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Confederations Cup

  • June 20, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  • Referee: D. Haïmoudi
  • • Attendance: 71806
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Confederations Cup Preview: Spain - Tahiti

Vicente del Bosque's side will settle for nothing less than a commanding victory against the Polynesian outfit, which fell to a 6-1 defeat to Nigeria in its opening match.


Spain is expected to make wholesale changes to the team that beat Uruguay 2-1 on Sunday, with Victor Valdes, Fernando Torres and David Villa all in line for starts.

Defender Cesar Azpilicueta could win his third cap for the senior side, while the likes of David Silva and Jesus Navas are also set to make their first appearances of the tournament.

Tahiti has no new injury concerns after Nicolas Vallar overcame an ankle knock to play 53 minutes of the opening defeat against Nigeria.

Midfielder Jonathan Tehau scored the island nation's first ever goal in a major tournament against the African outfit and should keep his place in the starting XI.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Spain is unbeaten in its last 23 matches, winning 16. Its last defeat came against England in November 2011.
  • La Roja's biggest ever recorded win is a 13-0 hammering of Bulgaria in an international friendly in May 1933.
  • Alvaro Arbeloa (pictured, right) is in line to win his 50th cap for Spain.
  • Tahiti has lost six of its last eight international fixtures.
  • The South Pacific islanders are ranked 138th in the world - below the likes of Rwanda, Burundi and Puerto Rico.
  • Tahiti became the first nation other than Australia and New Zealand to clinch the Oceania Nations Cup last year.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Spain

Tahiti

Wins
1
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Spain ESP
Spain Spain
Draw
Tahiti TAH
Tahiti Tahiti
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Spain ESP
7 - 0
Tahiti TAH
Spain ESP
8 - 0
Tahiti TAH
Spain ESP
5 - 0
Tahiti TAH

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