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Euro 2021 Qualifiers: FYR Macedonia v Spain preview

Kick-off: 8 September @ 19:45 CET

Venue: Filip II Makedonski (Skopje, FYR Macedonia)

Past meetings

Spain v FYR Macedonia 5-1 (Euro 2021 qualifier)
FYR Macedonia v Spain 2-3 (International friendly)
Spain v FYR Macedonia 3-0 (1996 Euro qualifier)
FYR Macedonia v Spain 0-2 (1996 Euro qualifier)

FYR Macedonia

Last 5 matches:

FYR Macedonia v Slovakia 0-2 (Euro 2021 qualifier)
FYR Macedonia v Belarus 1-2 (Euro 2021 qualifier)
FYR Macedonia v Australia 0-0 (International friendly)
Slovakia v FYR Macedonia 2-1 (Euro 2021 qualifier)
Luxembourg v FYR Macedonia 1-0 (Euro 2021 qualifier)

Team News:

Arijan Ademi (4/1), Goran Siljanovski (2/0) and Jovan Kostovski (11/2) have all withdrawn from the FYR Macedonia squad through injury, whereas Vladimir Dimitrovski (4/0) has been removed from the national team camp.

Daniel Mojsov (29/0) pulled out through injury after the Spain game, with the likes of Vladica Brdarovski, Bazhe Ilijoski, Enis Bardhi, Gojko Zajkov, Boban Nikolov and Marjan Radeski all drafted into the squad.

Stefan Ristovski (18/0) and Besart Abdurahimi (10/1) are both banned for the Spain match, but the good news is that Ferhan Hasani is back after he missed the 1-0 loss to Luxembourg through suspension.

Players to watch: Ferhan Hasani, Mirko Ivanovski.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Pacovski – Alioski, Shikov, Ristevski, Zuta – Gligorov, Petrovic – Muarem, Hasani, Ivanovski – Ilijoski.


Last 5 matches:

Spain v Ukraine 1-0 (Euro 2021 qualifier)
Netherlands v Spain 2-0 (International friendly)
Spain v Costa Rica 2-1 (International friendly)
Belarus v Spain 0-1 (Euro 2021 qualifier)
Spain v Slovakia 2-0 (Euro 2021 qualifier)

Team News:

Spain national team recorded a comfortable win over Slovakia to return to the top of the group and they now aim to see off sorry FYR Macedonia and edge even closer to the tournament finals.

Coach Vicente Del Bosque has hinted he will make some changes to the starting line-up despite the fact that he has absolutely no selection problems at the moment.

The likes of Koke, Isco, Daniel Carvajal and Marc Bartra are all tipped to start as the boss clearly expects to have an easy job in Skopje and is not afraid to rest some of his regular starters.

Players to watch: Diego Costa, David Silva, Andres Iniesta.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Casillas – Carvajal, Bartra, Pique, Alba – Koke, Busquets, Iniesta – Silva, Diego Costa, Isco.

FYR Macedonia v Spain betting odds & tips

*Having suffered a 1-0 loss to minnows Luxembourg, the hosts clearly cannot expect to shock star-studded Spain side, with away win paying 1.18 (2/11).

*With FYR Macedonia missing a host of first team regulars, you should know that La Furia Roja is 1.63 (21/33) for a half-time/full-time win.

*Considering that Spain have won last five qualifiers without conceding, bear in mind that away win to nil is 1.62 (5/8).

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