Spain will be looking to kickstart their World Cup campaign with a bang when they take on Costa Rica in their Group E opener on Wednesday afternoon.
Spain have not been at their best since clinching the title back in 2010. However, Costa Rica reached the quarter-final stage of the 2014 competition – it was their best performance in the tournament.
Spain vs Costa Rica Teams News
Spain Football Team News
For Spain, Jose Gaya has been ruled out of the tournament with an injury. Alejandro Balde has been named as his replacement. Barrig this, Spain do not have any more fitness concerns in their squad.
Costa Rica Football Team News
For Costa Rica, there are no major injury concerns. Keylor Navas will be the goal keeper while Oscar Duarte and Franciso Calvo take charge of defence. Bryan Oviedo and Carlos Martinez will be in the side as side-backs.
Spain vs Costa Rica Head to Head Record
Spain Wins: 2
Costa Rica Wins: 0
Spain Goals: 9
Costa Rica Goals: 3
Spain vs Costa Rica MATCH HISTORY
November 11, 2017: Spain 5-0 Costa Rica (friendly)
June 11, 2015: Spain 2-1 Costa Rica (friendly)
November 15, 2011: Costa Rica 2-2 Spain (friendly)
Qatar FIFA World Cup Spain vs Costa Rica Predicted Starting XI
Spain Predicted Starting XI
Simon; Carvajal, Laporte, P Torres, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi, F Torres, Morata, Fati
Costa Rica Predicted Starting XI
Navas; C Martinez, Calvo, Duarte, Oviedo; Tejeda, Bennette, G Torres; Borges, Contreras, Campbell
FIFA World Cup Spain vs Costa Rica Fantasy Team
Captain: Ferran Torres
Vice Captain: Carlos Borges
Defenders: Duarte, Pau Torres, Calvo, Alba
Midfielders: Pedri, Gavi, Bennette
Forwards: Carlos Borges, Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati
Spain vs Costa Rica Details of Match
Kick-off Date: Wednesday, November 23
Kick-off Time: 9:30 PM IST
Venue: Al Thumama Stadium
Spain vs Costa Rica Match Live Streaming in India
Live Telecast: Sports18 SD/HD
Live Streaming: JioCinema (App & Website)
Spain vs Costa Rica FIFA World Cup Match Prediction
Spain have managed their transition admirably under Luis Enrique and now find themselves with a side full of match winners. They should win this game 1-0.