Group F leaders Spain meet closest challengers Romania on Matchday 5 of EURO 2020 qualification. La Roja, who have won each of their first four matches, will be led by Roberto Moreno who initially took over on an interim basis before his appointment in June as Luis Enrique’s successor. The 2012 champions have netted 11 goals and conceded just twice from 360 minutes of action.
Where and when: Arena Națională, Bucharest – 5 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Romania vs. Spain: Sky Sports
Last time: The countries played out a goalless draw in March 2016 in what was legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ penultimate appearance for Spain.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Paco Alcácer to score anytime||11/5||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||9/4||Offer|
|Spain to win 2-0||28/5||Offer|
Romania v Spain Predictions and Preview
Spain are the overwhelming favourites to advance from the qualifying process but Romania also have reason to be confident. The Tricolours have hit the back of the net on 10 occasions from the last three games and will certainly pose a threat to Sergio Ramos’ backline.
Boss Cosmin Contra will task George Puscas with firing Romania to glory after the young forward’s breakout summer. Puscas has a formidable scoring ratio at youth level and was instrumental at the European Under-21 Championship, netting four times for Tricolorii mici.
Prior to the tournament, the 23-year-old was on the books of Italian giants Inter, but never really got an opportunity to showcase his obvious talent and soon moved to Championship outfit Reading for a fee in the region of £8m.
The Romanian has unsurprisingly hit the ground running for his new side and could arguably play at an even higher level. A good showing against La Roja would only elevate him further, and Puscas is 15/4 to open proceedings while the hosts are 8/1 to clinch all three points. Meanwhile, a draw is 3/1.
Travelling party Spain are much changed. 13 of the 23 men selected have featured in less than 10 senior international matches. On-loan Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos takes his place in the squad but is likely to take his place on the substitutes bench alongside Kepa Arrizabalaga.
One to watch for Romania: Ianis Hagi has made the step-up alongside Puscas and will operate just off the Reading ace. Hagi, the son of the great Gheorghe, is 11/2 to score last.
One to watch for Spain: Paco Alcácer has been in stellar form for Borussia Dortmund and deserves his recall. The ex-Valencia man is 11/8 to bag anytime.
Long shot: Romania have not lost on home soil in nearly three years, further highlighting the continual improvement of the national side and setup. The Tricolours have been equally lethal through on goal as their opponents and an entertaining 2-2 final score is available at 20/1.