Spain's World Cup 2022 Standings
Spain is the second team in Group B, which also includes Portugal, Morocco and Iran. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Spain's Odds To Win The World Cup
Despite a turnover of players since their incredible world-conquering team Spain still boast one of the most talented squads in the world at present, including several players from two of the globe's biggest clubs - Real Madrid and Barcelona. With the luxury of having world-class players participating in one of the best leagues in Europe, and playing alongside the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and company, we could see Spain go a long way in this tournament.
Sports Interaction has listed Spain as the fourth-best chance of winning the 2018 World Cup, priced at +700. Plenty will depend on whether they top Group B, and we expect them to do so ahead of Portugal. They will face a team from Group A in the second round, which should be an easy victory, although once into the quarter-finals it will be much more difficult for the Spaniards.
If our pre-tournament prediction proves true, Spain will come up against Argentina in the final eight, and it will be a real challenge for La Furia Roja. While on paper they appear to be slightly better, we actually believe Argentina will progress at their expense, and Spain's second semi-final appearance will have to wait for another occasion.
Our pick of the lines on offer would have to be the -167 for Spain to reach the quarter-finals. Spain should make light work of Iran and Morocco, the other Group B participants, and even a loss to Portugal won't stop them progressing to the second round. From there, the worst-case scenario is facing Uruguay in the second round, and we feel that they will get through regardless.
Spain will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting teams to watch at the World Cup, and with so many betting options available they are a great pick for a wager.
Spain's Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the Spanish team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
David De Gea (Goalkeeper)
Arguably the best goalkeeper in world football at the moment, De Gea is a big positive for whatever team he plays for and is a big reason why Manchester United have done as well as they have in this season's English Premier League. With reflexes and shot-stopping ability that is perhaps unmatched between the sticks, he will prove vital to Spain's chances in Russia.
De Gea's performances in goal during qualifying helped Spain finish their ten matches with the joint-fewest amount of goals conceded (three).
David Silva (Forward)
Silva has been in impeccable form for Manchester City this season, and his value to the national setup is immense. The key will be how he fits into the lineup - Silva plays in behind Jesus and the wingers at club level, yet is often employed in a role further up the pitch for the Spanish team. Regardless, his silky passing and intelligent positioning make him a threat wherever he appears.
Andres Iniesta (Midfielder)
Iniesta's experience will be vital for the Spanish team, and with close to 500 senior appearances for Barcelona and over 120 for his country, Iniesta will play a critical role in Russia. Widely considered one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and indeed all time, Iniesta has been voted into the FIFA World XI on nine occasions. He can pick a pass from anywhere on the pitch and his link-up with David Silva is always special to watch.
The Coach (Julen Lopetegui)
After Spain departed the 2016 Euros, Julen Lopetegui took the reigns and has been an immediate success for his country of origin. In sixteen matches at the helm, he has managed twelve wins, four draws and not yet tasted defeat, which is perhaps one of the big reasons why Spain appears alongside Germany, Brazil and France as the best chance of winning in Russia.
Prior to taking over the national team job, Lopetegui performed well as head coach of Portuguese club Porto, while he has also led the Spanish U19, U20 and U21 squads, finishing with eleven wins from eleven fixtures as manager of the latter. As a player, Lopetegui made 317 appearances as a player including a short stint in Barcelona.
Spain's World Cup 2022 Lineup
Spain's latest international was a friendly match played against Russia on November 14th, 2017, although featured several changes to what may be described as their first XI. The closest lineup to what we see as their best was utilized in their 3-0 win against Italy on September 2nd, 2017. The full team sheet was as follows.
Starting Lineup (4-1-2-3)
David De Gea (Manchester United) - Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona) - Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) - Koke (Atletico Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) - Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid).
Reserves: Alvaro Morata, Gerard Deulofeu, Nacho, Saul Niguez, Kepa Arrizabalaga, David Villa, Jose Reina, Iago Aspas, Thiago, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Pedro.
Spain's World Cup History
Spain is one of just eight teams to have lifted one of the world's most famous trophies, doing so for the first and only time at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The victory came during the nation's best ever spell and was sandwiched between consecutive European Championships - one in 2008 and one in 2012. This remarkable feat stands alone, and it is hard to see it happening again considering how competitive the UEFA confederation is.
Prior to 2010, it could be argued that the Spanish underachieved at the international level. While their first appearance in 1934 was moderately successful (quarter-finals) and was followed up by a fourth-place finish in the 1950 World Cup, Spain failed to qualify for four of the next six tournaments and was knocked out of both the 1962 and 1966 competitions in the group stage, winning just once at each event.
Spain then qualified for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina and has been present at every tournament since, although have not made it to the semi-final stage aside from in their championship year. 2014 perhaps summed up the country's varied fortunes as they departed the tournament at the group stage once more, losing out to Chile and the Netherlands and missing out on a rare opportunity to win consecutive World Cups.
Despite the disappointing performance at the 2014 event, Spain is expected to field a team with several of the same big names in Russia. They managed an almost flawless qualifying campaign featuring nine out of ten wins and a colossal 3-0 defeat of Italy at the Bernabeu. They come into this year's tournament as one of the favourites and will have little issue progressing from a group where only neighbours Portugal should pose any real problems.