Andrew Hughes thinks Spain will have no problem getting past Russia on Sunday as he lines up another weekend treble.
“The direct aerial approach is not likely to trouble Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, and Spain’s intricate passing game should make short work of a dodgy Russian defence.”
World Cup hosts Russia were made to look like world beaters by a woeful Saudi Arabia side in their opening game, but their final Group A encounter against Uruguay was a reminder of their limitations and Spain will brush them aside on Sunday.
Russian boss Stanislov Cherchesov is not known for his tactical acumen, and it turned out that his Plan B - lump the ball forward to the giant Artem Dzyuba - was better than his Plan A, ruined when Alan Dzagoev limped off in the opening match.
The direct aerial approach is not likely to trouble Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, and Spain's intricate passing game should make short work of a dodgy Russian defence. Previous Spanish sides have lacked a centre-forward threat, but as the must-read Infogol Preview points out, the combative Diego Costa is in top form. Back Spain to progress to the quarter-finals with the minimum of fuss.
There's plenty of rugby league action this weekend and you can catch all the latest previews and tips on the Betting.Betfair rugby league pages.
In the NRL, the Gold Coast Titans will be in confident mood after their impressive win against the Bulldogs last time. The likely absence of key Wests Tigers men Benji Marshall and Josh Reynolds will also give the Titans optimism this weekend.
But Tigers will be boosted by the arrival of Moses Mbye and the return of Robbie Farah, which will give halfback Luke Brooks some dangerous new options in attack, and I'm backing the Tigers to prevail at home against a Titans side that has conceded an average of 25.4 points per game so far this season.
Arizona Diamondbacks are leading the way in the MLB National League West, but San Francisco Giants are closing the gap and can follow up Friday's win to clinch a three game series in Phoenix.
Both teams are in form, but the Giants will have the edge on the mound in this game, as Derek Rodriguez bids to win his fifth game in six for San Francisco, while Arizona have to rely on Shelby Miller, who has has yet to return to his best form after his comeback from elbow surgery. Back the Giants to win this one.
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