Preview - Tunisia vs Spain 10 June 18

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International Friendly
Tunisia vs Spain
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Krasnodar Stadium

Last five matches form: D W W D D
Average goals per match: 1.88
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (12)

Last five matches form: W D D W D
Average goals per match: 3.60
Average goals against per match: 0.30
Top Scorer: David Silva (35)

Fans in Russia get an early taste of the footballing action to come with this cracking friendly contest being held at the stunning Krasnodar Stadium.

Its Africa versus Europe as FIFA Ranked 21 Tunisia take on 2010 World Champions Spain.

Whilst this is the final warm up match for each of these sides this time around, the only previous time they have met came at the World Cup Finals themselves back in 2006. Spain were the 3-1 winners that day.

Tunisia look to have a tough task on paper if they are to escape a group containing Belgium and England, but they do at least head into the finals in decent form. Now unbeaten in their last nine, wins against World Cup sides, Costa Rica, Egypt and Iran will be particularly encouraging, whilst there was also plenty of promise in a recent 2-2 draw with European Champions Portugal.

Spain's unbeaten run meanwhile now stands at an impressive 19 games as La Furia Roja continue to go well for Julen Lopetegui. They averaged over three goals per game in qualifying, and have kept up that ratio in their recent friendlies, rattling in 16 goals in their five warm up games so far. They were however held to a 1-1 draw with Switzerland last time and may not find Tunisia as easy to break down as some sides.

Overall though Spain simply look to possess way more quality on the ball than Tunisia and are fancied to get back to winning ways.

Prediction: Tunisia 1 - 2 Spain


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 5 - 7
Shots on target: 2 - 2
Corner Kicks: 0 - 6
Possession: 33% - 67%

This went just about as expected. Such are Spain's ability and reputation that they are likely going to have to get used to teams lining up against them in this manner. Tunisia approached this game with their number one goal simply being to stop Spain and look to hit on the very occasional counter attack. Probably a sensible approach, and it very nearly worked.

Tunisia actually had the better of the chances in the first half as the Spanish defence looked far from watertight at times. Dylan Bronn and Naïm Sliti both going close. 0-0 at half-time though.

Having held out for so long through getting just about everyone behind the ball, Tunisia did look to come out of their shell in the final ten minutes, and it proved their undoing.

Having been starved of space for the majority of the game, Spain showed just how ruthless they can be when given a little room to play. When a Tunisian attack broke down and consequently stranded a couple of their players in the Spain half, one quick ball through midfield was all it took to play in Diego Costa down the left. Costa did well to draw the keeper and a couple of defenders towards him before laying the ball back to substitute Iago Aspas racing in on the edge of the box. Excellent strike from the Celta Vigo man to hand Spain the win in the 84th minute.

A significant goal for manager Julen Lopetegui as he becomes the first manager of Spain to have the team score in each of his first 20 games in charge. That also extends Spain's unbeaten run to 20 and they certainly look to be one of the teams to watch at the finals.

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