Preview: Spain vs Iceland – prediction, team news, line-ups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s international friendlies clash between Spain and Iceland, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Spain will be looking to claim four straight wins in all competitions when they tackle Iceland in an international friendly match on Tuesday evening.

La Roja enter the competition after a 2-1 win over Albania on Saturday, while Iceland played out a 1-1 draw with Finland on the same night.


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Spain cruised to a 2-1 win over Albania in Saturday’s friendly match at the RCDE Stadium, with Dani Olmo coming off the bench to score the winning goal in the 90th minute, and La Roja will now be looking for four consecutive successes in all competitions when they host Iceland.

Luis EnriqueThe national team are preparing for the start of their UEFA Nations League campaign, which kicks off against Portugal in early June, but the national team will also already be thinking about the 2022 World Cup.

Spain comfortably secured their place in this year’s competition by finishing top of Group B, picking up 19 points from eight matches, and they will be looking to make an impression at the tournament for the first time since winning in 2010, after having been eliminated in the group stage in 2014 and the round of 16 in 2018.

La Roja have reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020, and a generation of hugely talented youngsters are starting to emerge, suggesting the future is bright for the national team.

Enrique will see Tuesday’s friendly with Iceland as another valuable exercise in preparation, with a number of players looking to make an impression to cement their place in the World Cup squad.

Iceland coach Arnar Vidarsson pictured on March 28, 2021© Reuters

Iceland, meanwhile, drew 1-1 against Finland on Saturday, with Birkir Bjarnason on the score sheet in the 38th minute after Teemu Pukki opened the scoring for Finland.

Arnar VidarssonThe side are winless in their last five matches in all competitions, their last success coming at home to Liechtenstein in October; since then they have drawn three times and lost two of their five matches, including three friendlies against Uganda, Korea Republic and Finland.

Iceland will be out of the 2022 World Cup, having finished fifth in Group J, picking up just nine points from their 10 appearances in a disappointing campaign.

The national team played at the 2018 World Cup, eliminated in the group stage, while they also reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 before failing to qualify for the European Championship. last summer.

Iceland are currently planning their UEFA Nations League campaign, which kicks off against Israel in early June, and a positive result in this match would certainly boost confidence.

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Team News

Dani Olmo of Spain reacts in July 2021© Reuters

Spain coach Enrique made his debut with David Raya against Albania, with the Brentford goalkeeper playing the full 90 minutes, but Unai Simon is likely to come into the squad for this match, as a co-stopper Robert Sanchez was ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19.

There will be wholesale changes to the side which started on Saturday, with Enrique ready to take full advantage of his squad, so the likes of Carlos Soler, Jordi AlbaOlmo and Cesar Azpilicueta should start it all.

Marcos Llorente and Koke could also be given midfield roles, while Aymeric Laportewho didn’t play a minute against Albania, should feature in the middle of the defence.

As for Iceland, head coach Vidarsson will also use his squad in this match, but the bulk of the squad that started against Finland could take to the pitch again.

Bjarnason, who is comfortably the most experienced player in the squad, was on the scoresheet in Saturday’s friendly and is expected to keep his place in midfield.

There are a lot of change options in advanced positions, but Arnor Sigurdsson should keep its place, while Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is likely to lead the line once again.

Possible starting line-up for Spain:
Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Torres, Alba; Soler, Llorente, Koke; Olmo, Morata, F Torres

Possible starting lineup for Iceland:
Runarson; Sampsted, Bjarnason, Gretarsson, Magnusson; Helgason, Bjarnason, Thordarson; To Sigurdsson, Bodvarsson, Johannesson


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We say: Spain 2-1 Iceland

Iceland will certainly provide competitive opposition to Spain, who weren’t at their best against Albania on Saturday. Enrique is expected to make some big changes to his squad for this match, but La Roja should still emerge victorious at the end of the 90 minutes.


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