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Spain vs Kosovo: Predictions
Spain have began their road to the 2022 Qatar World Cup with a draw in their opening game against Greece and then a narrow 2-1 victory against Georgia after Dani Olmo scored in stoppage time to provide Luis Enrique’s side with all three points. The Spaniards have not lost a World Cup qualifying game in 28 years but found themselves behind at half-time but were saved by the late goal from the 22-year-old.
Kosovo’s opening game was one they will be hoping to put behind them after an emphatic 3-0 defeat to Sweden which was not made any better by Bernard Berisha’s stoppage-time red card. In what was a comfortable afternoon for the Swedes, Kosovo failed to test Kristoffer Nordfeldt in the Sweden goal.
Since becoming an independent nation Kosovo have not qualified for a major tournament but have shown signs of progression having narrowly missed out on a place at Euro 2020 as they finished third in their group. After England ran away with Group A, it was between the Czech Republic and Kosovo to battle it out for the second spot but they fell just shy in the end.
In Spain’s last appearance at the World Cup they were left stunned as holders Russia knocked the 2010 champions out in the Round of 16. With this summer’s European Championship quickly approaching, Enrique will be looking for his side to get back to their best like he witnessed in their 6-0 drubbing of Germany in November.
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Spain vs Kosovo: Match Stats
Gerard Moreno has scored 16 times in La Liga this season across his 23 appearances for Villareal. However, the striker has not started in either of the opening two games in this international break. Given Kosovo’s world ranking and the fact Alvaro Morata has played all 180 minutes of Spain’s World Cup Qualifiers, Moreno could well see some action on Wednesday night.
Luis Enrique has admitted he is worried about the game against Kosovo on Wednesday. Despite playing the 89th-ranked side in the world on Sunday it took Spain until the second minute of stoppage time to find the winner. Having not lost a World Cup qualifying game in 28 years the Spanish manager will be hoping for a much better display on Wednesday.