Wales began their Nations League campaign with a thumping win over Ireland, but they were brought down to earth with a 2-0 defeat in Denmark and Spain ought to be on a different playing level this evening.
Ryan Giggs will have been greatly encouraged by their opening show, but also as a right to feel let down by their 2-0 defeat when they managed just one shot on target and were taken apart by superstar Christian Eriksen.
Even more concerning for them, they are without their talisman Gareth Bale tonight who has netted 30 goals from just 72 appearances for his country. Even if he were playing they would be up against it facing this Spanish side. The World Cup was a disappointment for them but new coach Luis Enrique has already made a strong start with two wins, the first over England and then an incredible 6-0 win over Croatia that showed what could have been at the World Cup.
Spain are missing Isco, Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto and Diego Costa but they have exceptional squad depth with which to rotate. Marco Asensio, Suso and Rodrigo could lead the line with a midfield of Niguez, Rodrigo, and Thiago whilst Chelsea’s new keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could start between the sticks.
Wales v Spain
19:45 Sky Sports Football / S4C
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
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APR 1985 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING Wales 3-0 Spain
OCT 1984 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING Spain 3-0 Wales
MAR 1982 FRIENDLY Spain 1-1 Wales
MAY 1961 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING Spain 1-1 Wales
APR 1961 WORLD CUP QUALIFYING Wales 1-2 Spain
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