Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Spain v England and provides us with his best bets for Monday’s Nations League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Spain v England Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 15/10/18
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: Benito Villamarin
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
Runaway League A, Group 4, leaders Spain play host to England on Monday night knowing the a victory would guarantee them a place in the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Nations League with a game to spare. England on the other hand are still searching for their first win in the competition and would need the 3 points here to stand any chance of going through to the Semi-Finals.
Spain had a poor World Cup by their recent high standards and their campaign in the summer got off to the worst start as the lost their manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament. Former Barcelona boss, Luis Enrique, stepped in as Lopetegui’s replacement after the tournament and has galvanised a Spain side who looked out of sorts in the summer. In their previous 2 matches they have thumped Wales 4-1 and took apart group rivals Croatia as they put 6 goals past the World-Cup runners up.
England are on a run of 4 games without a win and they should have had one in Croatia on Friday but failed to take a number of chances. Gareth Southgate’s men look competitive once again and in the reverse fixture they were unlucky not to take anything from the game. A win in Spain would be a great achievement for England and it’s definitely not beyond possibility but the bookies have England as big 5/1 outsiders to grab the win.
England will be up against it on Monday night and they will need to keep out a home team that has scored 10 goals in its previous two games.Forward Paco Alacacer will be aiming to continue his good form, the Dortmund striker has 5 goals in his last 9 appearances for club and country, including 2 against Wales in the previous game. Alcacer is 9/2 to score first on Monday.
Spain’s dismantling of Croatia was reminiscent of the domination that La Roja had from 2008-2012 and I think that they should run out winners against an England side who will be most likely handing debuts to players in key areas. I like the look of Spain winning and both sides to score in the match at 7/2 (Marathon Bet).
Manchester City defender Stones and Liverpool midfielder Henderson are suspended after both were booked during Friday's 0-0 draw in Croatia.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, 18, came off the bench Rijeka for his debut and could feature again.
Spain, cruised past Wales without anywhere close to a full-strength side out, and Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and Marco Asensio are among the players who could come into the team.
Potential Spain Starting XI: De Gea; Azpilicueta, Macho, Ramos, Alonso; Koke, Busquets, Thiago; Asensio, Rodrigo, Alcacer
Potential Turkey Starting XI: Pickford; Walker, Gomez, Maguire, Chilwell; Maddison, Dier, Barkley; Sterling, Kane, Rashford
Head To Head
England have won just one of their last seven meetings with Spain, with that coming in November 2011 courtesy of Frank Lampard's goal at Wembley.
The Three Lions do edge the overall head-to-head record with 13 wins to Spain's 10, but they have not won in Spain since a 4-2 friendly victory in February 1987, when Gary Lineker scored all of England's goals.
The most recent meeting was at Wembley just last month when goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo cancelled out Rashford's opener in what was their first competitive fixture since 1996.
Key Stats & Facts
- Spain have scored in their last 27 games, they have netted 80 goals in the process.
- Just one of the 26 previous meetings between these sides ended goalless.
- England haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last five games.
- Spain 4/6
- Draw 23/10
- England 5/1
This could be a tough night for England as they’ll have a relatively inexperienced side going up against a quality outfit away from home. I expect Spain to march into the Semi-Finals with a win against the Three Lions but I think Southgate’s men will be able to create chances and can grab themselves a goal.