Preview - Spain vs England 16 October 18

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Uefa Nations League A Group 2
Spain vs England
Tuesday, September 16th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Benito Villamarin

Spain:
Last five matches form: D D W W W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 2.70
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.00
Top Scorer: Sergio Ramos (15)

England:
Last five matches form: L L L W D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.40
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.00
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (19)

One of the highest profile games on the current slate of UEFA Nations League fixtures comes in Sevilla as Spain welcome England to the Benito Villamarin.

This will be the second time the sides have met in the competition, with Spain slightly controversially winning the first game at Wembley by two goals to one. England hold the edge historically with 13 wins to 10 for Spain.

Spain are now unbeaten in 90 minutes in their past 27 international games and have been in scintillating form of late; smashing six past World Cup runners up Croatia in their opening game in this competition and dispatching Wales 4-1 away in a friendly.

England arrive here on the back of what wasn't far from being the dullest match of the season so far when drawing 0-0 with Croatia away. They did beat Switzerland 1-0 before that, but again didn't look particularly impressive.

England do continue to look solid at the back and generally well organised throughout. They are also strong at set-pieces which can be an area of weakness for the Spanish. From open play though Spain look to be the far more accomplished side and certainly look to possess the greater goal threat. Overall we fancy Luis Enrique's men will have too much for England.

Prediction: Spain 3 - 1 England

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 3
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  20 - 3
Shots on target: 13 - 3
Corner Kicks: 12 - 0
Possession: 70% - 30%

Sergio Ramos, Jonny, Daniel Ceballos and Alvaro Morata were all booked for Spain in this one, with referee Szymon Marciniak also taking the names of Eric Dier, Harry Winks and Harry Maguire of England.

Spain as ever were utterly dominant in the stats here, particularly when it came to possession, but if there was a mark given to efficiency then it would be England to whom the perfect score would be assigned. Three shots, all on target and all goals. Gareth Southgate's men put up a performance in the first half which was just about the perfect way to play away from home against a good passing side, and Spain - try as they might - couldn't quite claw the Three Lions back.

The opening goal came in the 16th minute. Jordan Pickford finding Harry Kane with an incisive pass, Kane spraying the ball wide to Marcus Rashford who then played an inch perfect past to find Raheem Sterling bursting through the middle. Emphatic finish from Sterling into the top left corner.

England then doubled their advantage on the half hour mark. Pickford to Kane once again, excellent hold up play by the front man before playing in Rashford clean through. Good composure from the Manchester United man to find the bottom left.

Eight minutes later England were in dreamland. Inch perfect ball from Ross Barkley over the top of the defence to find Kane arriving at the back post. First time ball across the six yard box from Kane allowing Sterling to tap in his second. 0-3 at the break.

As expected Spain reacted in the second half without ever really threatening to overrun England. Luis Enrique's men got on the scoresheet in the 58th minute. Francisco Alcacer not picked up towards the near post following a corner from the right and producing a superb header into the far top corner.

Deep into stoppage time Sergio Ramos then scored with the final touch of the game when getting on the end of a Daniel Ceballos cross to finish well with a diving header.

All good things come to an end and so it proved with Spain's 27 game unbeaten run here. Huge result for England.

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