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World Cup Countdown: 18/1 that Spain bring the goals to Group B

| 25.05.2014

Now that the World Cup Countdown has ticked down into the teens, the start of the World Cup is getting close enough to taste. But the salivation hasn’t stopped Ladbrokes from churning out special World Cup prices on a daily basis.

This time they’re going 18/1 (which can only mean there’s 18 days until the World Cup actually starts, kids) that Spain score three or goals in all of their group games in Brazil.

Drawn against one of the tougher set of opponents in Rio, that bet might seem more prickly than looking for a stray tee shot in a bed of stinging nettles but, as defending champions, Spain will be confident they can put their Group B rivals to the sword.

Their defence gets underway against Netherlands, who it must be said have had the upper hand in recent meetings bar the 2010 World Cup final.

However, Louis van Gaal brings a youthful and inexperienced back line to Brazil and facing the might of Spanish movement and possession football could be a baptism of fire for his young defenders.

Next up for Vicente del Bosque’s side are Chile, who have been touted around these pages as potential dark horses for the World Cup, having held Spain to a draw in their last meeting, outplaying Germany in a narrow and unjust defeat and beating England at Wembley.

But fear not, special backers, because the South American side had the joint-worst defence of any of the five South American sides to qualify for the tournament, shipping 25 in 16 games.

Then, to round things off, come Australia who must surely be seen as the whipping boys of the group. They’ve never played Spain in an international before, but have made a habit of losing heavily of late.

In their last five losses, the Socceroos have conceded three or more goals on each occasion, including three against Japan, four to China, six apiece when faced with Brazil and France and four to Ecuador.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.