Spain vs South Africa preview

Game : Spain vs South Africa

Competition : Confederations Cup 2009, Group A

Venue : Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Date : 20 June 2009, Saturday, 20.30 South African Standard Time

Spain will look to set a new world record of fifteen consecutive victories when they take on South Africa in their final group match in Bloemfontein.

La Furia Roja have already qualified for the last four by virtue of their wins against New Zealand and Iraq, and are guaranteed of finishing first in the group if they do not lose to South Africa.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is expected to rest several first team regulars. So we could see either Dani Guiza or Fernando Llorente come in for Fernando Torres. In all probability, it will be the former. Liverpool keeper Jose Reina may get a rare start between the sticks, and Cesc Fabregas is expected to return to the starting XI after missing the game against Iraq through injury.

Spain form- last five games- all competitions- Spain scorers in brackets

Spain 1-0 Iraq ( David Villa)
New Zealand 0-5 Spain ( Fernando Torres*3, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas)
Azerbaijan 0-6 Spain ( David Villa*3, Albert Riera, Dani Guiza, Fernando Torres)
Turkey 1-2 Spain ( Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera)
Spain 1-0 Turkey ( Gerard Pique)

Hosts South Africa got their Confederations Cup campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over New Zealand in their last game. Red Star Belgrade striker Bernard Parker, who blocked Kagisho Dikacoi’s goal bound attempt against Iraq, redeemed himself with a brace against New Zealand.

A draw will guarantee South Africa’s spot in the last four. Should they lose and Iraq win, it will come down to goal difference.

South Africa form- last five games- all competitions- South Africa scorers in brackets

New Zealand 0-2 South Africa ( Bernard Parker*2)
South Africa 0-0 Iraq
South Africa 1-0 Poland ( Terror Fanteni)
Portugal 2-0 South Africa
South Africa 2-1 Norway (Bernard Parker, Siphwe Tshabalala)

Spain’s reserve players will be hoping to push for a first team spot, and that could make things difficult for South Africa. But there is lot at stake for Bafana, and they will not want to perform poorly.

Verdict:- Spain 1-1 South Africa ( Villa, Pienaar)

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