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? Spain vs. Romania Match Preview & Line-ups: European Qualifiers

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Spain tackle Romania to round off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in style when they meet Group F rivals Romania at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Competition:

EURO Qualification

Date: Monday, 18 November 2019

Time: 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET

Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)

Last meeting result:

Spain

2-1

Romania

Only two days of action remain for the first phase of UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers to come to an end. Group F leaders

Spain

hope to proceed with their solid run of form when they welcome

Romania

to Wanda Metropolitano.

Spain

guaranteed their place at next year's finals with a 7-0 win over Malta earlier this week, while

Romania

's hopes of reaching successive European Championships took a significant blow following a 2-0 defeat to Sweden on Thursday.

Spain

have been on a solid run of form all through 2019 and appear to be finally moving on from their inconsistencies in recent years. The change of guard at the managerial level hardly seems to have affected

La Furia Roja

, who gave a reminder of their credentials in a 7-0 win over Malta on Matchday 9.

Romania

suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sweden on Friday, meaning that they have no chance at qualifying automatically for Euro 2020. But, Cosmin Contra’s men have guaranteed a place in the playoffs as one of the best third-placed teams and will have a second chance at staking a claim at next summer’s tournament.

The reverse fixture, played on Matchday 5 in Bucharest, saw ten-man

Spain

beat

Romania

2-1, with Sergio Ramos and Paco Alcacer netting the goals for the former European champions.

Team News & Tactics:

Spain

Robert Moreno

does not have any fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of his side’s latest fixture. The

Spain

head coach is likely to shuffle his side up once again as he continues to identify the players who will make the final squad next summer.

 Kepa Arrizabalaga seems to be assured of a place in the squad for Euro 2020 and is, thus, likely to be rested against

Romania

once again. Pau Lopez had a quiet outing against Malta but might make way for David de Gea, who is striving to regain his place as the first-choice goalkeeper for Spain.

The defense should see some changes as well, with Dani Carvajal and Jose Gaya coming into the side as the full-back pairing, replacing Jesus Navas and Juan Bernat. Sergio Ramos ought to start at the heart of

Spain

’s defense once again, but should have Pau Torres as his partner.

Rodri will likely make way for Sergio Busquets, while Fabian Ruiz ought to assume the creative hat from Santi Cazorla. Thiago Alcantara should retain his place in the three-man unit and will be charged with driving

Spain

forward.

Dani Olmo impressed on debut, scoring mere moments after being subbed in. The young forward should be rewarded with a start against

Romania

. Paco Alcacer is likely to be given a chance to impress, leading the line for Spain, with Mikel Oyarzabal completing the three-pronged attack.

Unavailable: Jordi Alba (Injured), Marco Asensio (Injured), Dani Ceballos (Injured), Rodrigo (Injured), Adama Traore (Injured)

Romania

Florin Andone is the only casualty for Romania ahead of the visit to

Spain

. Otherwise, Cosmin Contra has nearly all of his regulars at his disposal, with the head coach set to name a strong side to take on

La Furia Roja

on Monday.

Veteran goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu ought to start between the sticks once again, with Contra retaining the 4-4-2 formation from the last game. Romario Benzar and Alin Tosca should return to the starting lineup on either flank, with Adrian Rus and Ionut Nedelcearu continuing their central defensive partnership.

The midfield should see a couple of changes, with Razvan Marin holding the fort in front of defense while Ianis Hagi will be charged with being the creative outlet for the visitors. Nicolae Stanciu could move out wide, with Alexandru Mitrita being the other winger.

Denis Alibec is in contention to start after impressing off the bench against Sweden. Alibec ought to have George Puscas as his strike partner against

Spain

.

Unavailable: Grigore (Injured), Chiriches (Injured), Andone (Injured)

Robert Moreno,

Spain

coach told reporters, "Our objective is to be seeded [for the draw]. It is better to reach UEFA EURO 2020 with victories, the feeling of doing well than to arrive with doubts. This is what we have been looking for. After Monday’s game, it will be another four months before we see the players again, but experience tells me that when they will return they will remember what we have always asked of them. Great players have that ability."

Cosmin Contra,

Romania

coach stated that, "The most important thing is that the match against

Spain

is a special one for me and that special and strong characters get back to their feet when they fall down. The players are very down after the defeat by Sweden, we've had two very difficult days. My message to them is to learn from what happened and be properly prepared in March 2020 for the play-offs."

Head to head Results:

·        

Romania

admitted defeat by a 2-1 scoreline when the two sides last met.

·        

Spain

are unbeaten in their previous two clashes with this foe. (W-2, D-0)

·        

Both teams have found the back of the net together just once on Spanish soil.

·        

Only two of their past five encounters have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.

·        

The final scores have finished level thrice in their previous ten matchups.

Key statistics:

·        

Spain

are unbeaten in ten games (W8).

·        

Spain

have scored in their last 39 matches.

·        

Spain

have scored at least twice in 12 of their last 15 matches.

·        

Spain

have only conceded five goals in their last ten matches.

·        

There have been 53 goals in

Spain

’s last 14 matches.

·        

Spain

are unbeaten in 27 (W24 D3) EURO and World Cup qualifiers, since a 2-1 loss in Slovakia in October 2014.

·        

Pau Torres and Dani Olmo both scored on their

Spain

debuts in Friday’s 7-0 win against Malta.

·        

Defender Andrei Burcă could make his international debut for

Romania

.

·        

Romania

have only lost three times in their last 18 matches, winning 11.

·        

Romania

’s last seven goals have been scored in the second half.

·        

Claudiu Keșerü has scored seven goals in his last ten games for

Romania

. He took 29 internationals to score his first six goals.

·        

George Pușcaș has scored five goals in his last eight games for

Romania

.

Possible Starting Line ups:

Spain XI (4-3-3):

De Gea; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Inigo Martinez, Gaya; Busquets, Saul, Fabian Ruiz; Daniel Olmo, Paco Alcacer, Mikel Oyarzabal

Romania XI (4-4-2):

Tatarusanu; Benzar, Rus, Nedelcearu, Bancu; Deac, Stanciu, Marin, Mitrita; Puscas, Keseru


source: SportMob