Resurgent Spain host faltering Three Lions in Seville: Match Preview

Luis Enrique and Spain face their second British battle in a number of days as they welcome World Cup semi-finalists England to Seville in the UEFA Nations League on Monday night.

Goals from Saul and Rodrigo saw Spain come from behind in the reverse fixture at Wembley in September and they will face a weaker England side at the Estadio Benito Villamarín.

The English duo of Jordan Henderson and John Stones both picked up bookings in their draw with Croatia on Friday and are suspended for this one.

The Benito Villamarín will host its first international football game since 1995 and to read more about Spain’s history at Real Betis’ stadium click here.

 

Form Guide:

Spain last 5 games – D L W W W

Spain have won every game since Luis Enrique’s appointment after the World Cup, averaging four goals a game under the former Barcelona boss.

England last 5 games – L L L W D

Despite their inspiring run to the semi-finals in Russia, England have won just once since the summer and have only managed to find the net twice in their last three games.

 

Head to Head:

Spain have lost just once in their last seven meetings with the Three Lions with that defeat coming in a 2011 friendly at Wembley thanks to Frank Lampard’s winner.

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England’s last win on Spanish soil came in 1987 when a fantastic four from Gary Lineker saw the visitors come away from the Bernabeu with a 4-2 victory.

England have the upper hand when it comes to an overall win tally, beating their Spanish opponents 13 times and losing on 10 occasions.

 

Ones to Watch:

Enrique is expected to make several changes to the starting line-up that faced Wales in Cardiff last Thursday with Marco Asensio being one of the key players to come in. The Real Madrid man scored once and set up three more in his last appearance in a Spain shirt against Croatia last month. Expect him to shine in the absence of his Los Blancos teammate Isco on the left wing.

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With Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford struggling to find some form in an England shirt, 18-year-old Jadon Sancho could earn just his second England cap in this prestigious fixture. The Borussia Dortmund winger is in the senior squad for the first time and possesses blistering pace and an impressive eye for a pass.

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