Spain are looking to take control of World Cup qualification Group B when they host Georgia at the Estadio Nuevo Vivero in Badajoz on Sunday. La Roja beat the Crusaders on their own patch earlier in this qualifying campaign and will be confident of completing the double here.
Where and when: Estadio Nuevo Vivero – 5 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Spain vs. Georgia: Sky Sports
Last time: Dani Olmo scored an injury-time winner to complete Spain’s 2-1 comeback victory over Georgia in March, after Ferran Torres had cancelled out Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s first-half opener.
Spain v Georgia Predictions and Preview
Spain may come into this World Cup qualifier as the overwhelming favourites, but Georgia were actually victorious in their last match on Spanish soil. Tornike Okriashvili scored the only goal of the game as the Crusaders beat a strong Furia Roja side 1-0 at Getafe’s Coliseum Alfonso Perez in 2016, which was the most recent meeting between the countries prior to this year.
The Spanish team also had to come through adversity to beat Georgia earlier in this qualification campaign, only claiming a late victory in the 92nd minute. Luis Enrique is starting to build an exciting young team which still has a good level of experience though, while La Roja’s coach will be pleased with the return to form of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
The likes of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Koke and Alvaro Morata are among the experienced heads in this squad, but there’s no place for Chelsea new boy Saul Niguez. Manchester City’s Ferran Torres provides a real goal threat up top following a fast start to the season, while Wolves forward Adama Traore is greased lightning out wide.
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Spain responded to dropping two points in their Group B opener away to Greece by beating Georgia and Kosovo in their next two fixtures, entering the current international window top of the section. The Crusaders failed to win any of their opening three matches, going down 1-0 away to Sweden before following the defeat to Spain with a draw in Greece.
The visitors are the clear underdogs in these Spain v Georgia predictions, with former France international Willy Sagnol possessing minimal quality in his squad. There’s plenty of experience in the form of veterans such as Giorgi Loria, Guram Kashia and Jaba Kankava, but the Georgians don’t carry much of a goal threat and this could be a long night at the office for them.
One to watch for Spain: Ferran Torres has made a strong start to the season, netting two goals in Man City’s 5-0 victory over Arsenal just before the international break. The forward scored the equaliser in the reverse fixture against Georgia earlier this year and is worth a look in the first goalscorer market here.
One to watch for Georgia: Goalkeeper Giorgi Loria is likely to be central to the away team’s chances in this Spain v Georgia preview. An inspired performance from the 35-year-old could pave the way for the Crusaders to snatch an unlikely result.
Long shot: A scorecast could be the way to go if you’re looking for big odds in these Spain v Georgia tips. A 2-0 victory for La Roja could be in the running, which you may wish to combine with Torres scoring the first goal.