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Friendly International: Romania vs Spain preview

Kick-off: Sunday, 27 March @19:45 GMT

Venue: Cluj Arena (Cluj-Napoca)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Spain vs Romania 0-1 (2006 Friendly International)
Spain vs Romania 1-1 (1997 Friendly International)
Romania vs Spain 1-2 (Euro 1996)
Spain vs Romania 0-1 (1991 Friendly International)
Romania vs Spain 3-1 (Euro 1988 qualifiers)

Romania vs Spain prediction

Having shared the spoils with Italy in Udine, Spain will play yet another game on the road in their preparations for the 2016 European Championship finals. La Roja take on Romania at Cluj Arena and it remains to be seen if Vicente del Bosque’s men are capable of returning to winning ways.

Hard-fought win over Lithuania

Romania will return to the big stage in June as they book their place at the 2016 European Championship finals. The Romanians have been drawn with the likes of Albania, Switzerland and France in Group A and many people believe that they have decent chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament. The Tricolorii were impressive at the back during the Euro 2016 qualifiers and they did well to keep a clean sheet in Wednesday’s friendly against Lithuania. Thanks to Stanciu’s goal in the second half of the match Romania recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Lithuanians and it has to be noted that the team extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions. Anyhow, the hosts face an uphill task in Sunday’s game against European champions Spain.

The likes of Alexandru Chipciu, Cristian Tanase and Alexandru Maxim have been left out of the squad for the March friendlies, while Adrian Ropotan could play some part in Sunday’s friendly against Spain after being left out on the bench in the game against Lithuania.

Del Bosque set to mix the squad against Romania

As expected, Spain booked their place at the 2016 European Championship finals without any difficulties. The title holders want to go all the way at the showpiece tournament, but it seems as if the team looked much sharper four years ago in Ukraine and Poland. Anyhow, La Roja are regarded as one of the main favourites to win the prestigious trophy and, no doubt, coach Vicente del Bosque will use upcoming friendly matches to prepare his team in the best possible way for their Euro 2016 opener against Czech Republic. Spain played out a 1-1 draw with Italy in Udine on Thursday evening, with Aritz Aduriz scoring the equalizer for la Roja on his return to the national team. Vicente del Bosque fielded a very strong starting line-up against the Azzurri, but seeing that the Spaniards take on Romania on Sunday, the experienced tactician could mix the squad this time out.

Diego Costa, Andres Iniesta and Daniel Carvajal have been left out of the squad, while Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla misses the game through injury. Iker Casillas, David Silva, Koke and Jordi Alba are all likely to return to the starting line-up. Sergio Ramos was forced to withdraw from the squad with injury.

Quick Facts

  • Romania scored 1+ goals in previous five meetings with Spain
  • Tricolorii are on a 16-match unbeaten run
  • Spain suffered their last defeat on 31 March, 2015
  • La Roja recorded seven wins in previous eight matches
  • Ciprian Marica scored the winner for Romania in a 1-0 victory over Spain in their last meeting
  • Spain are after their first win over Romania since 1996

Romania vs Spain betting tip

Spain shared the spoils with Italy in midweek and the European giants will definitely give 100% to start a new winning run when they take on Romania on Sunday. Despite the fact that coach Vicente del Bosque is going to make changes to the team that faced the Azzurri in Udine, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the European Champions.

Tip: Spain to win

Odds: 1.65 (7/11) @Betfair

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