Our prediction for this match:
David faces Goliath at Amman International Stadium as Spain and Jordan go head to head in a pre-World Cup game. La Roja are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s friendly, but boss Luis Enrique must warn his men against complacency. All Sergio Ramos, Thiago Alcantara, and David De Gea have been left out of the squad, while experienced forward Alvaro Morata is widely expected to lead the line for the Spaniards.
Jordan, on the other hand, are eyeing their sixth consecutive win in all competitions, but Luis Enrique’s troops will pose a much bigger threat for the home side than their previous rivals. As previously mentioned, David take on Goliath in Amman, meaning that anything but a routine away triumph would be a big surprise. It has to be noted that the two teams have never met before on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Adama Traore):
After starting his youth career at Hospitalet, Adama Traore moved to Barcelona football academy La Masia in 2004. The pacey winger made a great progress during his spell with the Catalan giants and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 63 appearances for Barca B.
Adama Traore made his debut for the first team against Granada (4-0) on November 23, 2013, replacing Brazilian superstar Neymar in the 83rd minute of the match. In the summer of 2015, he signed for Aston Villa for a fee of £7 million, but he made no more than 11 appearances in the Premier League for the Vilans. At the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to fellow English club Middlesbrough and he made his debut for the Boro in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on September 10, 2016.
Due to his dual citizenship, Adama Traore is eligible to represent Spain and Mali at senior level, but it has to be noted that he played for youth categories of La Roja.