Spain is a one-goal favorite in World Cup betting odds with the total at 2.5 and the under at -165.
World Cup gambling odds on the three-way line list Spain at -240, Paraguay at +600 and the Draw at +275. Paraguay has not been very impressive so far but they do have a solid defense that could cause Spain some difficulty. Paraguay has allowed just one goal in the World Cup. The problem for Paraguay is that they have scored only three. Paraguay’s only goal scoring threat is Oscar Cardozo and he may not find any room against Spain. Paraguay will need Lucas Barrios to show some creativity if they are to get any scoring chances against Spain.
Spain has not been overly impressive on offense either but they do have more talent including David Villa who scored the game winner against Portugal in the round of 16. Spain’s offense has not been helped by Fernando Torres who has played poorly. He could be replaced in the starting lineup on Saturday by Fernando Llorente. It would seem that Spain is overdue to score a lot of goals but against Paraguay that doesn’t seem likely since Paraguay’s formation stresses defense and the counterattack.
Although Spain is a big favorite in World Cup betting odds, they have not reached the semifinals at the World Cup since 1950. They could start the feel the pressure in this match they are expected to win. Spain has continually been a disappointment in the World Cup and if they don’t score an early goal against Paraguay they could start to tighten up.
Between them, Paraguay and Spain have given up only three goals in the World Cup so a single goal could decide the outcome of this match on Saturday. Spain has a reputation as a high flying team that scores a lot of goals but that has not been the case in this year’s World Cup. With Paraguay expected to play a stifling defense, this should be a low scoring match. This quarterfinal match can be seen on ABC on Saturday afternoon.