Online sports gambling success on the World Cup stage has been rare for Spain but they find themselves in the unusual sports gambling position as the favorite to win the title.
It’s not as if Spain is a “Johnny Come Lately” club that enters action as one of the elite teams with the World Cup betting line. Spain has long been considered a potential champion but also a team that has not lived up to its potential. In fact, Spain has a terrible online sports gambling reputation for epic collapses on the World stage.
Spain enters World Cup gambling with an overload of confidence and hype but also a wobbly history that includes a recent debacle. Spain was coming off a 35-match undefeated streak which came to a stunning end with a loss to the United States in the 2009 Confederations Cup.
That is the type of result that has plagued Spain throughout its soccer history and what makes many handicappers leery of them to this day, despite their enormous physical ability that cannot be denied or ignored.
In 12 previous sports gambling appearances in the World Cup, in fact, Spain could only manage a best finish of fourth place all the way back in 1950. To many, the problem with Spain and their history is one of mental issues rather than physical skill.
And it is getting over the mental hump that will be their greatest challenge in attaining World Cup gambling profits and success in 2010.
One of the reasons that Spain is an online sports gambling favorite is that they are the current European champions. They also have what many soccer handicappers consider to be the top professional league in the world.
Manager Vicente del Bosque is another leading asset for Spain with the World Cup betting odds. He is a two time European Cup winner with the famed Real Madrid club and led them to what was their most successful era as a team.
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, also of Real Madrid, is considered to be perhaps the best on Earth. Spain is loaded with a potent offense and currently has a FIFA ranking of 2nd entering action for the 2010 World Cup.