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World Cup 2022: Spain preview


World Cup 2022: Spain preview

Spain face Germany, Japan, and Costa Rica. Inform your bets ahead of the 2022 World Cup with the Spain team preview from Pinnacle.

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World Cup 2022: Spain preview

Spain were crowned world champions for the first time in 2010, but they have underwhelmed at the two editions of the World Cup since that success and will head to Qatar with a point to prove.

Luis Enrique’s men have been drawn in Group E, where they will come up against Japan, Costa Rica, and four-time champions Germany.

Read on to inform your predictions for Spain at World Cup 2022.

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World Cup 2022: Spain key stats

Manager: Luis Enrique

Key player: Pedri

FIFA World Ranking (at time of writing): 7th

Recent performances: World Cup 2018 – Round of 16, World Cup 2014 – Group Stage

Odds to win Group E: 1.952 (-105)*

Odds to win World Cup 2022: 9.500 (+850)*

World Cup 2022: Spain schedule

All times listed are CET (Central European Time).

November 23, 17:00: Spain vs. Costa Rica

November 27, 20:00: Spain vs. Germany

December 1, 20:00: Japan vs. Spain

World Cup 2022: How will Spain fare in Group E?

Spain have only failed to make it out of their group twice in the last 10 major international tournaments they have participated at and they will expect that record to be extended in Qatar.

La Roja should have no problems seeing off Costa Rica in their opening fixture, but their second match against Germany on November 27 could go a long way to deciding which nation tops the group.

Lose to the Germans, and Spain will face a nervy clash with Japan, who reached the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup, although it is difficult to envisage Luis Enrique's side not securing a top-two finish in the group.

World Cup 2022: An analysis of Spain’s squad?

Spain's squad is one packed full of young, attacking talent, which is epitomised by Barcelona teenagers Ansu Fati, Gavi, and Pedri – with the latter being named Young Player of the Tournament at the Euros last summer.

Ferran Torres, Yeremy Pino, and Nico Williams are among some of the other exciting youngsters that could feature in Qatar, while Spain will head to the tournament on a high after qualifying for next summer's UEFA Nations League finals.

While there are plenty of creative players within the squad, Enrique is perhaps lacking an out-and-out goalscorer, with Álvaro Morata likely to fulfil that role despite question marks remaining over his finishing ability.

Defensively, there are also one or two concerns, with Enrique having used four different centre-back partnerships across Spain's last four matches.

World Cup 2022: What tactics will Spain use?

Spain remain attached to the tiki-taka style of football that brought them, and Barcelona, so much success between 2006-2012, with obvious comparisons being made between current stars Gavi and Pedri, and Xavi and Andrés Iniesta.

Enrique has tended to operate in a 4-3-3 formation during his second spell in charge of La Roja, with captain Sergio Busquets anchoring the midfield, which allows the likes of Gavi and Pedri to flex their passing muscles.

World Cup 2022: Is there value in Spain’s odds?

Spain should have no problems advancing from Group E and there could be some value in backing them to secure over 6.5 points from their three matches, given they are the highest-ranked team in the group.

Whether they win their group or finish second, a showdown with either Croatia or Belgium is likely to await Spain in the round of 16, and a clash with the former would bring back happy memories, as they knocked Croatia out at the same stage of Euro 2020.

Backing Spain to reach the quarter-finals could prove shrewd, although it is difficult to envisage Enrique's side going any further given their lack of an out-and-out goalscorer and the relative inexperience of the squad.

Don't forget to read our previews for all 32 teams at World Cup 2022 where you can find in-depth analysis of each team competing in Qatar.

*Odds subject to change

 


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