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Spain vs Scotland match preview
Scotland’s current record in Euro 2024 qualifying is played five won five, the first time they’ve ever achieved this, and their qualification could be secured with just a draw in Seville.
Back in March, the Tartan Army enjoyed, possibly, their most famous night in modern times, beating Spain 2-0 in the reverse fixture, courtesy of Scott McTominay’s brace in Glasgow.
Steve Clarke’s side then came from a goal down to beat Norway in Oslo, scoring twice in less than 90 seconds right at the death, before seeing off Georgia in the pouring rain three days later.
Last time out in qualifying, the Dark Blues swatted aside Cyprus in Larnaca, McTominay on target again, meaning Scotland remain top of Group A, alongside France and Portugal as the only sides with perfect records.
So, will the away side secure the point they need to book their place at the European Championships?
That certainly won’t be easy, given that Spain have won every game since defeat at Hampden, first crowned UEFA Nations League champions during the summer.
Then, in September, Luis de la Fuente’s team were in imperious mood, steamrollering Georgia 7-1 in Tbilisi, before a 6-0 demolition of Cyprus at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes.
This is the first time la Roja have scored 6+ in back-to-back internationals since March 1999.
Spain do have a game in hand on Scotland but, realistically, if the three-times European Champions harbour any hopes of topping this group, they’ll feel this game is must win, ahead of Sunday’s pivotal trip to Norway.
The Dark Blues are winless in six visits to Spain, losing four of them, with their most-recent victory over la Roja away coming in June 1963, a 6-2 victory at the Bernabéu, in which Denis Law was amongst the scorers.
This time, just a draw would do nicely for Scotland, so will Spain be simply too strong at Estadio de La Cartuja?
Spain team news
Lamine Yamal, who became the youngest-ever player to score in a Euro qualifier last month, is out injured, as is fellow-Barcelona wunderkind Pedri.
In goal, Unai Simón is set to keep his place, chosen over David Raya and Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Aymeric Laporte is still first-choice at centre-back, despite plying his trade in Saudi Arabia.
Álvaro Morata scored a hat-trick in Tbilisi in September, taking his tally to 33 goals for Spain, a figure only bettered by David Villa, Raúl, Fernando Torres and David Silva.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Simón; Carvajal, Le Normand, Laporte, Balde; Rodri, Gavi, Merino; Torres, Oyarzabal, Morata.
Scotland team news
The visitors are without Kieran Tierney, who plays in Spain these days, due to long-term injury, which is a massive blow, while Grant Hanley, Ryan Jack and Kevin Nisbet have also not made the trip.
Angus Gunn has still only ever conceded one goal in competitive international football, this an Erling Braut Håland penalty, and, if that fact remains true, his team will be heading to the Euros.
In midfield, Lewis Ferguson has only ever started one senior international, this a friendly in Austria, but, having scored for Bologna at San Siro on Sunday, this’ll surely change in the near future.
For now, he can’t get in the team ahead of Scott McTominay, given that only Romelu Lukaku has scored more goals in Euro 2024 qualifying than the Manchester United midfielder so far.
Predicted XI (5-4-1): Gunn; Hickey, Hendry, McKenna, Porteous, Robertson; Gilmour, McGregor, McTominay, McGinn; Dykes.