Tunisia vs. Spain
|Date & Time||Saturday June 9, 2018, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Spain -333 / Draw +360 / Tunisia +950 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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A pair of World Cup hopefuls go head-to-head in their respective final tune-up matches before the World Cup next week when Spain takes on Tunisia.
Spain will look to keep their strong run of form going, unbeaten in their last 19 games which coincides with them being knocked out from Euro 2016. The Spaniards took notice of some of their competition after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their last outing. Alvaro Odriozola gave Spain the lead 29 minutes in, but Switzerland would equalize just after the hour mark to end the match in a stalemate. Spain dominated the Swiss from a statistical standpoint, owning 65% possession while outshooting the Swiss 18-5, with 5 shots on goal to Switzerland’s 2.
Tunisia on the other hand are looking to keep their own run of form going, with the African side going unbeaten in over a year with their last loss coming to fellow World Cup side Morocco. The Tunisians extended their unbeaten run to nine games with back-to-back 2-2 draws against the defending European champions in Portugal and against a very game Turkish side in their last outing. Tunisia fell behind 54 minutes in but equalized 2 minutes later. The Tunisians got a break in the 59th minute when Turkish striker Cenk Tosun was sent off and Tunisia made Turkey pay with a goal to put themselves 2-1 up in the 79th minute, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as Turkey tied it in the last couple minutes of the game. Tunisia owned 60% of the possession, outshooting Turkey 8-6 with each side logging 3 shots on goal.
The only time these two sides have met was in the 2006 World Cup, a game in which Spain won 3-1.
The plus money with Tunisia or the draw is tempting considering this game is being played at a neutral site in Russia, and Tunisia have been impressive against some stiff competition. However, Spain is a completely different animal, and let’s not forget that before their tie with the Swiss, the Spaniards demolished Argentina 6-1, and drew 1-1 against the defending World Cup champions. All in all, I don’t think this is a game the Spanish take lightly and head into the big tournament on a high with a win here.