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Spain vs England - Match Preview

14 Oct 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL: UEFA Nations League, League A, Gr. 4
INTERNATIONAL: UEFA Nations League, League A, Gr. 4

Spain

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
15 October 2018

England

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 15 October 2018

The introduction of the UEFA Nations League has brought a new identity to the international break and for many fans, it makes them seem less pointless. There’s a heavyweight clash on Monday as Spain host England in both sides’ third group match.

STATS

  • Spain were disappointingly knocked out by the hosts at the World Cup in Russia over the summer. However, they’ve been brilliant since winning each of their last three matches including their first Nations League match, which was a 2-1 win against England at Wembley. They have scored 10 goals in the two games since, beating World Cup runners-up Croatia 6-0 and Wales 4-1 last week.
  • England enjoyed their joint second best World Cup finish over the summer after making the semi-final. Their form since hasn’t been up to standard though with a loss, a draw and a win. They were beaten 2-1 by Spain before narrowly beating Switzerland 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with Croatia on Friday night. These results aren’t particularly promising especially as Gareth Southgate has signed a new contract for the Three Lions.
  • Three Spanish players have netted more than one of the 12 goals they have scored since the World Cup: Saul, Rodrigo and Paco Alcacer, with six other players scoring a single goal.
  • Marcus Rashford has scored both of England’s goals since their return from Russia but he missed a number of simple chances in the draw with Croatia on Friday.

HEAD TO HEAD

England won’t be able to take much confidence from their recent record with Spain as they have only beaten them once in their last seven meetings. The Spaniards have won on five occasions in that time and will be hopeful to make it six out of eight on Monday. After five matches where both teams and over 2.5 goals didn’t land, the last two have seen both with a 2-1 win for Spain and 2-2 draw. Rashford opened the scoring when they met just over a month ago but goals from Saul and Rodrigo secured a 2-1 win for Spain.

SPAIN NEWS

The big omissions from the Spanish squad for the match are Isco, Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto and Diego Costa who are all nursing injuries. Although, they should have more than enough quality to compensate.

Latest matches: Spain

11.10.2018 Int. Wales Spain 1:4 W
11.09.2018 UEFA Spain Croatia 6:0 W
08.09.2018 UEFA England Spain 1:2 W
01.07.2018 Worl Spain Russia 4:5 L
25.06.2018 Worl Spain Morocco 2:2 D

ENGLAND NEWS

Southgate must replace John Stones and Jordan Henderson as their bookings against Croatia mean that they are now suspended for the clash with Spain. This might make way for either Harry Winks or James Maddison in midfield, the latter would be making his debut.

Latest matches: England

12.10.2018 UEFA Croatia England 0:0 D
11.09.2018 Int. England Switzerland 1:0 W
08.09.2018 UEFA England Spain 1:2 L
14.07.2018 Worl Belgium England 2:0 L
11.07.2018 Worl Croatia England 2:1 L

SUMMARY

Despite England getting further in the World Cup than Spain, it’s hard to see past the hosts winning this clash in Seville. The Three Lions haven’t looked in goal scoring form since the World Cup so it might be wise to back Spain to win to nil. Spain look formidable in front of goal so backing them to score over 1.5 goals is also a good shout.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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