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WC Qualification Europe

  • October 16, 2012
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 46825
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World Cup Qualifying Preview: Spain - France

Didier Deschamps faces his sternest test yet as national team boss when he brings his side to the Vicente Calderon to take on the world and double European champion.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SPAIN

Casillas
Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Alonso
Pedro, Fabregas, Iniesta

FRANCE

Lloris
Debuchy, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra
Sissoko, Cabaye, Matuidi
Menez, Benzema, Ribery


Spain has no fresh injury concerns heading into Tuesday's Group I World Cup qualifier against France.

Andres Iniesta is set to return to the starting lineup after being rested on the bench for Friday's win at Belarus, while Cesc Fabregas should continue in his 'false nine' role up front.

Coach Vicente del Bosque may restore Sergio Busquets to his natural position in midfield and bring in Raul Albiol in central defense to counter the attacking threat of the visiting side.

Midfielder Clement Chantome misses out for France after picking up a groin problem in the 1-0 friendly defeat against Japan.

The Paris Saint-Germain player's injury further curtails boss Didier Deschamps's midfield options, with Abou Diaby and Rio Mavuba both sidelined.

However, Yohan Cabaye and Patrice Evra are back in the frame after making recoveries from rib and back problems respectively.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Spain is on a record 24-match winning run in World Cup and European Championship qualifiers.
  • The Iberian outfit has won four of its last five encounters with France, including a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinal of Euro 2012.
  • Sergio Busquets and Santi Cazorla are in line to win their 50th caps for Spain.
  • France has won just two of its last six fixtures, including friendlies, and has scored just four goals in those matches.
  • Les Bleus's Euro 2012 quarterfinal defeat was their first ever competitive loss to Spain.
  • Karim Benzema (pictured right) has not scored in his last eight appearances for France.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Spain

France

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Spain ESP
Spain Spain
Draw
France FRA
France France
69%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Spain ESP
3 - 1
France FRA
Spain ESP
2 - 0
France FRA
Spain ESP
2 - 1
France FRA

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