class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>La Roja have not been at their best so far in World Cup qualifying and our tipster is backing a low-scoring affair against their lowly opponents
Spain welcome Kosovo to the Olympic Stadium in Seville on Wednesday evening with Luis Enrique’s men playing their third game in World Cup qualifying Group B.
La Roja have been extremely underwhelming in their opening two group matches, drawing 1-1 at home to Greece last week before needing an injury time strike to win 2-1 in Georgia on Sunday.
Spain vs Kosovo Latest Odds
The 2010 world champions have never lost a World Cup qualifier on home soil and they remain huge favourites on Wednesday, with bet365 offering a home win at 1/9 (1.11).
This is only Kosovo’s second World Cup qualifying campaign and the only point they have ever claimed in the competition came in the first of the 11 qualifiers they have contested.
The visitors are available at 22/1 (23.00) with the draw priced at 15/2 (8.50).
Spain vs Kosovo Team News
Having only played the first half of the opening game against Greece, Spain captain Sergio Ramos did not feature at all against Georgia and it remains to be seen whether the Real Madrid man is fully fit to start.
Dani Olmo could come back into the starting eleven after scoring the winner off the bench on Sunday, while Thiago Alcantara could also return to the team.
Kosovo have midfielder Bernard Berisha suspended following his red card in the 3-0 defeat to Sweden.
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La Roja have struggled badly in their opening two group games and manager Luis Enrique said after the win in Georgia: “If you are not on top of your game, then you will suffer.”
Realistically, however, Spain should encounter few problems against the lowest-ranked team in the group representing a nation with a population similar to that of the city of Barcelona.
A home victory is surely on the cards but the three-time European champions are unlikely to run riot, given we have seen some pretty lacklustre performances from them in this international break.
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Spain struggle to break down sides that sit back and defend resolutely, something the visitors will surely attempt and while the hosts will surely win there should be a temptation to oppose a high scoring game.
Spain vs Kosovo Tips and Predictions
Backing the visitors to win with under 3.5 goals in the game looks like an appealing option at evens (2.00).
Opposing a goal before 23 minutes at 5/6 (1.83) could also be of interest, with this selection paying out in both of Spain’s qualifiers so far.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble repsonsibly.