Spain – Russia World Cup Tips
Of course, both teams are aiming for a quarter-final place in the world. No benefit in terms of motivation
State of form
Winner of Group B, Spain finished just ahead of Portugal in the standings, with the same number of points on the clock, but a goal-average slightly favorable, only to the number of goals scored. Author of a satisfactory preparation (1 success – 1 draw) but shaken by the “Lopetegui affair”, the Roja first conceded a spectacular draw against the Portuguese (3-3), before mastering Iran (1 -0), then to tremble against Morocco (2-2), with a miraculous equalization of Iago Aspas in the 92nd.
Organizing country and directly qualified for this World Cup 2018, Russia has perfectly started its world, aligning 2 successful success against Saudi Arabia (5-0) and Egypt (3-1). Already qualified, the teammates of Igor Akinfeev however chained by a big defeat against Uruguay during the 3rd day (3-0), while blowing some executives. Following this setback, the Sbornaya dropped its leader chair in Group A to finish 2nd, just behind the Celeste.
Headcount for Spain – Russia
Headed for the selection 3 days before the start of the competition, Fernando Hierro did not change much to the system previously installed by Julen Lopetegui. De Gea holds in the bars, behind the untouchable Carvajal-Piqué-Ramos-Alba foursome. In the middle Busquets and Iniesta will be associated with Koke or Thiago Alcantara, while in front of the duo Isco-David Silva supports the formidable goalscorer Diego Costa (3 goals).
Following its conceded defeat against Uruguay, Russia should resettle all its strongmen for the 8th finals and align a similar eleven to that of the match against Egypt. Note that the excellent midfielder Dzagoev is still absent from injury and will be replaced once again by Cheryshev, scorer of the team with 3 goals. In front, the giant Dzyuba is now preferred to Smolov. Expelled against Uruguay, substitute defender Smolinkov is suspended for the 8th finals.
Probable compositions for Spain – Russia (appointment at 15h for official compositions):
Spain: De Gea – Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba – Koke (or Thiago Alcantara), Busquets, Iniesta – Isco, David Silva, Diego Costa. .
Russia: Akinfeev – Mario Fernandes, Ignashevich, Koutepov, Zhirkov – Zobnin, Gazinsky – Golovin, Samedov, Cheryshev – Dzyuba.
Spain – Russia Prediction
Despite the known difficulties in pool, Spain should logically raise its level of play in the round of 16 and thus get rid of a Russian team largely within reach. Victory of Spain
Insider TIP: victory of Spain
Insider TIP: Diego Costa scorer
Insider TIP: victory of Spain with the two teams that score