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October 12, 2012 2:00 PM EDT
Stadyen Dynama — Minsk
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World Cup Qualifying Preview: Belarus - Spain

Vicente del Bosque's side will look to secure a convincing victory against the eastern European minnow ahead of Tuesday's encounter with fellow Group I heavyweight France.

By Karthick Arvinth

Xabi Alonso, Santi Cazorla, Spain
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BELARUS

Vyeramko
Marty'vich, Palyakow, Filipenko, Verkho'sov
Drahun, Kislyak
Bardachow, Bressan, A Hleb
Rodionov
SPAIN

Casillas
Arbeloa, Busquets, Ramos, Alba
Xavi, Alonso, Fabregas
Silva, Torres, Iniesta


Belarus midfielders Anton Putsila and Timofei Kalachev will miss Friday's World Cup qualifier against Spain at the Dynama Stadium in Minsk. The injured duo join forward Leonid Kovel on the sidelines, leaving BATE Borisov's Vitali Rodionov as the only recognized striker in the squad.

Coach Georgy Kondratiev could name up to six players from the BATE side that beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week in his starting lineup, with Aliaksandr Hleb expected to make his first international appearance since February 2011.

Sergio Busquets looks set to start as a makeshift center back for Spain, which is without injured Barcelona pair Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. Raul Albiol and Javi Martinez could also provide defensive cover, but coach Vicente del Bosque's training formation on Wednesday had Busquets operating in central defense alongside Sergio Ramos.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres should start ahead of Roberto Soldado in attack, while playmaker Santi Cazorla may feature following recent impressive performances for Arsenal.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Belarus, ranked 87th in the world, lies bottom of Group I, having lost its first two qualifiers away to Georgia and France, respectively.
  • The Eastern European outfit is on a four-match winless run at home (D2, L2).
  • Aliaksandr Hleb (pictured right) spent one season in the Spanish Primera Division, making 19 league appearances for Barcelona in 2008-09.
  • Spain has won its last 23 World Cup and European Championship qualifiers - a run that stretches back to September 2007.
  • La Roja are on a 46-match unbeaten run in World Cup qualification matches. Their last defeat in a World Cup qualifier came away to Denmark in March 1993.
  • Sergio Ramos needs five more caps to become only the seventh Spaniard to make 100 international appearances.


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Belarus
Mar 5, 2014Bulgaria 2 - Belarus 1FR
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Oct 11, 2013Spain 2 - Belarus 1WCQE
Spain
Mar 5, 2014Spain 1 - Italy 0FR
Nov 19, 2013South Africa 1 - Spain 0FR
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Oct 15, 2013Spain 2 - Georgia 0WCQE
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
15Sergio RamosDefender
16BusquetsMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
8XaviMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
11PedroStriker
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
5JuanfranMidfielder
19MonrealDefender
-Beñat
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
4Javi MartínezMidfielder
22Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
-Fernando Torres
7David VillaStriker
14Roberto SoldadoStriker
Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Man City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
8 0