s home form makes that price on Mykhaylo Fomenko’s side too short. Spain may have lost their last outing on their own soil, against world champions Germany, but that was their first defeat since 2006.

The fact that there were only three draws in that span indicates that a win for the hosts is a mere formality.

Nobody gets rich backing Spain to win at 2/7 though, so it means a hunt for value in other areas surrounding that theme is required.

5/6 on Sergio Ramos and co winning at both half time and full time appeals considering that has been the case in all of Spain’s last four home Euro qualifiers.

However it is the 20/21 and 13/4 on the hosts bagging either 2-3 or 4+ goals respectively that takes our eye all the way to betslip.

Their goal tallies in their last six home European Championship qualifiers reads, with the most recent first: 3-5-3-6-2-3, leaving us in no doubt that a continuation of the trend approaches.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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