Belarus vs. Spain: Who Will Win the 2014 World Cup Qualifier in Minsk?

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IOctober 11, 2012

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Belarus and Spain will face each other in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier this Friday. The match will be celebrated at Dynamo Stadium in Minsk, Belarus.

What are the possibilities of either team winning this match? A study of both teams is needed to arrive at a conclusion.

Belarus

Belarus is in last place in its Group I 2014 World Cup classification with zero points. They lost their last two matches against Georgia and France.

Belarus is currently in 87th place in the current FIFA Coca Cola ranking with 410 points. While Belarus has not advanced in FIFA, they should not be underestimated.

Javi Martinez, who is a midfielder for Bayern Munich and Spain, warned about complacency. Belarus is currently number 19 in the UEFA Ranking scale with FC Bate Borisov in the UEFA Champions League.

The principal players to watch are Alexander and Vyacheslav Hleb. Alexander Hleb is a midfielder who has been associated with teams such as Arsenal, FC Barcelona, Wolfsburg, and FC BATE Borisov.

During his 13 World Cup qualifying matches, Alexander Hleb has four wins, four draws, and five losses, with one goal for and one yellow card.

Vyacheslav Hleb was previously part of the Chinese team Shenzhen, with a World Cup record of one win, three draws, and five losses within nine matches played. Hleb has one goal and one yellow card.

Belarus is the home of FC BATE Borisov, who defeated FC Bayern Munich in a UEFA Champions League tournament.

The hometown advantage is present with the Belarus National Football Team, which helps.

 

Spain

Spain is currently in second place in the Group I World Cup classifications with three points. They are currently behind France and their six points.

The Iberian country barely survived their qualification match, held in Tblisi, by defeating Georgia. Spain will see Javi Martinez, Iker Casillas, Cesc Fabregas, and Roberto Soldado in action during this crucial match.

In the current FIFA Coca Cola rankings, Spain is in first place with 1611 points. Javier Martinez may play an important role. Cesc Fabregas, Iker Casillas, and Roberto Soldado may have vital roles in this match.

Iker Casillas rarely concedes goals as a goalkeeper for Spain and Real Madrid. Roberto Soldado is a striker for Spain and Valencia CF who was instrumental in the victory against Georgia.

 

Prediction: Belarus 1-2 Spain

While the magazine Goal has three predictions with Belarus being scoreless against Spain, I do not agree with Goal, as Belarus will not concede easily in their hometown.

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