SPA vs ROM Dream11: Spain will look to end the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on a high when they host Romania in the last game at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, in Madrid on Mondy night (IST).
The La Roja secured the top spot in Group F after beating Malta 7-0 in the last game, and are guaranteed to end the campaign as the group leader irrespective of the result in the last game. Romania, meanwhile, suffered a knockout blow when they lost 0-2 at home to Sweden in what was a Euro 2020 playoff for either team. That said, Romania can still qualify for the Euro 2020 as they are guaranteed a playoff spot due to their unbeaten campaign in the UEFA Nations League.
So in a sense, this game may not impact either team in their grand scheme of things, both the manager will still take the game seriously and will be going with the full resources here.
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Competition: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 19, @ 01:15 AM
Match Venue: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
Spain have certainly lived up to their favorite tag in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign as they remain unbeaten and sit at the top of the group having won seven times in nine games. It’s no wonder that they are the odds-on favorite to win this home tilt against Romania.
Indeed, Romania can not qualify to Euro 2020 from this group, but they have done reasonably well in the qualifying campaign. They did the double over both the Faroe Islands and Malta and suffered just one away defeat in the whole campaign.
But the trip to Spain will be as difficult as it can get for any team, and that’s how the betting market is looking at this fixture.
Spain are expected to win the game by the goals-to-nil margin.
Here are the odds:
Spain to win: 2/13
Romani to win: 14/1
Spain team news:
Marco Asensio remains a long-term injury absentee for both Real Madrid and Spain. The 23-year-old suffered a severe knee ligament injury in the off-season. Nacho is also out with a long-term injury absentee, while, Carlos Soler and Rodrigo and Carlos Soler, as well as Iago Aspas, are also injured at the moment.
With the qualification to Euro 2020 sealed, manager Robert Moreno is expected to ring in changes here.
We expect either Inigo Martinez or Pau Torres to replace Raul Albiol at the back. Sergio Ramos will lead the team, while Dani Carvajal and Jose Gaya are pushing for the start as well. If the duo starts, expect Navas and Bernat to make way for them in the playing 11.
Sergio Busquets wasn’t involved in the last game, so expect the Barcelona star to start here, while Saul Niguez also pushes for a start.
All eyes will be on Dani Almo in this game. The 21-year-old was a surprise inclusion in Spain’s squad, and he repaid his manager’s faith in him with a goal off the bench.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pau Lopez
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Jesus Navas, Jose Gaya, Inigo Martinez, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Juan Bernat
Midfielders: Santi Cazorla, Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Fabian Ruiz, Saul, Thiago
Forwards: Mikel Oyarzabal, Gerard Moreno, Rodrigo, Paco Alcacer, Alvaro Morata, Dani Olmo
Romania team news:
For Romania, Florin Andone, Vlad Chiriches, and Dragos Grigore remain out due to injury.
Denis Alibec impressed off the bench in the last game and will be looking to earn a spot in Romani’s playing 11.
Goalkeeper: Ciprian Tătărușanu, Silviu Lung Jr., Florin Niță
Defenders: Romario Benzar, Alin Toșca, Nicușor Bancu, Ionuț Nedelcearu, Adrian Rus, Iulian Cristea, Andrei Burcă, Vasile Mogos
Midfielders: Nicolae Stanciu, Ciprian Deac, Răzvan Marin, Constantin Budescu, Alexandru Mitriță, Ianis Hagi, Tudor Băluță, Alexandru Cicâldău, Dan Nistor, Florinel Coman
Forwards: Claudiu Keșerü, George Pușcaș, Denis Alibec
Spain: De Gea (GK), Carvajal, Torres / Martinez, Ramos, Gaya, Busquets, Thiago, Niguez, Oyarzabal, Alcacer, Olmo / Morata
Romania: Tatarusanu (GK), Mogos, Rus, Nedelcearu, Bancu, Deac, Baluta, Hagi, Mitrita, Puscas, Alibec
As we discussed above, the home team will go into the match as clear favorites.