Spain v England: Hosts can maintain upward surge in Seville clash
Jack Lang is expecting Luis Enrique's side to complete a UEFA Nations League double over the Three Lions...
"Given the goalscoring potential that they displayed against Croatia and Wales, Spain will be confident of having some joy against the England backline, and even if they do rotate"
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Spain on the up
After the shambles that was their summer, Spain have hit the ground running under Luis Enrique. La Furia Roja have three wins from three under the former Barcelona boss, but that hardly does justice to the quality of their performances: they eviscerated World Cup finalists Croatia a month ago, and were similarly convincing against Wales last Thursday.
Enrique deserves credit for starting a much-needed generation shift at the heart of the side. The old guard is still represented by Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets and others, but they have been joined by plenty of youngsters - Rodri, Dani Ceballos, José Gaya, Suso - and players who were underused by the previous regimes, like Sául and Thiago. Throw in a rejuvenated Paco Alcácer, the scorer of a fine brace in Cardiff, and you have a pretty exciting recipe.
England momentum dwindling?
No fans, no atmosphere and not much excitement: that was the balance sheet of England's drab goalless draw against Croatia on Friday night. The Three Lions probably had the chances to sneak a win, but apart from those few hardy fans perched on top of that Rijeka hill, no one from England really came out of the affair with their reputation enhanced.
Is the excitement surrounding England's sugar-rush summer starting to fade already? Perhaps, not least because the goal shyness that eventually cost Gareth Southgate's side in Russia has continued into the new cycle. But the presence of exciting youngsters like Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount in the squad at least provides some extra interest - and how thrilling it would be to see them given a run-out in Seville.
Hosts look the pick
Spain saw off England at Wembley in September and have only gone from strength to strength since, whereas the Three Lions have played out two pretty joyless matches, against Switzerland and Croatia. That, coupled with Spain's fine record on home soil (just two losses in the own country since the 2010 World Cup), makes it a slight surprise to see the hosts as long as [1.68] to win.
Given the goalscoring potential that they displayed against Croatia and Wales, Spain will be confident of having some success against the England backline, and even if they do rotate, the likes of Rodrigo, Iago Aspas and Marco Asensio are all excellent options. If you fancy Spain to win, you can back them to do so in a game featuring over 1.5 goals at Evens on the Sportsbook.
Marco the man
The aforementioned Asensio could be the top pick in the goalscorer market on Monday night. He was given the night off against Wales, but impressed in his last outing for Spain, scoring one goal and laying on three others against Croatia. If he does start, odds of 23/10 will make him a good anytime pick.
Betfair's new tool allows you to combine multiple picks in the same bet. So you could back Spain to win, over 2.5 goals and Asensio to find the net at odds of [5.69].
Back Spain to win and over 1.5 goals at Evens (Sportsbook)