Spain are a steal for glory at 9/2

PLUM’S PUNTS Mark Plum­mer is on hand to help make you rich dur­ing the World Cup - well, that’s the plan any­way!

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup - GOAL-DEN BOYS

THERE’LL be no pain in Spain (well apart from in Fer­nando Tor­res’ knob­bly knee of course).

De­spite the Liver­pool striker be­ing about as healthy as the av­er­age mar­riage over the next month, vi­cente del Bosque’s boys will soon be bask­ing in the glory of grab­bing the tro­phy from Italy’s pos­ses­sion across the Med.

The only peo­ple who will be cry­ing into their paella are Co­ral who are of­fer­ing a best-priced 9/2 on a Spain suc­cess.

They can ex­pect their shops to be busier than a Benidorm beach in high-sum­mer with odds like that.

And even if the Spa­niards do slip up late on, the 12/5 be­ing of­fered by Paddy Power for them to be the top Euro­pean nation looks a steal. There is no-one in their league on this con­ti­nent.

One other Euro­pean side who could be set for a good sum­mer are Hol­land.

The Dutch (a best price 11/1) are dy­na­mite go­ing for­ward even with­out Ar­jen Robben (age 26, looks 66) who is fight­ing a ham­string tear.

Their pas­sage looks smooth un­til a po­ten­tial quar­ter-fi­nal show­down against Brazil.

But Kaka and co. are not the force of old largely down to their coach go­ing a bit gaga and con­cen­trat­ing on de­fend­ing.

In the past you would have had more chance of get­ting an hon­est an­swer from a politician than Brazil be­ing tight at the back, but new boss Dunga has caused a bit of a stink by shut­ting up shop. YOU don’t have to put your faith in play­ers and coaches though - why not stay safe and gam­ble on bricks and mor­tar?

I reckon there is one very easy way to boost your bank bal­ance over in South Africa and that’s by hav­ing a flut­ter on El­lis Park (5/1 with Stan James) to be the sta­dium that sees the most goals.

The Jo­han­nes­burg arena is famed as a rugby venue, but ex­pect the old onion bag to be bulging on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for the next few weeks when the stars of world foot­ball grace a ground usu­ally re­served for hook­ers.

It plays host to Spain’s cer­tain slaugh­ter of Hon­duras in Group H and Brazil’s nailed-on bat­ter­ing of north Korea in Group G. You would nor­mally need An­gelina Jolie to go on a date with Iain Dowie to find a mis-match of those pro­por­tions.

Throw in Italy v Slo­vakia and the prospect of stag­ing Spain’s sec­ond-round clash and Brazl’s quar­ter-fi­nal and you’ll soon be fill­ing your satchel with money from the lovely book­maker.

You might even be so flush that din­ner with Ms Jolie is on the cards.

Fail­ing that, the mis­sus will def­i­nitely get her mits on it!

GEN­ER­OUS: David Villa is 8/1 to be top scorer.

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