Soccer Picks: Confederations Cup Spain vs. Tahiti

Mike Richardson

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:53 PM GMT

Take a look ahead to possibly the most predictable result in football when Spain takes on Tahiti in FIFA’s Confederations Cup.


You'd have to be pretty brave bettor to go against the Spaniards in this one, but that doesn't mean there isn’t money to be made if you follow your Humble Handicapper’s tips when choosing your soccer picks.

Spain is on a roll at the moment, as they just seem to be winning and winning and winning again. They’re looking at four straight back-to-back victories and have conceded just two goals in those four games and three in their last five games in total. You would have to go all the way back to March 22nd to find a game where they didn't come out on top and that match was a World Cup qualifier draw against Finland.

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That result looks like ancient history and Spain have looked commanding since then. By comparison, Tahiti are hardly looking like world-beaters. You should remember that New Zealand did the double over them in their World Cup qualifiers, putting five goals past them -two away and three at home- without a single goal in response. Plus, there’s that 6-1 dropping Tahiti suffered at the hands of Nigeria last Monday as well!

There's virtually nothing in their record that gives Spain any cause to be concerned. Indeed, it does look very much like Tahiti are marking time until they get sent home.

There’s still a bit of time before this match kicks off and most bookies are playing it close to the chest. However, they all seem to agree that it’ll be heavy weather for Tahiti and a big fat victory for Spain.

For you to make money on this one, a clever bettor would probably have to bet on the correct score. Though Spain winning both halves is not too tempting, if you were to bet on Tahiti winning both halves I'd think you were as daft as my neighbour's cat.

The only half time / full time soccer odds that turn my head are on Tahiti being level at the 45' mark, but Spain winning at the 90' – it's the only way this match could turn out as anything other than a Spain-Spain special.

Everyone with any sense will be betting on Spain winning this game; the only question is by just how wide a margin. The bookies think it will by plenty, and are offering up only tight odds for a 7.5 and over score line; but, if you think it’s going to be a 10-goal or more Spanish bonanza… that’s where the big money lies.

Prediction: Spain wins 7-1. Check it out at William Hill!