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Spain vs Colombia: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :March 20, 2024 at 2:19 PM
Modified at :March 20, 2024 at 2:19 PM
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Dhruv Sharma


Heavyweight showdown at Wembley this weekend

Spain, once criticized for their Round of 16 exit in Qatar, have bounced back impressively, securing a spot in EURO 24 and emerging as strong contender for the summer tournament in Germany. With eight consecutive victories across all competitions, including a UEFA Nations League title, they boast a formidable attack and anticipate continuing their winning streak.

Colombia, despite missing out on a World Cup berth two years ago, have staged a remarkable comeback. They are unbeaten in their last 19 matches and showed resilience in World Cup qualifiers, remaining undefeated in their first six games. With notable wins, including against Brazil, Colombia’s confidence is soaring as they prepare to face a tough challenge against Spain.

Kick-off:

Saturday, 23 March 2024 at 9:30 PM BST (2:00 AM IST)

Location: London Stadium 

Form

Spain (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W

Colombia (in all competitions): D-D-D-W-W

Players to watch out

Rodri (Spain)

Rodri stands as a vital figure for Spain, serving as the linchpin in their well-structured systems. His adaptability allows him to effortlessly switch between defensive duties and contributing to the attack from midfield. Possessing a commanding presence, he excels as a strong and aggressive midfielder, yet also showcases the finesse and inventiveness typical of an attacking playmaker.

Luis Diaz (Colombia)

Diaz, a speedy left winger renowned for his strong right foot, strategically places himself in an advanced position on the pitch. He consistently looks for openings to exploit, utilizing lateral movements to stay onside and positioning himself centrally to receive penetrating passes against the opposition’s defense. His dribbling skills are exemplary, demonstrating the ability to quickly change speed and direction while maintaining close control of the ball.

Match facts:

  • La Roja have won all of their previous eight straight appearances across all competitions.
  • Colombia have won all of their previous four appearances across all formats.
  • Spain have notched 21 goals on the eight-match winning run.

Injury and team news

Following Valencia defender Jose Gaya’s withdrawal from Spain’s squad last week, Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella has been called up as a replacement, potentially earning his second senior international cap. Named Spain’s new captain last year, Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata will lead the team’s attack in the upcoming match.

Despite now playing for Brazilian club Sao Paulo, former Real Madrid star James Rodriguez is set to earn his 97th international cap. However, Colombian icon Radamel Falcao, aged 38, has been left out of the squad and will not participate at Wembley.

Head to Head

Total matches – 3

Spain wins – 1

Colombia wins – 0

Draws – 2

Predicted lineup for Spain vs Colombia

Spain predicted lineup:

Simon; Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Grimaldo; Rodri, Merino; Fabian, Nico Williams, Yamal; Morata

Colombia predicted lineup:

Ospina, Mosquera, Reyes, Vera, Velasque; Ian Poveda, Campuzano, Ruiz; Gomez, Luis Diaz, Cucho

Match prediction for Spain vs Colombia

Despite Spain’s impressive form in 2023, they should prepare for a challenging match when they face Colombia at Wembley on Friday night. Colombia’s remarkable 19-match unbeaten streak across all competitions promises an exciting contest for neutrals in the English capital this weekend.

The last encounter between the two teams ended in a 2-2 draw during a friendly match in June 2017, suggesting opportunities for both sides to score in the upcoming game.

Prediction: Spain 2-2 Colombia

Telecast

India – N/A

UK – Viaplay Sports

US –  ESPN+

Nigeria – Supersport

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