Spain continue their World Cup preparations with an international friendly against fellow qualifiers Tunisia this weekend.
La Roja drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their last pre-tournament outing, while Tunisia played out a pulsating 2-2 draw with Turkey.
Thus, both sides need momentum prior to the tournament kick-off, adding a slice of intrigue to the encounter.
Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the friendly clash between the two sides including team news, squad predictions and TV information.
|Game||Tunisia vs Spain|
|Date||Saturday, June 9|
|Time||7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United Kingdom (UK) the game can be watched live on television on FreeSports, as well as being available to stream live online using TVPlayer.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
streamed live online
|US TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Ben Mustapha, Hassen, Mathlouthi|
|Defenders||Bedoui, Benalouane, Ben Youssef, Bronn, Haddadi, Meriah, Maaloul, Nagguez|
|Midfielders||Bari, Ben Amor, Chaalali, Khalil, Khaoui, Sassi, Skhiri, Sliti, Srarfi|
|Forwards||Khalifa, Khazri, Ben Youssef|
Tunisia have a couple of players who feature regularly in Europe’s top leagues, and will look to Wahbi Khazri to provide the magic required to give Spain a shock. The 27-year-old enjoyed a productive season at Rennes, on loan from Sunderland, and provides the magic touch.
Elsewhere, Aymen Mathlouthi is an experienced goalkeeper and has won nearly 70 caps for his country, but the midfield is relatively inexperienced – only two players have over 20 caps.
Potential Tunisia starting XI: Mathlouthi; Bronn, Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; Khaoui, Skhiri, Sassi; Badri, Khazri, Sliti
|Goalkeepers||De Gea, Kepa, Reina|
|Defenders||Carvajal, Pique, Nacho, Odriozola, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Monreal, Alba|
|Midfielders||Busquets, Iniesta, Saul, Koke, Thiago, Asensio, Silva, Isco|
|Forwards||Rodrigo, Vazquez, Aspas, Costa|
Spain have one of the strongest squads in the entire World Cup, but were held to a dour 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their last friendly outing.
Manager Julen Lopetegui used that game to make a number of tweaks to his starting XI; the likes of Iago Aspas, Alvaro Odriozola and Koke all started. It remains to be seen if he will be as experimental this time out.
Potential Spain starting XI: De Gea; Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta; Silva, Isco, Asensio; Costa
Betting & Match Odds
Spain are overwhelming favourites with dabblebet, and can be found at 2/7. Tunisia can be backed at 10/1, while the draw is found at 4/1.
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Both Tunisia and Spain will face stern opposition in Russia, with the African side placed into a group with Belgium, England and Panama, and La Roja due to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, as well as Iran and Morocco.
Lopetegui has yet to truly see his side click, but all of the talent is there, particularly in midfield. Indeed, the likes of David Silva and Isco may be forced to settle for a place on the bench when Spain kick off their tournament against Portugal.
Tunisia do not have anywhere near as many riches, but they will be pinning their hopes on Wahbi Khazri, who plundered 11 goals and four assists this season in Ligue 1.
Tunisia drew with Turkey last time out in an ill-tempered affair, and will hope to cause a shock as they prepare to take on two of Europe’s other heavyweights when the tournament kicks off later this month.
Spain, meanwhile, must have the minimum expectation of reaching the semi-finals, and must pick up their momentum soon, with the Euro 2016 champions lying in wait.
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