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  • 23 March 2013
  • • 01:15
  • • Estadio Municipal El Molinón, Gijón
  • Referee: O. Hațegan
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Spain-Finland Preview: Sergio Ramos set for 100th Roja cap

Spain-Finland Preview: Sergio Ramos set for 100th Roja cap

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The world and European champions will be aiming to maintain top spot in their qualifying group when they host Mixu Paatelainen's side in Gijon on Friday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SPAIN
France
Valdes
Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba
Alonso, Busquets, Iniesta
Silva, Fabregas, Pedro

FINLAND

Hradecky
Raitala, Toivio, Moisander, Arkivuo
Ring, Sparv
R Eremenko, Hetemaj, Hamalainen
Pukki

Midfielder Xavi is struggling with a hamstring problem and is unlikely to feature in Spain's Group I World Cup qualifier against Finland at El Molinon.

Carles Puyol (knee) and Iker Casillas (hand) are out injured, while Fernando Torres and Javi Martinez have been omitted from the squad by coach Vicente del Bosque.

Cesc Fabregas is expected to start in a "false nine" role alongside Pedro and David Silva in attack.

Finland boss Mixu Paatelainen is without Alexei Eremenko, who is suspended after getting sent off in the 1-1 draw against Georgia.

Chievo's Perparim Hetemaj is likely to replace the Rubin Kazan playmaker in the starting line-up.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Spain are on an 18-match unbeaten run (W14, D4) stretching back to November 2011.

  • La Roja have won three of their last four encounters with Finland.

  • If he plays, Sergio Ramos (pictured, right) will be the eighth player to reach 100 appearances for Spain.
  • Finland have only won three of their last nine internationals (W3, D3, L3).
  • Suomi are ranked 87th in the world, having never qualified for a major tournament.
  • Finland's last win over Spain was a 2-0 success in a World Cup qualifier in June 1969.

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-Víctor Valdés
-Arbeloa
18Jordi AlbaDefender
3PiquéDefender
15Sergio RamosDefender
16BusquetsMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
5César AzpilicuetaDefender
-Monreal
15IscoMidfielder
-Javi García
-Jesús Navas González
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
10Juan MataStriker
-Negredo
11PedroStriker
-Niki MaenpaaGoalkeeper
-Jukka RaitalaDefender
-Joona ToivioDefender
-Kari ArkivouDefender
3Niklas MoisanderDefender
-Alexander RingMidfielder
21Kasper HamalainenMidfielder
-Perparim HetemajMidfielder
7Roman EremenkoMidfielder
-Teemu TainioMidfielder
-Teemu PukkiStriker
-Jesse JoronenGoalkeeper
-Lucas HradeckyGoalkeeper
-Jarko HurmeDefender
-Paulus Arajuuri
-Markus HalstiDefender
-Petteri ForsellMidfielder
-Rasmus SchüllerMidfielder
-Toni KohlemainenMidfielder
14Tim SparvMidfielder
9Mikael ForssellStriker
-Njazi Kuqi
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