Spain predicted lineup vs Greece - World Cup qualifying

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Spain have two vital games left in qualifying
Spain have two vital games left in qualifying / GABRIEL BOUYS/GettyImages
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Spain go into their World Cup qualifier against Greece on Thursday two points adrift of Group B leaders Sweden.

With La Furia Roja set to face off with the Swedes in their last match, three points is vital here to set up a tense final-day showdown.

Luis Enrique has a few injury problems to deal with ahead of the double header, though. Here is the starting XI he seems most likely to go with against Greece.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Pau Torres
Torres featured last time out / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Unai Simon (GK) - He has an error in him, sure, but Simon has performed solidly enough to fend off competition from David de Gea and Robert Sanchez for the number-one jersey.

Dani Carvajal (RB) -
He isn't the player he once was, injuries have seen to that, but Carvajal's experience will prove vital in these back-to-back important games.

Pau Torres (CB) -
Villarreal have dropped off this season but they remain a stubborn proposition defensively. Torres is a big reason for their stinginess.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) -
Laporte switching his allegiances from France to Spain was a real boost for La Furia Roja before the Euros and it also increases their World Cup chances markedly - providing they qualify, of course.

Jordi Alba (LB) -
One of the few remaining relics of Barcelona's glory years. He is probably happy for some time away from that omnishambles to be honest.

2. Midfielders

Gavi, Marco Verratti
Gavi is an incredible talent / Claudio Villa/GettyImages

Koke (CM) - Spain have an exciting generation of young midfielders coming through but they will have their work cut out displacing the ever-reliable Koke from the side.

Sergio Busquets (CM) -
The timeless pass master will earn his 132nd cap on Thursday, taking him past Andres Iniesta to fourth on his country's all-time appearance list.

Gavi (CM) -
Gavi became the youngest ever Spain international against Italy last month, playing with the maturity of someone with hundreds of top-flight appearances.

3. Forwards

Pablo Sarabia
Sarabia is in line for more playing time / CPS Images/GettyImages

Pablo Sarabia (RW) - Pushed out of the door at PSG following the arrival of Lionel Messi, Sarabia is out to prove a point on loan at Sporting CP this season.

Alvaro Morata (ST) -
Missing for his side's Nations League Finals exploits, Morata is back in the fold this time.

Dani Olmo (LW) -
Injuries have limited Olmo's involvement for club and country so far this season. Don't be surprised to see him start here though, as he auditions for a place in the side for the big one against Sweden a few days later.


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