Second in pursuit of Portugal, two points behind in UEFA Nations League Group A2, Luis Enrique’s Spain face the Czech Republic at home at Estadio La Rosaleda in Malaga on matchday four. After two draws in a row, ‘’La Furia Roja’’ took their first victory in Switzerland with a goal by Pablo Sarabia.
The Czech Republic, under coach Jaroslav Silhavy, had a strong start, but after a win and a draw, they suffered the first knockout of the competition, losing to Portugal 2-0. The two teams met on June 5 in the first leg match in Prague, and the final result was 2-2.
Following their victory in the Nations League against Switzerland by a score of 1-0, Spain will be looking for a similar outcome when they take on Portugal.
Spain had 66 percent of the possession and 7 shots on goal, with three of them finding the back of the net. Pablo Sarabia was the lone player on the Spanish team to score (in the 13th minute). Switzerland had a total of six shots on goal, but only one of them was successful.
Spain have been able to put the ball in the back of the net in each and every one of their most recent six matches, demonstrating that they are unable to stop scoring goals.
They scored a total of 12 goals throughout that time period, while they gave up a total of 4 goals to their opponents.
Czech Republic WLDWDL
After suffering a defeat in their most recent match in the tournament for the Nations League against Portugal, the Czech Republic will be looking to turn things around today.
During the game, the Czech Republic had 37% of the ball control and 9 shots on goal, with only one of them finding the back of the net. Their rivals from Portugal had 11 shots on goal, with five of them landing in the target area. João Cancelo (33′) and Goncalo Guedes (38′) scored for Portugal.
The statistics don’t lie: in the Czech Republic’s previous six matches, they’ve allowed their opponents to score in five of those contests, for a total of seven goals scored. At the back, it seems that the Czech Republic has a bit of a weak spot in the middle.
Injured and suspended
Spain: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Czech Republic: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Spain vs Czech Republic Predicted XI
Spain Predicted XI: Sanchez, Carvajal, Garcia, Martinez, Alonso, Koke, Rodri, Soler, Asensio, Torres, Olmo.
Czech Republic Predicted XI: Vaclik, Mateju, Brabec, Zima, Coufal, Kral, Soucek, Zeleny, Hlozek, Kuchta, Pesek.
The odds of a Spanish victory in this challenge are decidedly low, confirming the strength of the Red Furies, especially when they play at home.
When Spain takes the field against the Czech Republic, a team that will have a difficult time reaching the back of the net themselves, we feel they have what it takes to generate enough scoring opportunities to score more than one goal.
After all is said and done, we anticipate Spain will emerge victorious by a score of 2-0.
There are still two places left to be assigned at the next World Cup in Qatar, and one will be won by the winner of the match between Australia and Peru. The match is scheduled at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, one of the stadiums that will host the finals of the World Cup in the autumn. The Australian selection of Graham Arnold has already hit that pitch in the play-off between third-placed Asian confederations and on June 7 they overtook the United Arab Emirates 2-1 thanks to goals from Jackson Irvine and Ajdin Hrustic.
Peru, fifth classified in the South American qualifying phase, has instead prepared for this engagement by playing a friendly against New Zealand and scoring in the victorious match in Barcelona, Spain, was for the Peruvians of Ricardo Gareca, the striker from Benevento, Gianluca Lapadula.
Following their most recent victory, which came against the UAE in the WC Qualifiers-Asia competition, Australia is looking to add another victory to their resume.
In recent years, Australia has not maintained a perfect record a very high percentage of the time. According to the data, Australia’s defense has been penetrated in 5 of their past 6 matches, which has resulted in a total of 7 goals being conceded by the team.
Peru beat Paraguay 2-0 in their last World Cup Qualifying – South American match, and they will bring that momentum into this game.
A remarkably low number of goals have been scored between Peru and its opponents during the course of five of the past six games that Peru has participated in. The aggregate average number of goals scored each game during that stretch was a meager 1.83, with ‘’La Blanquirroja’’ scoring an average of 1.33 goals per game on their own.
Injured and suspended
Australia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Peru: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Australia vs Peru Predicted XI
Australia Predicted XI: Ryan, Karacic, Rowles, Wright, Davidson, Dougall, Mooy, Mabil, McGree, Hrustic, MacLaren.
Peru Predicted XI: Gallese, Corzo, Ramos, Callens, Trauco, Carrillo, Pena, Aquino, Yotun, Cueva, Valera
The stakes are very high and whoever wins goes to the World Cup. Peru seems better equipped, as confirmed by the odds of the bookmakers.
We have the impression that Australia has the firepower to score against this Peru squad; however, we also believe that a single goal may not be enough for Australia to avoid defeat.
As a result, we believe that Peru will emerge victorious with a score of 1-2 after all is said and done.