Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(5) 2 Goals 1 (4)
29.1 Average Age 29.7
179.7 Average Height (cm) 183.7
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Friendlies.

Missing Players

No missing players.
Player Reason Status
Mario Balotelli Out
Daniele De Rossi Out

Team News

  • Spain have a predictably midfield-heavy squad for this friendly, looking rather thing up front and in defence.
  • They have just two centre-backs and two centre-forwards, so Fabregas could play in the 'false 9' role.
  • Diego Costa has been called up for the first time, and will fight it out with Alvaro Negredo for the starting spot.
  • There has been some controversy surrounding Chiellini's call up. The Juventus centre-back has been out of action lately, and Cesare Prandelli has decided to include him in the squad and may even play him, much to the discontent of Antonio Conte.
  • Gabriel Paletta and Ciro Immobile have both been called up for the first time and may make their debuts.
  • Daniele De Rossi has been dropped after he was caught by television cameras punching Inter's Mauro Icardi.

Prediction

  • This could be the friendly of the week, with reigning world and European champions Spain hosting previous winners of both competitions, and the team they beat in the final of Euro 2012, Italy.
  • Spain are the dominant force in world football, but there is certainly some train of thought that many of their players are on the decline and that they are more of a beatable outfit nowadays.
  • However, Italy are not what they once were and are also missing some of their better players for one reason or another, so Spain should pick up a win.
Prediction:
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Comments (22)

 
  • Spain deserved more than 1 goal

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  • Horrible montolivo.

  • No juanfran? well azipili is doing good

  • Spain formation: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Javi Martínez, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Thiago, Cesc; Pedro, Iniesta and Diego Costa

  • Spanha favorite against this team simply ridiculous from italy! My score 2-0

  • @addshib - Azipilicueta plays as LB for Chelsea , so i guess Carvajal has a chance. Montoya is an ass though so cravajal doesnt have any rival

  • This will be tough match but spain is on the heels to hit top form so i expect them to win convincingly

  • Third time lucky - Italy should win (0-1), but game is in Spain... What the heck...1-1 or 1-2 for Italy! :-D

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  • Forget playing for spain , he shouldnt even be playing for real madrid. Disgraceful incompetant & petulant player

  • @commandozap,hence Juanfran! He is tougher and better than Arbeloa and Carvajal. Carvajal is for future tho!

  • i think del bosque should go for Carvajal as a back up RB , Arbeloa is crap

  • 2_0

  • Silva and Xabi are favourites to start.

  • Fabregas is better than the Brazilian not so Spanish Costa, this is 1-1 DRAW

  • Alonso for Xavi , Silva for Pedro and Costa or Negredo for Fabregas , mostly costa. If would be tough 25 mins then spain shall get control and earn a convincing win. Great to see iker back.

  • Del Bosque may as well try Diego Costa as a genuine "number 9" and drop Fabregas (or move him to midfield).

  • This will be kick-ass , cant wait. Imo Javi Martinez should be tried as CB too

  • 2-0

  • Pirlo Verratti Motta Immobile Destro Insigne Would be nice

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