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Sports Gambling - Spain Worried about Wednesday

Sports gambling expectations were sky high for Spain and their World Cup betting prospects as this was considered to be the year that they emerged as a world power.

Sports gambling anticipation could not be greater for Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal betting match between Spain and Germany as the winner makes Sunday’s title game.

Spain was considered by most handicappers to be one of the online sports gambling favorites to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup as they have been dominant in Europe recently.  So far in World Cup action, however, they have been barely getting by and are limping in versus Germany after a 1-0 squeaker against Portugal.

German coach Joachim Loew is highly respectful of Spain, however, and is quite concerned about Wednesday’s sports gambling matchup, which is a rematch of the UEFA European Championship of 2 years ago that Spain took 1-0.

“It’s not a case of taking revenge for the Euro, Spain were the best team in the tournament and in the final,” said Loew.  “Now the situation is different, we’re better than we were in 2008, we have a chance of winning this game.”

While confident, Loew also did state that he believes that Spain remains the World Cup football betting favorites to win the tournament just as they were when it all began.

A big advantage for Spain will be the fact that German forward Thomas Muller will miss the game due to a suspension for yellow cards.

Spain has never made a World Cup final.  One of the sports book gambling concerns is that they are yet to reach their peak in this tournament.  To some handicappers, that means that Spain is overrated but to others, it simply means that they are overdue for an explosion.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque concedes that the team is under heavy pressure from the expectations that came from winning the 2008 Euro title.

“We know we can play better than we have done so far and we hope to do that in the semifinal,” said Del Bosque.  “I think it will be a good advert for football.”

Fernando Torres is a player under heavy pressure as he was considered to be a key asset for Spain with the World Cup betting odds but is yet to ignite.  Luckily for Spain David Villa has picked up the pace with 5 goals.