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Rupert Wyman 20th Jun 2010 - 13:56

Pile on Palacios to be booked

The markets suggest that a Spain win against Honduras tomorrow is a foregone conclusion.  They are 1/9 for the ninety minute victory and the win should be a formality.

Switzerland's defence was amazing against Spain, they managed to nullify the Spanish attack in one of the best defensive displays of the tournament.

It would be nothing but a major surprise if Honduras could repeat the trick against Spain. They were opened up at times by Chile and they do not have the defensive discipline that Spain possess.

In the double result market, you can get Spain to win both halves at odds of 2/5. That is too short for me to back after witnessing North Korea holding off Brazil in the first half of their match.

The Spanish players will be livid at the loss to Switzerland and will be desperate to make amends against Honduras. They may start with Torres alongside Villa tomorrow and revert to a 4-4-2 formation.

Tomorrow, is a must win game and like England, the fans expect a result.  Their current coach Vincente Del Bosque has received a lot of criticism from Spain's former boss Aragones. Aragones left the job in 2008, after ending Spain's 40-year trophy drought.

Unless Del Bosque wins the World Cup, he will always remain in his shadow.

If you think that Spain may stutter again, a draw would seem the more likely result. It is priced at 15/2 and Honduras will offer little in the way of attack.

In the half time betting market, the draw is priced at 15/8 and this seems a far more likely result. Honduras will have to be at their best to hold off a potentially rampant Spain.

The 4/9 for Spain Only to score, could be a viable option although it is very short.  Honduras have not got a world class striker and if Pique and Puyol are on-form, they will have the forwards in their pockets.

A bet that would interest me if I had a small flutter on the match is David Villa coupled with Torres to score first is 23/20 and they should both start for Spain.

Another bet is the 7/4 on offer for Wilson Palacios to be booked, he is a controlled excellent tackler of the ball but he may have his work cut out against Spain. He will be up against Iniesta and Xavi who will try to dominate the midfield.

He may also have to cope with the threat of Jesus Navas when he comes off the bench, he was one of the few shining lights for Spain against Switzerland.

On Wednesday it is a traditional midsummer party across Spain, it is a celebration in honour of San Juan (St John the Baptist). What a great way to kick off the festivities if they can beat Honduras on Monday.

 

 
 
 

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