Kick Off: 1945, 09/06/2018
Stadium: Krasnodar Stadium
Spain will be keen to make a statement of intent when facing Tunisia in Krasnodar, six days before taking on Portugal in their World Cup opener.
La Roja are among the favourites to claim outright glory at Russia 2018, following a couple of disappointing efforts at the last two major tournaments.
The Eagles of Carthage are expected to struggle in England’s group, so let’s go with a 2-0 scoreline at 5/1 in our Spain vs Tunisia betting tips.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Spain dropped just two points from 10 games in World Cup qualifying, when drawing 1-1 with Italy in Turin, scoring 36 goals in those games and letting in just three.
There have been flashes of brilliance in subsequent friendlies, with Costa Rica crushed 5-0 and mighty Argentina hammered 6-1.
Julen Lopetegui will also be happy with a 1-1 stalemate in Germany, but draws against Russia and Switzerland were less convincing.
La Roja did not have any of their Real Madrid players when held by the Swiss, though, while David de Gea made a rare mistake for the equaliser in that match.
Spain dominated in terms of possession and chances in Villarreal and Lopetegui will want to see more of a ruthless streak if the same applies here.
A Look At Tunisia’s Betting Odds
Tunisia registered four wins in a six-match unbeaten run that saw them just edge out the Democratic Republic of Congo in their African qualifying pool.
However, head coach Nabil Maaloul knows they will face tougher tests this summer when taking on the Three Lions and Belgium, before a closing clash with Panama.
The Eagles of Carthage have continued to prove hard to beat in friendlies, beating both Iran and Costa Rica 1-0 before 2-2 draws against Portugal and Turkey.
That form suggests they are unlikely to take a hiding here, but on the other hand we don’t think they will see much of the ball versus such stylish opponents.
For those who like to hedge their bets with a multiple correct score option, 6/5 for La Roja to prevail 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 is included in our Spain vs Tunisia betting predictions.
SPAIN 1-1 Switzerland – Alvaro Odriozola
TUNISIA 2-2 Turkey – Anice Badri, Ferjani Sassi
Head-to-head: Spain 3-1 Tunisia
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