Slovakia vs Spain
Euro 2016 qualifier
Stadion MSK Zilina
Spain will have another opportunity to prove their World Cup woes are a distant memory when they meet Slovakia on Thursday night in their quest to secure, as they should comfortably, a place at Euro 2016.
Vicente del Bosque’s side were able to cruise to victory in their opening encounter of the qualification process, trouncing lowly Macedonia 5-1 in a game that was most notable for the debut handed to Barcelona starlet Munir El Haddadi.
Slovakia also opened with a triumph, and a more impressive one than their opponents this evening, having stunned Ukraine in Kiev’s NSK Olympic Stadium by achieving an unexpected 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from Robert Mak.
It is an excellent platform from which to build for the rest of the campaign as they bid to reach the championships in France and, with Marek Hamsik in their side, will be optimistic of getting something from Spain.
The 2008 and 2012 winners, however, remain the heavy favourites to record their second win in succession, with bookmakers placing them at around 2/5 on to leave Slovakia with all three points.
Spain have never lost to Slovakia, winning three times and drawing once, and it would be something of a shock were unable to record a positive result once again.
Mucha, Pekarik, Skrtel, Hubocan, Durica, Weiss, Nemec, Pecovski, Kucka, Hamsik, Mak.
Casillas; Juanfran, Pique, Albiol, Alba; Busquets, Koke, Cesc; Iniesta, David Silva, Diego Costa