While world and European kingpins Spain may be heavily odds on to all but ensure Group I victory by disposing of last-placed Belarus in Palma de Mallorca (and on BT Sport, kicking off about an hour into the England game), their guests are coming to attack and with La Furia Roja unconvincing at home in qualifying both sides to bag can be backed at 13/5.
The feted hosts are as short as 1/25 to win, with the draw 12/1 and FIFA’s 80th ranked outfit an unthinkable 30/1 for success.
Visiting teams have ruffled Vicente del Bosque’s moustache by scoring in five of Spain’s last six competitive home games.
Meaningful games on home soil have been few and far between for a Spain outfit used to receiving their tickets to future tournaments along with their winner’s medals.
Perhaps the lack of familiarity with the situation of playing in front of fans demanding a walloping explains their willingness to ship – a theme which has continued in Group I during this campaign.
The Roja have yet to notch a victory from a duo of home games, drawing 1-1 with both France and more amusingly Finland.
Belarus have notched at least once in six of their last nine away games.
Georgi Kondratiev’s side may be languishing at the bottom of the section, but they’ve outscored Finland and Georgia and they were seldom denied on the road in 2012/13, including when visiting France in competitive action.
More recently they have proved impossible to withstand in their three home games this season, breaching Montenegro’s notoriously stingy road rearguard, smashing three past Kyrgyzstan and putting two past the French in a 2-4 defeat.
Gerard Pique’s lust for attack leaves Spain vulnerable on the break.
The Belarusian manager has suggested his side will not ‘park the bus’ in Spain and are instead hoping to hurt their imposing hosts with swift counter-attacks.
Such a tactic always has a hope of coming off against a side that likes to press so high up the pitch and with Pique’s tendency to get absorbed into prolonged periods of offensive possession, catching him out with swift turnovers is a realistic aim for the visitors.