Spain mounts up the pressure on Sweden this week in the World Cup Qualifying Group B matches when they take on Kosovo. The match schedules for Wednesday at Jakob Kehlet, Denmark, with a kickoff at 10:45 pm.
Luis Enrique’s men have taken four points from a possible six in their group so far, whereas Kosovo’s opening match saw them suffer a 3-0 defeat to table-toppers Sweden at the weekend.
It was a fair share of spoils for Luis Enrique, who fell short of Khivcha Kvaratskhelia, who broke the deadlock on the stroke at half time. However, Ferran Torres restored parity after the 56th minute before Dani Olmo.
It was hardly a vintage performance for Enrique’s men, but it nevertheless saw them pick up the group’s first victory after Greece held them to a 1-1 draw last week. It remains a challenging task for Enrique remains a doubt to make a vast improvement from a team that will struggle to qualify with their current form.
Moreover, Spain is currently on a five unbeaten streak, but only two of those have ended with La Roja taking the spoils. The side sits two points behind Sweden at the top of Group B. Therefore, it does not remain a clear path to Qatar. However, Kosovo’s fortunes remain terrible, especially after their recent loss to Sweden at the hands of Zlatan Ibramohivic.
Spain vs. Kosovo Head to Head
Both sides have not yet met at this stage of the competition, which marks their first time. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Georgia 1-2 Spain
Spain 1-1 Greece
Spain 6-0 Germany
Switzerland 1-1 Spain
Netherlands 1-1 Spain
Kosovo 0-3 Sweden
Kosovo 4-0 Lithuania
Slovenia 2-1 Kosovo
Greece 0-0 Kosovo
Kosovo 0-1 Slovenia
Spain Team News
After a less-convincing experience with Georgia, Enrique will build on their win to convince their fans. Even though Olmo fired the winning goal, Bryan Gil will step to replace him into the starting lineup. Mikel Oyarzabal could start again on the bench, which makes two substitute appearances in a row.
Kosovo Team News
Winger Bernard Berisha remains suspended for this encounter after seeing red against Sweden, but looks less likely to challenge Rashica for a spot in the final third. Challendes will continue to cope without Valon Berisha and Bersant Celina.
Prediction and Odds
Spain has not covered themselves in glory over the past two matches, thus presenting Kosovo’s chance to make a name for themselves.
Goals Over 2.5
No Score: Away Team