Our match prediction:
Following back-to-back draws with the likes of Italy and Romania, Spain will be aiming to return to winning ways when they take on Bosnia and Herzegovina at AFG Arena on Sunday evening. La Furia Roja aim to prepare in the best possible way for the showpiece tournament in France and, no doubt, they will take Sunday’s friendly against the Balkan Dragons very seriously. Chelsea attacker Diego Costa has been omitted, but Juventus forward Alvaro Morata is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. The Bosnians, on the other hand, failed to make it to the Euro 2016 finals, but they have been impressive in 2016 so far. Following a 3-0 win over Luxembourg, Edin Dzeko and Co. did well to beat Switzerland in their last warm-up game, but beating Spain at AFG Arena is easier said than done. La Roja are desperate to return to winning ways and we predict that Vicente del Bosque’s men are going to beat Bosnia in Sunday’s football match
Highligted Player (Jordi Alba):
Jordi Alba is yet another product of Barcelona’s youth academy La Masia. The pacey full back, though, started playing for Valencia at senior level and after making 74 league appearances for los Che he returned to Barcelona in 2012. He signed a five-year deal with Barca on 28 June, 2012 and he made his debut for the Catalan giants on 19 August in a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad. Alba won his third La Liga title with Barca in 2016 and it has to be noted that he participated in a 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2014/2015 Champions League final. The left-footed defender made his Spain debut on 11 October, 2011 and one year later he won the European Championship trophy with la Furia Roja. He scored in the final against Italy. Jordi Alba has four caps for Spain U21 team and he played for Catalonia as well. The left back was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat on 21 March, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Spain):
Historically, Spain have been regarded as one of top sides on international stage, but they often struggled to live up to the billing. After reaching the semi-finals at the 1950 World Cup, La Furia Roja won the European Championship trophy on home soil in 1964, but little did they know that it would remain their only trophy for another 44 years. Following some disappointing showings, Spain finally returned to the biggest stage under Vicente Del Bosque, winning three straight trophies between 2008 and 2012, before crashing out in the group stage at the 2014 World Cup. La Furia Roja enjoyed plenty of success with their tiki-taka style of play, originally designed by Barcelona, with Vicente Del Bosque’s side packed with technically skilled players such as Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva. Strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa also had a major role to play in those successes, but when it comes to their famous predecessors, the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Michel, Emilio Butrageno, Raul Gonzalez, Fernando Morientes and Fernando Hierro should not be forgotten.