2018-19 UEFA Nations League: Spain vs England

England continue their Nations League campaign as they fight to keep their League A place, visiting Spain in Seville. 

Victory here will pile pressure on Croatia who must beat Spain at home next month to take the relegation fight to Wembley. 

La Roja meanwhile can win the group with victory here to book their place at next summer’s Nations League Finals.

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Having rested players during their 4-1 friendly win over Wales, Spain are expected to make changes. 

Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets and Marco Asensio are amongst those lined up to start against England. 

England will be without the suspended duo of Jordan Henderson and John Stones, after both picked up bookings during Friday’s draw in Croatia. 

Harry Winks is expected to replace Henderson in midfield for his first England appearance in over a year. 


Stat Attack

  • England have avoided defeat in only two of last five meetings (W1, D1, L3).
  • England have lost their last five trips to Spain 8-4 on combined goal aggregate, winning once and losing four. 
  • England have kept two consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for first time since a run of five clean sheets between October 2017 and their 1-0 win over Netherland in March.  
  • Spain’s last competitive home defeat came against Greece in June 2003. 
  • Spain have kept three clean sheets in their last five home matches.



Spain looked very dangerous in the way they tore Wales apart and with this England side struggling for goals, anything less than a draw here would be embarrassing. 

If England are to realistically get anything out of this, they have to be more clinical than they were in Rijeka otherwise they are in for a brutal night.

Although both sides are in similar form clean sheets wise, I can see both teams scoring but for me, Spain will be too strong if England don’t play with creativity and a high tempo.

Prediction: Spain 3-1 England 


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