Russia vs. Spain: Time, Live Stream and TV Schedule for 2017 Friendly

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist INovember 14, 2017

Spain's defender Sergio Ramos (L) celebrates with Spain's defender Gerard Pique (R) after Spain's forward Alvaro Morata scored a goal during the international friendly football match Spain against Costa Rica at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on November 11, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER        (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Spain continue their FIFA 2018 World Cup preparations with an international friendly against Russia at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

The hosts were beaten 1-0 by Argentina on Saturday, going down to an 86th-minute winner from Sergio Aguero.

Spain, meanwhile, comfortably beat Costa Rica 5-0 to extend their unbeaten run under coach Julen Lopetegui.

Here is how you can watch the game:

      

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 14

Time: 6.45 p.m. (GMT)/1.45 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN3 (U.S.)

StreamWatchESPN

      

Preview

After an unbeaten qualifying campaign, Spain continued their winning ways against Costa Rica and will be favourites to win in Russia.

Lopetegui will be forced to make changes to his team with Isco having picked up a thigh problem on Saturday that has forced him to return to Real Madrid, per Ronan Murphy at Goal.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta may also be given a break, having played 74 minutes against Costa Rica on his return from injury.

The quality of Spain's midfield has been hailed by Spanish football writer Richard Martin:

However, Lopetegui has plenty of options and could bring in Marco Asensio, Saul Niguez, Luis Alberto, Asier Illarramendi or Suso, all of whom were substitutes on Saturday. 

David Silva will also need some stopping; the Manchester City man scored twice against Costa Rica and now has Spain's top scorers in sight, per Opta:

Next summer's World Cup hosts will need to improve on recent results, having lost to Argentina and only managed a 1-1 draw with Iran prior to that.

However, Russia did have chances against Argentina after some less than impressive goalkeeping from Sergio Romero, per football writer Roy Nemer:

They will need to take any chances they get against Spain if they are to get a result, with the visitors having plenty of firepower with Silva, Asensio and Alvaro Morata in the squad.

Spain's results and the strength of their squad mean they will be one of the favourites going into next summer's tournament, and Tuesday's match will give Russia a real indicator of how they measure up against one of the world's top teams.

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