Wales vs Spain prediction: Wales 1-2 Spain
A glamour friendly in every sense of the word.
This’ll be the first international to be played at the Principality Stadium (formally the Millennium Stadium) for 6 years.
Given the opposition, you can see why.
Both sides have more important games in the UEFA Nations League coming up but, the huge crowd, should spur the players on a create an entertaining game.
Wales vs Spain: Who will win?
Despite the home advantage, Wales are a huge 15/2 to win this match.
2010 World Champions Spain are 2/5 to spoil the Principality party.
A draw is 10/3.
Both sides like to attack and both teams to score is 11/10 and over 2.5 goals is 5/6.
Gareth Bale will hope to get one over his Real Madrid team mates. He is 15/2 to score first and 2/1 to net anytime.
Paco Alcácer may well lead the line for Spain. He is 7/2 to net anytime and 23/10 to score first.
Wales vs Spain: Match preview
Ryan Giggs will be content with the start his side made to their UEFA Nations League campaign.
After three friendly matches, the home game with the Republic of Ireland was his first competitive match in charge.
It could hardly have gone any better.
Tom Lawrence, Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Connor Roberts all got on the scoresheet in a resounding 4-1 drubbing.
— FA WALES (@FAWales) September 8, 2018
They headed to Aarhus full of confidence to take on Denmark in their Second Nations League match.
However, they were outclassed by the world’s tenth best side and lost 2-0.
They’ll face Denmark again next month and a trip to Dublin on Tuesday to determine their Nations League fate.
After beating Ireland so convincingly last time, they’ll be confident off beating them again.
Can they use this game as preparation?
Spain to keep their 26 match unbeaten run going?
Luis Enrique’s tenure as Spain manager couldn’t have started any better.
He took over after an underwhelming World Cup campaign, which saw them lose to Russia in the round of 16 on penalties.
La Furia Roja kicked off the Luis Enrique era with a Nations League double header last month starting with a trip to Wembley.
Despite falling 1-0 behind early on, goals from Saúl Ñíguez and Rodrigo saw them leave London with a 2-1 win.
They then hosted World Cup finalists Croatia in Elche.
Spain were sensational.
Saúl Ñíguez, Marco Asensio, Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco all got on the scoresheet as Spain ran out 6-0 winners.
Quite a statement of intent.
On Monday night they’ll face a rematch with England at Estadio Benito Villamarín; knowing that a win would secure their place in the UEFA Nations League finals next June.
The manager known as ‘Lucho’ is likely to give fringe players a chance so will they shine?
Wales team news vs Spain
Wales are expected to go strong.
Ryan Giggs may give some younger players a chance later on in the match but, due to the quality of the opposition, he won’t tinker too much.
Wayne Hennessey has been a consistent performer in the Crystal Palace goal this season and is now just 14 caps away from being his countries most capped player of all time.
Two young players, Connor Roberts and Chris Mepham, who both shone last month will retain their places at the back.
The experienced captain Ashley Williams has really been struggling for form at Stoke City this season and is unlikely to start.
Despite Ethan Ampadu’s outstanding performance against Ireland, he is yet to feature for Chelsea this season and any minutes he can accumulate here will be vital.
David Brooks has been a revelation for Bournemouth so far this season and will start on the right.
Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn and Tyler Roberts may all start on the bench but will all surely get their opportunities later on in the match.
One man who always starts for Wales though is Gareth Bale.
He’s got 4 goals for Real Madrid so far this season and would love to get one against a side full of his club teammates.
However, Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the match due to injury.
This will be a fantastic indicator in showing just how good this Welsh team really is, can they cope?
Spain team news vs Wales
Luis Enrique meanwhile is likely to rotate his squad.
He’s already got to cope with a number of absentees with Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Isco, Lucas Vázquez and Diego Costa all out the squad.
David de Gea is the undisputed number 1 but Kepa Arrizabalaga’s impressive start to life at Chelsea should see him win only his second cap.
Speaking of Chelsea, César Azpilicueta is the only right-back in the squad so will get a rare start.
There are 3 left-backs in the squad though.
José Luis Gayà will get some time on the pitch but another Chelsea man, Marcos Alonso, is likely to win just his third cap.
El capitán, Sergio Ramos, is by far their most important defender but is likely to get a rest.
Spain may have not played in Wales since 1984 but Ramos is one of four squad members who won the Champions League in this stadium just 16 months ago.
Asensio’s goal vs Croatia
2 goals in 2 minutes for Spain! ⏰
It may go down as an own-goal, but what an effort from Marco Asensio to make it 3-0…🔥🔥🔥
Watch live on Sky Sports PL now!
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 11, 2018
As always, Spain have a gluttony of midfield talents.
Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcântara and Saúl Ñíguez are likely to start the forthcoming England match so may be afforded a rest here.
That’ll give the young Real Madrid duo Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos a chance to show what they can do; balanced by Atlético Madrid’s holding midfielder Rodri.
Suso has been in terrific form for A.C. Milan so far this season, scoring twice and providing 6 assists in Serie A this season, and that should see him win only his second cap for Selección.
Another man who’s been in great for recently is Paco Alcácer.
Since joining Borussia Dortmund from Barcelona in August, he has scored a staggering 7 goals in 4 matches.
With Diego Costa out and Álvaro Morata out of form, is this Alcácer’s time to shine?
This Spanish side looked absolutely amazing last month and they should have too much for Wales.
Predicted Wales team vs Spain
(Excluding Gareth Bale who is out through injury.)
Predicted Spain team news vs Wales
The latest tweets from Wales pre Spain
🏴 Ryan Giggs has named a 25-man squad for the international challenge match against Spain and the #NationsLeague encounter against the Republic of Ireland.
— FA WALES (@FAWales) October 4, 2018
— Wales 🏴 (@Cymru) September 9, 2018
— FA WALES (@FAWales) September 9, 2018
The latest tweets from Spain pre Wales
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) October 4, 2018
📺 Charlamos con los jugadores:
🗣 @AlvaroMorata: “Tenemos un partidazo ante Inglaterra”
🗣 @MarcBartra: “Jugar en Sevilla va a ser muy especial”
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) October 8, 2018
— RFEF (@rfef) October 8, 2018
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) September 11, 2018
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.