Spain’s exit from Euro 2016 two years ago brought an end to Vicente del Bosque’s incredibly successful reign over his national team. However, in Julen Lopetegui they have replaced him with a very similar manager, and one who will be hoping to return Spain to the top of the world stage.
They certainly made a strong case for themselves during qualifying, with them finishing top of their group and five points ahead of the formidable Italy, who subsequently missed out on a spot in the World Cup. Now, Lopetegui will be hoping to take this form onto the main stage.
Spain’s squad isn’t exactly short of talent. They have potentially the best defensive lineup in world football in David De Gea, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, and Dani Carvajal. Ahead of them the likes of Andres Iniesta, Isco, Koke, and Thiago Alcantara provide the midfield support, and with Alvaro Morata out injured they have Diego Costa as their main striker.
The Atletico Madrid man is expected to start here after being left on the bench for their 1-1 draw with Germany. His replacement, Valencia’s Rodrigo, did net their only goal, but Costa will demand a chance to prove himself again.
That 1-1 draw with Germany followed a much more exciting 3-3 draw against Russia back in November, leaving Spain unbeaten in the Lopetegui era. They have won 12 and drawn five of their 17 matches, but Argentina are in decent form at the moment.
The visitors managed to get a 2-0 win over Italy on Friday to bounce back from their shock loss against Nigeria. They very nearly missed out on World Cup qualification, but since finding their feet again they will be among the front-runners for the trophy, thanks to the talent at their disposal.
Spain may have one of the best defences in the world, but Argentina’s attack is ridiculous in it’s talent. Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, and Lionel Messi are all in the squad, and those three players have a huge 61 league goals between them this season.
This is looking like a potentially high scoring match too. Each of Spain’s last seven home games have seen at least three goals scored in total, whilst Argentina have been involved in high scoring affairs in seven of their last 11 trips away. We’re backing Over 2.5 Goals here, along with a 2-2 correct score predictions.
Head To Head
Spain and Argentina have each won three and lost three of their six encounters, with all but one of them seeing three or more goals scored.
Spain vs Argentina Stats
- 83% of the past meetings between these nations have seen three or more goals.
- 100% of Spain’s last seven home games have seen at least three goals scored.
- Argentina have been involved in high scoring games in 64% of their last 11 trips away.