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Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Strength in depth can help Spain overcome Colombia

Euro giants should be too strong

Spain forward Alvaro Morata
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International friendly
8.30pm Wednesday

Spain have won six of their last eight matches and should get the better of Colombia in Murcia despite the probable absence of several Real Madrid players who were involved in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Isco started for Los Blancos at the weekend and are unlikely to feature against Colombia.

Alvaro Morata and Marco Asensio - who came off the bench - and unused substitute Nacho have a better chance of playing but manager Julen Lopetegui may hold back some of his key men for Sunday's World Cup qualifier away to Macedonia.

However, there is plenty of depth and quality in the Spanish squad and they should be particularly strong in attack with Chelsea duo Pedro and Diego Costa eager to put their FA Cup final disappointment behind them.

The weakness may be in defence with the responsibility on the shoulders of Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique to resist the threat of a lively Colombian attack featuring James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao.

Colombia are clearly a strong side (they are second in South American World Cup qualifying) and should be motivated to impress against one of Europe's big guns.

However, they will struggle to contain the free-scoring Spanish, who have netted at least two goals in seven of their eight matches since Euro 2016.

A home victory and a high-scoring outcome are likely scenarios, so it may be worth siding with Spain to win and both teams to score.

Recommendation
Spain to win & both teams to score
1pt 11-4 general

Bet on this match at Soccerbase.com

There is plenty of depth and quality in the Spanish squad and they should be particularly strong in attack
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