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As players move away from their domestic duties, the international break is ready to serve up the next round of European Championship qualifiers, with things starting to heat up in Group A.
Georgia will play host to Spain in the next round of fixtures in the group, as both sides look to build on the results they’ve already secured in the qualifiers.
The Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena will be the host to the fixture, a historical stadium in Tbilisi with a capacity of 54,549, the perfect location for tonight’s showdown.
Georgia vs Spain predicted lineups and news
Spain will be hoping to kickstart their qualification battle, having only played two fixtures so far in Group A, with results that sit them in 4th place at present.
Georgia have a game advantage on the Spaniards, as well as a points advantage, with both sides desperate to win this evening to narrow the gap between Scotland and the rest of the pile.
Team news: Georgia
Back in March, the Georgian’s got their qualification underway with a 1-1 draw against Norway, following by claiming their first win in the second round of fixtures in June. A 2-1 win against Cyprus was quickly dampened by a 2-0 loss to Scotland, who lead the pack with a perfect four wins from four so far in the group.
Three goals have been scored by tonight’s hosts so far, two of which claimed by Ajax striker Georges Mitautadze, who will be one to watch for Spain.
The Spaniards will be familiar with the man between the posts for the hosts, with Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili the first choice shot stopper for Willy Sagnol’s side.
The Georgian national team can’t be spoken about without the mention of star man Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who took Naples by storm after playing a huge part in Napoli’s Serie A winning campaign last term. Deployed on the wing, the skillful forward has scored 10 in 22 appearances for his country, and will be an area of caution for tonight’s visitors.
Georgia predicted lineup
Mamardashvili, Kvirkvelia, Kashia, Dvali, Gocholeishvili, Chakvetadze, Aburjania, Kiteishvili, Azarovi, Mikaudtadze, Kvaratskhelia
Team news: Spain
Amid the controversy surrounding the women’s national team, Spain will be hoping to replicate the heroics of their counterparts by generating some form in Group A.
A 3-0 win in March against Norway set the tone for the qualifiers, however Luis de la Fuente’s side were stunned in Glasgow when they were beaten 2-0 by Scotland in their second match.
Having only played twice, Spain sit in 4th place, a position that they will hope to move away from in their upcoming fixtures during this break.
There aren’t any injuries or exclusions out of the ordinary to report for the visitors, with the side posing the ultimate mix of experience and youth for the two fixtures ahead.
Spain predicted lineup
Simon, Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Balde, Rodri, Ruiz, Asensio, Gavi, Olmo, Morata
Lamine Yamal is welcomed in the Spanish National Team. pic.twitter.com/CQuDMEyGgm
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) September 7, 2023
Will Lamine Yamal make history?
Away from the huge names in Spain’s squad, Barcelona starlet Lamine Yamal was given the nod to earn his first senior call up for his country at just 16 years old.
If the 2007-born wonder gets some minutes under his belt against Georgia, he will become the youngest ever player to feature for Spain, making him a history breaker on his first call up for his country.
De la Fuente backed his decision to select the teenager by saying he has “blind confidence” in his ability, boosting the 16-year-old’s confidence in what has been a stellar year for his budding career.
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