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Spain v Belarus Odds : Spanish edge closer to World Cup 2014 qualification

Latest Spain v Belarus odds from World Cup Qualifying Group I, as Bet365 release the latest odds on the game, with the Spanish predictably very short priced favourites at 1/14. (KO 21:00GMT)

The reigning World Champions Spain will aim to edge closer to next year’s World Cup when they host Belarus in their qualification game in hand on Friday.

The Spanish currently sit level on 14 points with France at the top of Group I and need just four points from their final two games to seal a place in Rio.

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Vicente del Bosque side won 4-0 when they the two sides met in Minsk last October, with Pedro scoring a hat-trick and another win in Mallorca would mean that a point at home to Georgia would secure automatic qualification and condemn France to the play offs.

Spain have minor doubts over Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta ahead of the game but will definitely be without the injured David Villa and Jordi Alba with uncapped duo Michu and Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno coming in.

Swansea striker Michu has been rewarded for his fine form since moving to the Premier league last summer and the 27 year old is keen to grab his opportunity telling reporters “For any footballer, playing for the national team is as good as it gets, it’s the biggest achievement of my career,”

“I was a bit nervous coming here but once you get on to the pitch everything is much easier.

“Right now I am just enjoying the training sessions. For me it’s a gift being here with some of the world’s best players and I am ready to play wherever the coach sees fit.”

The Belarusian’s currently sit bottom of the Group with just one win, a 2-0 success over Georgia, from their seven matches to date. Georgi Kondratiev’s side have yet to pick up a point on their travels suffering narrow 1-0 defeats to Georgia and Finland before losing 3-1 to France in Paris.

Despite their poor away record, Kondratiev has vowed that his side won’t lie down and let their hosts come at them.

“We are going to try not going on the defensive, not to ‘park the bus’, as they say,” he said.

“We will try to play our game based on rapid counter attacks.

“We will try to play like we did against France, which was a 3-4-3 formation, not 4-5-1 as some said, as our full-backs are very attacking and are really like forwards.”

Belarus will be without the suspended Aleksandr Hleb while Edgar Olekhnovich is also likely to miss out due to injury.

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