Preview: Spain vs Georgia – prediction, team news, lineups, where to watch
Spain will look to bounce back from Thursday’s disappointing loss to Sweden when they continue their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Georgia on Sunday night.
La Roja is currently second in Group B with seven points to show in their four matches, while Georgia sits at the bottom of the section, having accumulated just one point from their four matches.
In action for the first time since losing on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, Spain suffered a 2-1 loss to Sweden on Thursday night, and the hosts rallied to secure all three points.
Carlos Soler had given La Roja the perfect start in just the fourth minute of the contest in Solna, but Alexander Isak leveled less than a minute later before Viktor Claesson scored a second just before time, and the result allowed Sweden to move to the top. from Group B with nine points to show from their three games.
Spain, meanwhile, are now in second place in the section, having accumulated seven points from their four matches, and it would be a huge shock if they failed to claim neither the first nor the second in this particular section.
Luis Enrique’s team impressed at Euro 2020 and possibly performed above expectations, but there is no doubt that there are still issues to address before next year’s World Cup, where Spain will look to win the famous competition for a second. time in its history.
La Roja will be big favorites to beat Georgia for the fourth time on Sunday night, but the 2010 world champions suffered a 1-0 loss to opponents this weekend in a friendly as recent as June 2016.
Georgia, for its part, is aiming to qualify for a World Cup final for the first time in its history, but a poor start in Group B has already left them a mountain to climb at this stage.
In fact, the Crusaders opened their qualifying campaign with back-to-back losses to Sweden and Spain before earning a point against Greece in late March. However, the visitors will enter this match after another defeat, having suffered a 1-0 setback to Kosovo on Thursday night.
Georgia’s performance against Spain in the reverse match should give them confidence, but they are at the end of the section with just one point to show from their first four games, scoring just two goals in the process.
Willy Sagnol’s team came incredibly close to qualifying for Euro 2020, losing 1-0 to North Macedonia in their playoff in November 2020, and there have certainly been signs of progress in recent years.
However, Sweden and Spain are comfortable favorites to claim the top two places in Group B, and Georgia will surely need to win on Sunday to have any chance of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
Spain possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Llorente, Albiol, Laporte, Gaya; Soler, Rodri, Koke; Mendez, F Torres, Sarabia
Georgia possible starting lineup:
Loria; Kakabadze, Khocholava, Kashia, Azarovi; Aburjania, Kankava; Tsitaishvili, Qazaishvili, Kiteishvili; Kvilitaia
We say: Spain 2-0 Georgia
Georgia is certainly capable of making this an uncomfortable match for Spain, who disappointed Sweden last time. That said, we are having a hard time turning our backs on the hosts this time around and have therefore settled on a relatively routine two-goal success for Enrique’s team.