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Sunday Tips: El Nino to grab all the glory

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There are plenty of enticing fixtures all over the world on Sunday and Paul Robinson has previewed three of them. Here are his selections from Betfair's Sportsbook:

"Fernando Torres was arguably Spain’s best player on Thursday and he looks set to lead the line and win another golden boot at a major tournament."

Back Fernando Torres to score first @ 7.0 (6/1)

Lillestrom v Valerenga  

Back the draw @ 3.3 (23/10)  
Back a 2-2 correct score @ 10.0 (9/1) 

Lillestrom host Valerenga in the Norwegian Tippeligaen on Sunday afternoon and  while the hosts are fancied, I think this could end up being a draw at an appealing 3.3 (23/10).

Lillestrom have dropped to 10th in the league having won just one of their last seven - four of which were defeats. They did manage to scrape through in the Cup against lower level opposition but they were taken to extra time in front of their own fans.

Those who are backing Magnus Haglund's side this weekend will point to the fact that The Canaries haven't lost at Åråsen Stadion in half a dozen matches in all competitions, but the reality is that 50% of those were draws and they have rarely won at home in the last couple of years.

Valerenga have been doing well in the cups of late and they continued their progress in the NM Cupen on Wednesday as they knocked out the plucky Sogndal. It's been a bit of a different story in the league though as Kjetil Rekdal's men are down in 12th place having lost seven of their 13 fixtures to date.

The Bohemians have only been defeated in one of their last four though and they drew 3-3 with the mid-table Sarpsborg 08 in their last away match. 

This fixture finished 1-1 last season and I can see the points being shared once again. I have a feeling we could be in for a couple more goals though as both defences seem to be struggling recently and the 2-2 in the correct score market looks good at 10.0 (9/1).

Brazil v Spain - Live on BBC1 @ 23:00 GMT

Back Spain @ 2.87 (15/8) 
Back Fernando Torres to score first @ 7.0 (6/1) 

The Confederations Cup reaches its climax on Sunday night and despite being taken to extra time by Italy in the semis, I can't leave Spain un-backed at 2.87 (15/8) to win in 90 minutes.

The Brazilians reached the final thanks to a late Paulinho winner against Uruguay in the semi-finals. It could have been a different story if Diego Forlan had converted his early penalty but nevertheless, the goals from Paulinho and Fred were enough to see off a dangerous Uruguay outfit.

This tournament has been viewed as a dress-rehearsal for the World Cup by many and the hosts will be desperate to lift the trophy to boost their confidence going into next summer. Phil Scolari's men have been relatively comfortable throughout the competition but Spain will force them to go up a gear or two and I have concerns about their defence especially.

Spain were poor against Italy but like true champions they got the job done in the end. While they have had 24 hours less rest than their opponents, I wouldn't see it as too much of an issue as the game isn't till late in the evening and they didn't exactly run their socks off against the Italians.

The Spanish haven't lost a competitive match since 2010 and that counts for something as it shows they have a winning mentality against any opposition. 

Fernando Torres was arguably Spain's best player on Thursday and he looks set to lead the line and win another golden boot at a major tournament. El Nino can fire his country to victory here and he's available at 7.0 (6/1) to score the first goal of the match.

New York Red Bulls v Houston Dynamo - Live on ESPN at 19:00 GMT

Back New York Red Bulls @ 1.83 (5/6) 
Back Over 2.5 goals @ 2.0 (1/1) 

The New York Red Bulls have lost their last three in all competitions but visitors Houston Dynamo are also in poor form ahead of their MLS clash, and for that reason, I think New York can get back on the winning trail this weekend.

The Red Bull franchise are currently third in the Eastern Conference however they have played more games than everybody else. They should still qualify for the Final Series but they need to arrest their current slump sooner rather than later.

Head Coach Mike Petke has seen his side lose their last three matches and in each instance they didn't help themselves by having a man sent off - more so in the MLS games. If they can stamp out their indiscipline then their quality should see them through this match, especially with the likes of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill at their disposal.

Houston Dynamo are two points behind New York but they do have a game in hand. Following a decent start to their campaign things have tailed off of late for the Orange Crush and it's now six without victory in the league.

On their last road trip they were beaten 2-0 at Montreal Impact and prior to that they failed to beat either Sporting KC or Columbus Crew. They are big outsiders for this clash for my money, although they are capable of scoring a goal against an out of sorts Red Bull defence. That brings over 2.5 goals into play and that can be backed at an appealing 2.0 (1/1).

Recommended Bets
Back a Lillestrom v Valerenga draw @ 3.3 (23/10)  
Back a 2-2 correct score in Lillestrom v Valerenga @ 10.0 (9/1) 
Back Spain @ 2.87 (15/8) 
Back Fernando Torres to score first @ 7.0 (6/1) 
Back New York Red Bulls @ 1.83 (5/6) 
Back Over 2.5 goals in New York Red Bulls v Houston Dynamo @ 2.0 (1/1) 

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