Spain now 7/1 to triumph in Russia after the shock dismissal of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament
Spain have been widely tipped to win the 2018 World Cup, although the past few days have seen Julen Lopetegui announced as the new Real Madrid manager before being relieved of his national team duties.
It’s been quite a turn of events, with the Spanish national team in disarray ahead of Friday’s World Cup opener against Portugal, with the bookmakers taking a dim view of their chances of claiming victory in this tournament.
Bet365 were quick to lengthen La Roja’s odds from 6/1 to 13/2, while BetVictor have gone 7/1 and it’s clear that the bookies are happy to fill their satchels now that the Spanish FA are scrambling around for a Plan B following the dismissal of their manager.
Bet365 make Brazil the 4/1 favourites to win the World Cup, with the Samba Stars having an easy opening clash against Switzerland, while Germany are slightly bigger at 9/2 and will be boosted by the Spain news considering the two teams are scheduled to meet in the semi-finals.
France are a 13/2 poke and might go off third favourites with some bookmakers depending on what happens in the Spain camp.
La Roja begin the 2018 World Cup with a tricky clash against Portugal, with Paddy Power now chalking up 11/10 about a Spain team who will have to quickly regroup following the disharmony in the camp.
It is thought that the Spanish FA are furious with the way in which Lopetegui agreed to join Real Madrid behind their back, with Portugal now 3/1 with bet365 to enjoy an opening Group B win.
All odds were correct at time of posting.