Fresh from hammering Georgia 7-1 last week, 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain will be high on confidence when they face Cyprus in the Euro 2024 qualifiers on Tuesday night at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.
La Roja will be seeking to finish this round of qualifying fixtures with a win as they close the gap on leaders Scotland.
Currently, the Luis de la Fuente-coached side sit in second place on the log on 6 points, nine behind table-topping Scotland who have played two games extra.
But with Norway and Georgia sitting just two points behind them in the Group A standings, the Spaniards have no more room for error with only the top two teams getting automatic tickets to the Euro 2024 tournament.
The team will be looking to build on the thrashing over Georgia where the scoreline would have given them the much-needed confidence that might have been lacking following their loss to Scotland.
Cyprus on the other hand have a herculean task when they take on the European giants.
The European minnows currently sit at the bottom of the pile having lost all four of their games and are staring at yet another qualification round where they will not qualify for a major finals, something they have never done in their history.
Last week, Scotland beat them 3-0 and cemented their place at the top of Group A and will need nothing short of a dogged performance to cause an upset.
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What time does Spain vs Cyprus start?
The game is set to kick off at 9:45pm Kenyan time on Tuesday 12 September 2023. The match will be played at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.
Spain vs Cyprus Team News
The hosts have a few fitness concerns with Marco Asensio and Dani Olmo, who started the game against Georgia, pulling out through injury. The two will be replaced by Ferran Torres and Yeremy Pino in the Spanish squad.
Hat-trick hero and captain Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line with French-born central defensive duo of Robin Le Normand and Aymeric Laporte also expected to continue their central defensive partnership.
Cyprus head coach Temus Ketsbaia will likely make a few alterations from the loss against Scotland and has no fresh fitness concerns with his players.
The Cyprus boss is also expected to retain the 3-5-2 shape and is unlikely change his defensive personnel at the back with the likes of Charalambos Kyriakou, Ioannis Pittas, Michalis Ioannou and Charalambos Charalambous expected to play a key role
Spain vs Cyprus head-to-head
Spain have a dominant head-to-head record against Cyprus in international football, having won seven of the eight matches that they have played so far.
Cyprus’ only victory was registered in September 1998.
In the last clash between the two, Spain hammered Cyprus 8-0 during an UEFA Euro Qualifiers match in 1999.
Spain vs Cyprus Current Form
Spain have four wins from their last five games including a UEFA Nations League victory over Croatia back in June. The loss they suffered in the five games was against Scotland who beat them 2-0.
Cyprus on the other hand have only one point out of the fifteen available having lost four of the five games and drawing the other against Armenia.
Spain vs Cyprus Prediction
The visitors come into this clash in disastrous form with their last win coming back in 2022 in a friendly win against Israel.
The home side are back to their free-scoring form and are expected to flex their muscles over Cyprus.
Having pumped seven goals against Georgia, Spain are expected to be in free scoring form with over two goals a famous prediction in the clash.