- Spain and France haven’t met once since March 2017
- La Roja lead 3-1-1 in the head-to-head since June 2012
- Both teams are undefeated in their last two outings
Spain and France will clash in the UEFA Nations League, League A finals, on Sunday, October 10. The match will take place at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) in Milan, Italy and will mark the first clash between these two big soccer nations since March 2017.
France enter the match with a 2-2-1 record in their last five outings, having won both of their last two fixtures. Spain are 3-1-1 over the same stretch with three back-to-back wins against Georgia (4-0), Kosovo (2-0), and Italy (2-1).
Spain vs France Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: Soccer
- Teams: France at Spain
- Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy
- Date: Sunday, October 10
- Betting Odds: Spain +190 | Draw +220 | France +145 (at BetRivers)
Spain Preview: Excellent in Attack
Spain enter this match fresh off an impressive showing against Italy, who they beat 2-1 on Wednesday, October 6. Although La Roja won with a minimal margin, the Spanish outfit looked excellent in the attack against a formidable Italian defence.
Once more, Luis Enrique’s side showed that they’re more than sum of their parts and outclassed the European champions with 13 shots on goal to eight and a 70% ball possession. Even though Italy had to play without Leonardo Bonucci from minute 42, it wasn’t like Spain were struggling up to there.
One thing to take away from Spain’s showings is that while their squad doesn’t scream quality, they still perform like one. However, it’s important to note that while Spain can look very potent in the final third, they also lack in defence, particularly on the wings.
France Preview: Defence is an Issue
Like Spain, France have now impressed with their work in the back. That was most notable in their clash with Belgium on Thursday, October 7, when France conceded two goals, albeit they also produced three to walk away with a hard-fought 3-2 win.
Still, the match could have easily ended in a commanding win for Belgium, who were by far the best team for the first 45 minutes. They scored twice in the first half, entering the final 45 minutes of the game with a commanding 2-0 lead, yet they struggled to contain France’s frontline.
While France’s attack deserves some praise for scoring three goals, their defensive work left a lot to be desired. Across their last seven outings, France have managed to keep a clean sheet only once, against Finland (2-0).
Outside of that, France have conceded at least one goal against Bosnia & Herzegovina, Switzerland, Portugal, Hungary, and Ukraine.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This Soccer Game
Both France and Spain can cause some serious damage in the attack, but they both lack solid defence, which suggests that we’re in for a high-scoring night. To put it into perspective, Spain and France have scored 10 goals across their last five but have conceded five and seven, respectively.
Given their ability to score goals just as easily as they concede them, a bet on BTTS (Both teams to score) at -125 makes a lot of sense. Even though that has happened only once across their last five meetings (1-1 in October 2012), we must also consider that France and Spain haven’t met once in over four years.
What’s more, BTTS has landed in six of Spain’s last nine international matches and six of France’s last seven.
Spain vs France Pick
- KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: BTTS -125 (at BetRivers)
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