Spain predicted lineup vs Scotland – Rodri to run the show?

Our Spain predicted lineup vs Scotland sees the home team out for revenge after a damaging defeat at Hampden Park earlier this year.

The Scots could be celebrating in Seville come Full Time even if they lose this match, with dropped points for Norway in the other game in Group A guaranteeing them a place in Germany whatever the result here. 

Spain, who are currently 2nd in the group, have more work to do. They can’t qualify on the night, although they’d take a big step towards the Euros with a win.

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Spain predicted lineup vs Scotland

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The Spanish squad has been rocked by a number of injuries in the buildup to this match. Teenage sensation Lamine Yamal who burst onto the scene in the last international break and fellow winger Yeremy Pino have both withdrawn from the squad.

In addition, Luis de la Fuente is missing the likes of Pedri, Marco Asensio and Jose Gaya to injuries. At least two of those players would most likely have started this game if fit.

Pedri’s absence has been a relatively recurrent theme though for Spain in recent times and with Alejandro Balde a natural replacement for Gaya at left-back, the issues shouldn’t cause major alarm for the home team.

Spain predicted lineup

Simon, Balde, Laporte, Le Normand, Carvajal, Merino, Rodri, Gavi, Nico Williams, Morata, Ferran Torres

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Rodri – Midfield maestro should be fresh

Rodri has been serving a suspension in the Premier League which ruled him out of Manchester City’s trip to Arsenal at the weekend. It doesn’t feel like a coincidence that an all conquering City side lost both games when Rodri was unavailable and his importance to Spain also cannot be understated.

The natural heir to Sergio Busquets, his form over the past twelve months suggests he perhaps should have ousted the former Barcelona man from the holding midfield role long ago.

The City midfielder is already the third most experienced player in this Spain squad with 45 caps, a tally only bettered by skipper Alvaro Morata and veteran defender Jesus Navas.

Alvaro Morata
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Alvaro Morata – Striker enjoying a purple patch

Alvaro Morata will spearhead Spain’s attack and is likely to be in direct competition with visiting centre-back Jack Hendry.

The Atletico Madrid forward has not always been the most popular man in Spain and has previously been the subject of the boo boys during his time with La Roja given his tendency to miss chances.

However, Morata is currently enjoying one of the best spells in his career. He has scored twice or more in four games already this season for club and country, including a hat-trick for Spain against Georgia in September.

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Nico Williams – Young winger capable of brilliance

Another dangerman for Spain will be Nico Williams. The Athletic Club youngster could be set for a cracking duel with Scotland wing-back Aaron Hickey and he posted some seriously impressive numbers during the most recent qualifiers.

Despite only spending 91 minutes on the pitch in total against Georgia and Cyprus, Williams registered 3 assists and a goal as Spain ran riot with 7-1 and 6-0 victories to help get their qualifying campaign back on track.

Injuries have prevented him featuring more regularly for his club this term, but the winger has still managed to contribute 2 assists in 6 outings in La Liga.

Will Lamine Yamal play against Scotland?

Scotland’s defence will be spared the challenge posed by electric 16 year old Lamine Yamal. The Barcelona winger has been forced to withdraw from the squad through injury having become his country’s youngest ever goalscorer during the September qualifiers.

Spain predicted lineup vs Scotland – The Final Word

Scotland were worthy victors when they stunned Spain at Hampden Park in the spring. La Roja have recovered well since then though, winning the UEFA Nations League and producing two outstanding performances in September to demolish Cyprus and Georgia.

Their lineup now feels as settled as it has for some time and they’ll fancy they can control this game and perhaps delay the Scottish party for a few more days at least, depending on Norway’s result on Thursday night.

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