When it comes to European football, these two countries are way out in front of the chasing pack, with the possible exception of only Germany. Even when it comes to club football, it is usually these two countries’ leagues that have their clubs in the finals of European football.
Both national sides have been sweeping all other teams out of their way in their games thus far. The reverse fixture saw an excellent game, which ended up finishing 1-1. Spain will be hoping to go one better with this game in Madrid and take a priceless three points.
This game has the wonderful side story of David Villa returning to the international fold. The World Cup winner must have thought his international career was all over. He moved to Australia and then the MLS. However, his incredible form for New York has saw him return to the fold – that and the fact Diego Costa being stuck in professional limbo right now.
The Spaniard’s last game against Macedonia in their last World Cup Qualifier wasn’t overly impressive. They came out with a 2-1 victory, but Spain would be expecting to have a much bigger win.
In their game previous to that, they hammered Israel by four goals to one. That was the true Spain and the one they will be hoping turns up against Italy.
The Italians are just after an excellent performance against Liechtenstein, winning by five goals to nil. Prior to that, they decimated a terrible San Marino by eight goals to nothing. These sides aren’t really the level that Italy will be coming up against. Italy know that they should have got the three points when these two teams faced off earlier in this qualifying campaign, so will be aiming to grab the win in Madrid this coming weekend.
The news in the lead up has been dominated by Diego Costa not being picked in the Spain squad, while his older counterpart, David Silva has been. It’s a strange choice on the surface, but when you look into it, it begins to make sense.
Costa isn’t playing football at the moment, while David Silva is in great form and despite his age, he still looks like a player who can do an excellent job at international level. Plus, if Silva isn’t firing on all cylinders, Spain still have other players who can provide potency in attack.
Recent games show a Spain side that is creaking at the seams. They don’t look like a team that is playing to their full potential – the game against Macedonia really demonstrated that. Meanwhile, Italy look like a team that is on a mission to sweep all competition to the side.
We fancy the Italians to grab the valuable win. They are priced at a generous 10/3 (Odds: www.online-betting.org) to get the job done in Spain and we really do think that they will take all three points. In fact, we don’t even think that they will have much trouble doing so.