Luis Enrique seems to be establishing himself as an international coach finally. Spain’s recent performances with a young squad in the Euros and Nations League suggested a strong tournament in Qatar and they could not have been any more impressive in their opening game.
Key Players: Alvaro Morata, Pedri, Gavi
Team News: Luis Enrique is likely to stick with the same starting 11 that overpowered Costa Rica.
Predicted Line-Up: Simon, Gaya, Torres, Guillamon, Carvajal, Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Soler, Sarabia, Morata
Germany have a record at the World Cup that speaks for itself. However, they struggled in their last two international tournaments and got off to the worst possible start in this one when losing 2-1 to Japan. A response is needed against Spain if they are to have any hope of reaching the last 16.
Key Players: Joshua Kimmich, Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry
Team News: Hansi Flick has plenty of attacking talent at his disposal, but his side struggled against Japan to convert chances so he could make changes for this crucial match against Spain.
Predicted Line-Up: Neuer, Hoffman, Sule, Rudiger, Raum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Gnabry, Muller, Musiala, Haverz