World Cup 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Australia vs Spain Preview
As almost expected this game does not solve anything in Group B. However, the reason for such a situation has not been expected. Unlike Australia, which has given its best in this championship, Spain is the biggest disappointment, not so much because they will not play in the next round, but because of their poor performance on the field and two heavy defeats. Therefore, this game is the last chance to save the honor, much more for the Spanish team than for the Australian.
Australian fans can be proud of their team, regardless of defeat in the first game, where they might expect at least one point. Their approach to the game against absolutely favored Dutchmen has showed that this team has a strong team spirit and it is a pity that they have not won at least one point, because they have deserved it. Given the crisis in the Spanish team, Australia will try to go home with at least one point on their account, but without suspended Cahill it will be extremely difficult mission, almost impossible. Australia will attack Spain, because it seems to me that they do not know to play defensive, but the question is whether they will be able to score this time, because I am not sure that Leckie is dangerous enough without assisting Cahill.
Probable line-up of Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan – McGowan, Spiranovic, Wilkinson, Davidson – Holland, Jedinak – Troisi, Bresciano, Oar – Leckie
Fatigue of players because of an exhausting season cannot be an excuse for poor performances of the Spanish national team, since players of other national teams have been playing in the strongest European clubs as well. The answer to the question why the Spanish team looks drained and unmotivated Spanish football experts will have to give , but it is too early to talk about the shift of generations, because most of the players in the Spanish national team are in the best football years. Del Bosque will probably change the starting line-up for the last match at the World Cup, and precisely fresh forces could change the attitude of the team toward play and bring three points, for preserving the team’s honor as much as possible.
Probable line-up of Spain (4-2-3-1): Reina – Juanfran, Ramos, Javi Martinez, Jordi Alba – Busquets, Iniesta – Koke, Fabregas, Cazorla – Torres
Australia vs Spain Match Prediction
Changes in the starting line-up will have a positive impact on the team of Spain, because some players will want to take the opportunity to show Del Bosque that he should trust them more than he has been. Australia without Cahill is not so dangerous, and I believe that the Spaniards will win the three points on the farewell of the World Cup. Spain -1.