There would have been a time not so long ago when a trip to away to the all-conquering Spain camp would have been just the tonic for beleaguered Chelsea stars Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro.
However, the times are a-changing for La Roja and a hard time is foreseen for them amongst the pick of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifying action.
Backing our trio of best bets in a treble pays out at almost 20/1.
Gravy trains collide in Oviedo, with Spain looking for a 16th successive home victory in European Championship qualifying and shock Group leaders Slovakia looking for a tenth win in succession, having beaten the hosts en route to a perfect 2014/15.
The suspicion is that Spain’s is the record that will be preserved, yet they were far from fluent in the first half of 2015, losing three on the spin, with each of their trio of wins this year coming by a single strike.
Six of the Slovaks’ nine victories last term came by the odd goal and if another is to be forthcoming here it seems sure to come by the slenderest of margins.
It looks like the traders may have been looking through the wrong end of their telescopes with this tie, with two strikes or less a substantial underdog.
Austria haven’t scored more than once in their last ten home games, nine of which have made it rain for unders backers.
During that sequence it took Brazil to break the chain with a 2-1 win – the Selecao and Greece were the only visitors of the ten to score more than once.
The Moldovans have tended to go into their shell of late on the road, with their last six away games featuring fewer than three goals.
During that run they’ve troubled the scorers just twice and only shipped more than once on a solitary occasion.
The Scandinavians have been fairly unadventurous travellers thus far in Group G, drawing two of their three road games, but it’s paying off as they occupy the second automatic qualifying spot, four points behind the Austrians.
Victory in Russia will open a seven-point chasm between the Blagult and their hosts, whereas a win for Leonid Slutsky’s side would reduce the gap to one, so the motivation for further pragmatism is there in abundance.
Having shown themselves happy to let the Russians have the majority of the ball in their previous meeting they should be capable of achieving such an objective.