Scotland vs Spain: Qualification battle

Posted on October 11, 2011

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Scotland face Spain tonight, with a place in Euro 2012, the reward for victory, if certain conditions are applied.

Spain, the world and European champions have already won Group I, their place in the Poland and Ukraine finals secured.

In Alicante tonight, Scotland will try to win the runners-up spot, which would see them claim a place in the play-offs. However they need to match or better Czech Republic’s result in Lithuania.

The group looks like this at the moment:

Teams P W D L Pts
1 Spain Spain 7 7 0 0 21
2 Scotland Scotland 7 3 2 2 11
3 Czech Republic Czech Republic 7 3 1 3 10
4 Lithuania Lithuania 7 1 2 4 5
5 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 8 1 1 6 4

The Tartan army will swarm Alicante tonight

Nonetheless, Spain are likely to rest players, but this no way means that they will lie down. Having being defeated only once in competitive football by Switzerland in 2006, Spain’s great record is at stake and let’s be honest, they are unlikely to relax.

A notable problem is that Scotland have failed to qualify for every major tournament since the World Cup 1998.

Coach Vicente del Bosque has confirmed he will make changes but Spain’s reserves could give the Scot’s a run for their money.

Scotland look set to go with one man in attack. However, with Craig Mackail-Smith struggling with hamstring and back injuries and Kenny Miller also struggling with his thigh injury, Blackburn’s David Goodwillie may play. Aston Villa winger Barry Bannan may start despite an Achilles problem.

Bannon is likely to start

Scotland’s best chance of qualification rests upon Spain playing the dismal Fernando Torres. Lithuania will then also have to take points from Czech Republic, it is worth noting that Lithuania did indeed defeat the Czech’s in the last fixture between the clubs.

So, COME ON THE SCOTLAND and good luck to the Lithuanians.

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