Spain vs. Georgia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Spain need just a solitary point to clinch a place in the 2014 World Cup. In Spain and against a Georgian side that has won just one of seven qualifiers, it certainly seems like a simple enough feat for the defending champions.
Oh, and Spain also haven't lost in 52 consecutive World Cup qualifiers, so a draw seems all but assured.
With more than enough star power to earn a win against far more talented sides than Georgia, Spain will hope for a more comfortable result than their 2-1 victory over Belarus on Friday evening. Let's break this contest down.
When: Tuesday, October 15 at 2:55 p.m. ET (8 p.m. BST)
Where: Estadio Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain
Watch: ESPN Deportes; WatchESPN; BT Sport 2 (UK)
While the Spanish midfield is absolutely loaded with talent, filling out the lone forward spot atop the country's favored 4-5-1 formation has remained vexing for a few years now. Players such as Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Torres, David Villa, Fernando Llorente, Roberto Soldado, Michu and Diego Costa are all competing for Vicente del Bosque's affection.
As Negredo told ESPN, taking advantage of any opportunities given is important with so much competition for the position:
It's very tough in the national team, there are a lot of good players, so when we go out on the pitch we give it everything, and sometimes things go well and sometimes they don't.
As strikers we live for goals. In the last game against Belarus I was fortunate enough to get on the pitch and score the second, on other days things don't go so well. You need to take advantage of the minutes you get because the competition is tough.
If Torres and Villa miss this contest due to injury—and if Del Bosque decides to go in a different direction after Michu failed to make much of an impression against Belarus—Negredo could have his shot on Tuesday.
Speaking of Del Bosque, the Spanish manager wasn't pleased with his team's "ambition" against Belarus and wants to see it improve against Georgia, via ESPN:
The game had the script we expected—all our opponents play the same way. We weren't able to break them down but the important thing is that we won and we are closer to our objective.
We wanted to play deeper down the wings, but when we scored we adopted a conservative spirit and it was to our detriment. I think that we should have tried to be more ambitious.
With an automatic qualifying place on the line, it's hard to imagine Spain showing less ambition than they did against Belarus.
Spain are more talented, deeper, at home and playing for actual stakes, unlike Georgia, who will simply be looking to end their qualifying campaign on a positive note.
The question doesn't seem to be whether the Spaniards will win or not, but by how much. Expect this one to be over early on and the home side to take the air out of this game with their favored style of possession football.
Spain wins, 3-0.
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