Spain will be looking to strengthen their lead at the top of the table when they hit the road for the Euro 2020 qualifier Group F assignment against hosts Norway at Ullevaal Stadion.
But the home side have their own targets to achieve. Following a decent campaign, they find themselves in a situation where a couple of wins may propel them into the second spot.
That said, they face a challenge though. Not only they need to win their games but hope that Sweden drops points here and there leading upto the last round.
As mentioned, Spain are sitting comfortably at the top, having won all the six games heading into this match.
If the two-time European champions will become the first team to qualify for the Euro 2020, if they win at Ullevaal Stadion, and Romania fail to beat the Faroe Islands in their match.
The European Qualifiers match will be played between Norway and Spain at Ullevaal Stadion, in Oslo, Norway. The ground has a capacity of 28,000.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Sunday, October 13.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Norway – L D D W W D
Spain – W W W W W W
Norway Team News:
Teenage sensation Erling Haaland pulled out of the Norway squad due to an injury. The 19-year-old Norwegian hogged the limelight all over the world after scoring a sensation first-half hattrick against Genk in the Champions League for Red Bull Salzburg. He continued his impressive form with a goal at Anfield against Liverpool. He will be missed.
Norway will also miss Andre Hansen (hamstring) and Ruben Gabrielsen (ankle) with injuries.
Sondre Rossbach, Sigurd Rosted and Mohamed Elyounoussi have been roped in as replacements for the above mentioned injured trio.
Head coach Lars Lagerbäck opted for a 4-4-1-1 formation in the last two games and is expected to stick to that tactics here as well.
Bournemouth striker Joshua King is fit and is in the squad. He will be leading the attack for the hosts, with in-form Real Sociedad playmaker Martin Ødegaard playing just behind him.
Despite turning 35, Rune Jarstein is expected to start in goal for the hosts, with Havard Nordtveidt, Omar Elabdellaoui, Haitam Aleesami and Even Hovland composing the backline.
Norway Probable XI:
Jarstein (GK), Elabdellaoui, Nordtveidt, Hovland, Aleesami, Johansen, Henriksen, Berge, Selnaes, Odegaard, King
Spain FC Team News:
Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba has failed to make the cut due to an injury. He is joined by Valencia left-back Jose Gaya on the sidelines.
While Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer along with Atletico Madrid’s Mario Hermoso hasn’t been called up by manager Roberto Moreno.
Fabian Ruiz and Dani Ceballos both missed training on Wednesday but should be fine for the game.
New faces in Spain’s squad and who gets the nod?
New Spain coach Robert Moreno is already making his mark on the national team. He has two wins from as many games since replacing Luis Enrique at the hot seat and is not shying away from taking tough decisions.
For long, David De Gea has been seen as an undisputed no-1 at Spain set-up, but due to his lack of consistency of late, Moreno has used Kepa Arrizabalaga as his no-1. Expect the Chelsea shot-stopper to get the nod here as well.
He has also handed three players their first international call-up with Gerard Moreno, Pau Torres and Sergio Reguilon getting picked.
Sergio Ramos will captain the side once again while his partner should be Real Sociedad centre-back Diego Llorente. Full backs slots should be occupied by Juan Bernat at left-back, with Dani Carvajal on the opposite flank.
Rodri and Sergio Busquets battle for a place in the centre of midfield, but we expect the Barcelona star to pip Man City man in this game.
While players such as Saul, Ruiz, Thiago Alcantara, Santi Cazorla and Ceballos all could be named in the midfield.
Gerard Moreno has been exceptional for Villarreal this season and will be pushing for a start.
Spain Probable XI:
Kepa (GK), Carvajal, Llorente, Ramos, Bernat, Ruiz, Busquets, Saul, Sarabia, Rodrigo, Oyarzabal
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SPA vs NRW Dream11 potential winner:
Spain should at least get a draw here.