Puerto Rico - Spain Preview: European champions look to warm up in style ahead of new season
A month and a half after their triumphant title defence at Euro 2012, Vicente del Bosque's side return to action with a friendly encounter against the Caribbean minnows
By Karthick Arvinth
Krause, Arrieta, Jones, Martinez
Perez, Cabrero, Marrero
Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Monreal
Fabregas, Busquets, Alonso
Silva, Torres, Iniesta
Spain veterans Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and David Villa have been rested for Wednesday's clash with Puerto Rico at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon.
Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo also misses the cut, while the trio of Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and Juan Mata have been excused from the trip after representing their country at the London Olympics.
Malaga's Nacho Monreal has been called up as replacement for Alba and is likely to start at left-back.
Puerto Rico boss Jeaustin Campos is expected to name his strongest possible line-up for what is arguably the most high-profile friendly in the island's footballing history.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Puerto Rico have won just three of their last 13 matches (W3, D4, L6).
- The Caribbean side, who are ranked 138th in the world, have never faced a reigning world champion before.
- Puerto Rico failed in their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, falling in the second round of Concacaf qualifiers.
- Spain are on a 11-match unbeaten run (W8, D3). Their last defeat was a 1-0 reverse against England in November.
- La Roja's 19-man squad for the friendly includes six players from Barcelona and five from Real Madrid.
- Fernando Torres (pictured right), 28, needs just two more caps to record 100 international appearances for Spain.
Top 3 Predictions
Puerto Rico 0-8 Spain
- 17.24 %
Puerto Rico 0-3 Spain
- 11.29 %
Puerto Rico 0-4 Spain
- 11.15 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||16-Aug-2012||Puerto Rico 1 - Spain 2|
|16-Aug-2012||Puerto Rico 1 - Spain 2||FR|
|04-Jun-2012||Puerto Rico 1 - Nicaragua 1||FR|
|02-Jun-2012||Puerto Rico 3 - Nicaragua 1||FR|
|25-Feb-2012||Nicaragua 1 - Puerto Rico 0||FR|
|15-Nov-2011||Puerto Rico 3 - Saint Lucia 0||WCQN|
|6||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|22||Jesús Navas González||Midfielder|
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