Spain will be looking to kick off their bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup perfectly when they battle Greece. The match schedules for Thursday at the Nuevo Los Carmenes in Group B, with a kickoff at 10:45 pm.
The hosts aim to improve on their last-16 finish in Russia 2018, whereas Greece bid to return to the world stage after missing out three years ago.
Spain continues to struggle to top their recent results for a long time, while Luis Enrique’s side is hitting Germany for six in the Nations League back in November. The massive win saw the sie pick up a first-place finish in League A Group 4.
There is much to look forward to for the 2010 World Cup Champions with a Euros and Nations League semi-final with Italy. All eyes remain on Luis Enrique to secure a comfortable entry into Qatar for the 12th year running.
However, their recent finishes in the World Cup has been underwhelming. The side failed to advance past the group stage four years after their triumph in South Africa, while the hosts knocked out Spain on penalties back in 2018.
On the other hand, Greece has much to look back on since their triumphant win in Euro 2004. The side failed to qualify for the continental championships for the second time in a row.
Spain vs Greece Head to Head
Both sides have three games against each other, with Spain taking home two wins while Greece without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Spain 6-0 Germany
Switzerland 1-1 Spain
Ukraine 1-0 Spain
Spain 1-0 Switzerland
Portugal 0-0 Spain
Greece 0-0 Slovenia
Moldova 0-2 Greece
Greece 2-1 Cyprus
Greece 0-0 Kosovo
Austria 2-1 Greece
Spain Team News
Even though Brighton’s goalkeeper Robert Sanchez got his first call-up, it is highly unlikely to challenge David De Gea for the number one spot. Sergio Ramos picked up a slight sprain but could get benched for Inigo Martinez and Diego Llorente. Pedri got his first call-up up, but Ferran Torres looks like a more likely option.
Greece Team News
Former Gunners defender Sokratis saw his international career end, thus paving the way for current Gunners youngster Mavropanos a first call-up. Kostas Fortounis is the top scorer, but the chances of getting a double are slim.
Prediction and Odds
Enrique’s side remains to favorites to register a triumphant win to progress as group winners this Thursday.
Goals Over 2.5
Most Goals: 2H