Spain v England Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 13, 2018
Benito Villamarín - UEFA Nations League
England travel to Spain on Monday, with Gareth Southgate's side needing a win to progress to the Nations League final four. The hosts have finally settled after managerial drama over the summer, and are back to looking a major threat under Luis Enrique.
Marcus Rashford's early strike when the sides last met was cancelled out by Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez, before Rodrigo scored a winner.
Luis Enrique may be tempted to rotate his starting XI, with Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kepa Arrizabalaga all featuring against Wales. Real Madrid's Marco Asensio will be pushing for a start, as will Bayern Munich's Thiago Alacantara.
With John Stones and Jordan Henderson both suspended for Monday's game, Gareth Southgate will have to make some changes to the side that helped England progress to the semi-finals. Having shifted to a 4-3-3 formation, there will be a spot free in midfield, meaning that Harry Winks may get his competitive debut.
Spain v England Preview and Predictions
Having enjoyed very similar World Cup experiences over the summer, England and Spain have seen their fortunes reversed in the Nations League. The Three Lions slow start has seen them lose their opening fixture to their Monday opponents, and put in an underwhelming experience to draw against Croatia.
With the majority of pre-match build up based around Southgate's men seeking revenge on the side that ended their World Cup dreams, the game very much failed to live up to expectation. Croatia have seen a number of key players retire, and have struggled themselves since the summer, but, playing behind closed doors, the World Cup finalists were able to nullify England's threat.
Spain, on the other hand, made short work of Benito Villamarín's men, inflicting the heaviest ever defeat on the side with a 6-0. Having brought in former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, to replace current Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, La Roja have looked a class above the side that crashed out of the World Cup against Russia. The manager has balanced handing new debuts with basing his squad around an experienced spine and is looking to introduce a faster build up into Spain's play.
Three weeks ago, against England, Spain frankly out-classed Southgate's side, with the midfield battle almost over before it began. However, having changed formations, and brought in a few new players, the Three Lions may feel better equipped to tackle the former world champions.
Paco Alcacer to score first at 4/1
The former Barcelona man hit twice against Wales and is enjoying his run in the side.
Spain to win to nil at 6/4
England's attacking threat has diminished of late, and their failure to score against Croatia will only have compounded this.