It’s the final round of qualifiers for Euro 2020 this week, as Spain play host to Romania at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. La Roja are already assured of top spot in Group F, while the visitors are left with the hope of advancing to the play-offs following a disappointing defeat on Friday evening.
Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano – 18 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Spain vs. Romania: Sky Sports
Last time: Paco Alcacer doubled Spain’s advantage after Sergio Ramos gave Roberto Moreno’s side the lead from the penalty spot when the teams met in Bucharest two months ago, with Florin Andone pulling one back for Romania in a 2-1 defeat for the hosts.
Spain v Romania Predictions and Preview
Romania come into this game looking for their first ever competitive victory on Spanish soil, although the Tricolorii have managed two friendly victories away to La Roja. The most recent of those was back in 2006, although the countries have only met twice since then, a draw in Romania followed by Spain’s victory earlier in this qualifying campaign.
Spain are through to next summer’s Euros as Group F winners, which they secured with a thumping 7-0 victory over bottom team Malta on Friday evening. With seven different goalscorers, the 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners have now managed 26 goals from nine qualifying fixtures, conceding only five.
Romania meanwhile slipped to a discouraging 2-0 defeat at home to Sweden, meaning they can no longer qualify for Euro 2020 automatically this week. Their only hope comes down to relying on results elsewhere in order to secure a berth in the play-offs, with the Swedes assured of their spot at next summer’s showpiece as runners-up in Group F.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Spain to win to nil||10/11||Offer|
|Romania to win 1-0||35/1||Offer|
|Morata to score first||3/1||Offer|
The Tricolorii had been enjoying a strong campaign before their last two matches, both on home soil, having drawn 1-1 with Norway who they now sit above by virtue of games won, with an otherwise identical record on 14 points. They need to get back to winning ways here, but that’s going to be incredibly tough against their hosts on Monday.
Spain dominated possession when these countries met in early September, seeing 67% of the ball and restricting Romania to just two shots on target, despite having Diego Llorente sent off in the 79th minute. The Romanians will hope that their opponents take their foot off the gas here with qualification assured, and that Moreno decides to give minutes to some of the younger and more inexperienced members of his squad.
That could mean starts for Villarreal midfielder Pau Torres and Dinamo Zagreb’s Daniel Olmo, while former Arsenal man Santi Cazorla will hope for more minutes after reviving his international career following a horrific injury, and scoring against Malta on Friday. If he features again here, Spanish captain Sergio Ramos will win his 170th international cap, an incredible feat at the age of just 33.
His presence will only enhance Spain’s chances of winning this game, with the home team the overwhelming favourites to round off their campaign with another three points. La Roja are 1/6 for the win, while Romania are 16/1 and the draw is priced at 7/1.
One to watch for Spain: Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Spain against Malta in Cadiz on Friday, and the Atletico Madrid striker is 3/1 to repeat the feat in his club’s home stadium on Monday.
One to watch for Romania: Ludogorets striker Claudiu Keseru has a decent international record of 13 goals from 37 appearances, and he is available at 20/1 to upset the odds by breaking the deadlock in Madrid.
Long shot: Romania won 1-0 in Cadiz the last time they visited Spain, and former Atletico Madrid full-back Cosmin Contra’s side are out at 35/1 to do the same again here.