Spain Tries to Reignite Fire as International Friendlies Kick-off Tonight

Published September 4, 2014 by Sol FH

Spain Tries to Reignite Fire as International Friendlies Kick-off Tonight

Can Spain begin to redeem themselves against France in tonight's 20:00 match at the Stade de France?

A few months ago, Spanish soccer was dealt a blow when they international men's team was ousted in group play. From 2008-2012, Spain was the world's powerhouse team, winning 2 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. Spain's "tiki-taka" style of play seemed outdated and obvious during the World Cup and Vicente del Bosque has opted to change things up before the current round of international play.  

Battle of the Gods

Spain and France meet tonight at Stade de France, the venue for the 2016 European Championships Finals. Anyone would agree that these teams would be an excellent final match for the European Championships and we are lucky to be able to see them face off in tonight's friendly.  

The Spanish side was dealt a blow earlier last week when Andres Iniesta, the star midfielder for Barcelona, announced he would be withdrawing from tonight's game and Monday's match against Macedonia with a knee injury.  Spain will not be calling upon any replacement player as del Bosque wishes to stay with his named 22 man roster.  The team will also be without Xavi Hernandez and Xavi Alonso, that both announced their retirement from international play.  

The Spaniards will have many new faces on the pitch tonight, which could say something as to where the team is headed.  Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Koke and 3 other young player's will have added responsibility and could play central roles in tonight's match.

France's side will not be much different than the one we saw defeated by Germany 1-0 in the World Cup Quarterfinals. Didier Deschamps has faith in his first team and has the home advantage on his side. They will be without their star defender Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), following a nasty head collision on Sunday. 

Winner Sports' Betting Odds

France are Winner Sports' favorites for tonight's match at 2.45 to Spain's 2.87.  It may be wise to think about a draw, as the line is an attractive 3.20.  There are also Correct Score, Half Time/Full Time Result and additional markets available for punters interested in making online sports bets.

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