The latest Spain odds to win the World Cup
|Betting market||888 Sport||Paddy Power||Sky Bet|
|Spain to win World Cup||15/2||15/2||15/2|
|Spain to reach the final||7/2||7/2||4/1|
|Spain to reach semi-final||–||17/10||7/4|
|Spain to win Group B||5/6||5/6||10/11|
|Ansu Fati World Cup Golden Boot Odds||80/1||–||–|
Our recommended Spain bet for World Cup 2022
Spain are co-favourites to advance from Group E alongside Germany. With Japan and Costa Rice rounding out the group, barring a massive shock, the only real suspense in the group will be the order in which top two finish. Now, even if Spain emerge as group winners, they face a potentially brutal road through the knockouts, with 2018 finalists Croatia in the Round of 16, followed by, potentially, Brazil, Belgium and France in the quarters, semis and the final. This has the depth and talent to win any match against anyone on any given day, but it’s tough to back any side to run this gauntlet. In terms of value, near-2-to-1 on a run to the semis is enticing.
Spain route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|vs Costa Rica||Al Thumama Stadium||19:00, 23/11|
|vs Germany||Al Bayt Stadium||22:00, 27/11|
|vs Japan||Khalifa International Stadium||22:00, 1/12|
*All times GMT
Spain’s toughest opponent in a top-heavy Group E will surely be Germany, though Japan could provide La Roja with a competitive outing.
Who could Spain meet in the knockout rounds?
If USA were able to win Group B, they’d face the nation who finish second in Group F, consisting of Belgium, Croatia, Morocco and Canada. Belgium are favourites to win Group F, with 2018 finalists Croatia the bookies’ favourite to finish second. If Spain make it past that test, they could face an incredibly tough run to World Cup glory with potential matches against Brazil, Belgium and France looming.
|If they win Group E||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||vs Croatia|
A second place finish in Group E would see Spain take on the winners of Group A, thus making Belgium the most likely Round of 16 opponent. This route to the World Cup Final isn’t any easier for Spain, with Argentina and Brazil standing between them and a second Spanish World Cup triumph.
|If they come runners up in Group E||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||vs Belgium|
Our predicted Spain World Cup 2022 squad
|Unai Simon||Goalkeeper||22||Athletic Club de Bilbao|
|Robert Sánchez||Goalkeeper||24||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|Dani Carvajal||Defender||30||Real Madrid|
|Diego Llorente||Defender||29||Leeds United|
|Eric García||Defender||21||FC Barcelona|
|Marcos Alonso||Defender||31||FC Barcelona|
|José Luis Gayà||Defender||27||Valencia|
|Defender||31||Athletic Club de Bilbao|
|Sergio Busquets||Midfielder||34||FC Barcelona|
|Dani Olmo||Midfielder||24||RB Leipzig|
|Koke||Midfielder||30||Atlético de Madrid|
|Forward||29||Atlético de Madrid|
|Ferran Torres||Forward||22||FC Barcelona|
|Ansu Fati||Forward||19||FC Barcelona|
|Borja Iglesias||Forward||29||Real Betis|
|Iago Aspas||Forward||35||Celta de Vigo|
Spain players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Spain top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Borja Iglesias
Unlike tournaments past, when Spain have struggled not only to score goals, but to even identify their primary goal-scoring threat, this iteration of La Roja features threats all over the pitch. Consider that, in the midfield alone, Perdi, Gavi Rodri, Carlos Soler and Dani Olmo are all capable finding the net. Beyond that group, consider that veteran stars Álvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia and rising star (soon to be 20) Yeremy Pino are probably the least threatening members of the forward line.
That’s because Ferran Torres (who’s admittedly struggled to score at Barcelona but has been fantastic at consistently putting himself in position to do so), a when-healthy (I know…) Ansu Fati (an 80-to-1-plus shout for Golden Boot when you can find the odds), ageless wonder Iago Aspas (who’s scored 5 in 6 La Liga matches this season, and at least 14 in each of the last seven La Liga seasons, plus combined 35 over the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons) round out a potentially deadly lineup. That’s all without mentioning the actual best (on current form) Spanish striker going now, Borja Iglesias.
Iglesias has scored six in six as Betis has jumped out to a fantastic start, and trails only the incandescent Robert Lewandowski (who’s got 8 in 6) in goals in La Liga. Iglesias is admittedly something of an under-the-radar pic for World Cup Golden Boot (his name doesn’t even appear in Oddschecker’s rather exhaustive list of candidates), but he is durable and, at age 29, firmly in his prime. Not only does he absolutely deserve a place on this team, but to make the most of the playmaking around him.
Spain player to watch – Pedri
It’s tough to settle on just one name here. Heck, with the likes of Gavi and Ansu Fati around, it’s tough to pick a favorite Barcelona teenager. But, if it’s got to be just one name here, it has to be Pedri. The somehow-still-only-19 2021 Golden Boy winner is as effortless a midfield superstar as there is in the game today. In terms of innate feel for the game, efficiency of movement, touch on the ball, passing ability and eye for goal, he has no weaknesses in his game.
If Spain perform as they’re capable of at the 2022 World Cup, Pedri should be a decent shout (once odds are posted) for the tournament’s Golden Ball.
Spain emerging player to look out for – Yeremy Pino
The extent to which Yeremy Pino actually features at the World Cup (provided he’s actually included in the squad) remains to be seen. It’s entirely possible that his inclusion would be intended more to provide a rising young star with experience for future tournaments.
That being said, Pino is a genuine rising star in Spanish football. He made his professional debut five days after his 18th birthday, scored his first goal four days after that in a Europa League group game, and has since become the youngest Spanish player ever to start a European final (the 2021 Europa League final against Manchester United, beating the previous record held by Iker Casillas), as well as the youngest player ever to win the competition, eclipsing the mark previously set by Robin van Persie, when he won the 2002 UEFA Cup with Feyenoord.
Whether he gets the sufficient amount of time on the pitch to make a genuine impact is debatable. If he does get his opportunities, Yeremy is a special enough talent to make them count.
Where are Spain in the Fifa World Rankings?
USA are currently 6th in the Fifa World Rankings, behind Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Portugal.
Who is Spain’s manager?
Luis Enrique was appointed as manager of Spain in July 2018 following a spectacular spell in charge of FC Barcelona, during which his side won a treble (2015). Shortly after his appointment, in March 2019, he stepped away from the role, to mourn the passing of his nine-year-old daughter from cancer. He returned as manager in November 2019, and has won 17 of 32 matches since, and led the side to the semifinals of Euro 2020.
Who is Spain’s current captain?
FC Barcelona talisman Sergio Busquets wears the armband for La Roja. Now 34 years of age, Busquets is not only unrivaled in terms of experience and savvy, but has achieved success on a scale reserved exclusively for the all-time greats. With Barcelona, in addition to eight domestic league titles and seven Copas del Rey, Busquets has won the Champions League three times, twice (2009 and 2015) as part of a treble. For Spain, though he missed the initial breakthrough of Euro 2008, Busquets has been a national team mainstay since shortly thereafter, and was a member of both the World Cup winning side of 2010, and the side which won an unprecedented third consecutive major international tournament at Euro 2012.
How many times have Spain won the World Cup?
Having just won their first major tournament at Euro 2008, Spain won the 2010 World Cup competition in South Africa, defeating the Netherlands in extra time in the final. It was the second in an unprecedented run of three consecutive major international tournament wins, as La Roja then went on to win Euro 2012.
How many times have Spain competed in the World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be Spain’s 16th appearance at a World Cup finals. Spain last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1974, and have since qualified for the last 12, including 1982, when the nation hosted the tournament.
Who has scored the most goals for Spain in World Cup tournaments?
David Villa has the most World Cup goals for Spain, with nine, across three finals appearances in (2006, 2010 and 2014). Villa has nearly twice the number of goals as Spain’s next-top World Cup scorers, Emilio Butragueño, Fernando Morientes and Raúl, each of whom have five.
Which player from Spain has the most World Cup appearances?
It’s a pair of Real Madrid legends, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, who share the record for most World Cup appearances in a Spain shirt, with 17. Legendary Barça (and Athletic Club de Bilbao, and Valencia) goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta made 16 World Cup appearances, and another Barça legend, and the club’s current manager, Xavi, is the only other Spanish player with at least 15 World Cup appearances (he has 15) for Spain.