Spain Slight Favourites to Win in Clash of Titans

Published on October 5th, 2016 5:22 pm EST

World Cup qualifiers - Europe - Italy vs. Spain - October 2016Thursday features a large number of World Cup qualifying games, as the likes of Australia, Turkey and China are all in action.

The premier clash of the day, however, will feature two of the best football nations, as Italy will be playing host to Spain.

Spain and Italy are playing in Group G, and neither side should have any trouble advancing to the next round of qualifying. After these two clubs, the group is filled with the likes of Albania, Macedonia, Israel and Liechtenstein, none of which should give Italy or Spain any trouble.

That being said, there are advantages for winning the group, which is why both Spain and Italy will be looking to turn in a strong game on Thursday.

Both Spain and Italy have played one group stage game so far, with Spain crushing Liechtenstein 8-0, and Italy getting past Israel 3-1.

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Italy has the homefield advantage on Thursday, though Spain still has the best odds to win. Here are the current odds for this match:

Italy, 9/4
Draw, 39/19
Spain, 7/4

According to the oddsmakers, this should be a closely contested match, as the top two likeliest outcomes on Thursday are both draws:

Draw 1-1, 9/2
Draw 0-0, 5/1
Spain 1-0, 5/1
Italy 1-0, 6/1
Spain 2-1, 10/1

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There will be a supreme amount of talent on display on Thursday, as the likes of Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa and Eder are all expected to play. As of this moment, Morata is the leading contender to score on Thursday, as his odds currently sit at 11/5 to find the net, while Diego Costa is slightly behind at 2/1.

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There are some definite mismatches on Thursday in the World Cup qualifying landscape, though Italy v Spain certainly doesn't qualify. This should be a great contest.

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