The opening scrap in Group B is a repeat of the 2010 final as Spain take on the Netherlands and La Roja again look like the ones that will be celebrating at the end.
The World and European champions have been unjustly written off in some quarters and there is some evidence to suggest they are weaker than the team that lifted the trophy in 2010 but they still have quality in abundance and come up against a Dutch side that perhaps lacks a little strength in depth.
Bookies seem to agree so the holders are odds-on at 17/20 with Winner.com to collect maximum points in Salvador.
Both sides possess enough attacking quality to get on the scoresheet, an outcome Coral quote at 11/8 and with that in mind, BetVictor’s 19/2 for a 2-1 Spain triumph isn’t without appeal. However, a better bet is William Hill’s 2/1 for Vicente del Bosqie’s charges to be in front at the end of each half.
Diego Costa meanwhile, has declared himself fit for the finals, which is a major boost for the Spanish and the Chelsea new boy will be well backed at 9/2 via Skybet to break the deadlock.
Spain/Spain in the HT/FT betting – 2/1 (William Hill)