International Friendly: Wales vs Spain - Three Things to Look Forward to

After recording convincing victories in his first two matches in charge, Spain boss, Luis Enrique, would hope for another comfortable afternoon when his side go up against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday. 


Ahead of hosting England in the UEFA Nations League, Enrique would probably look to shuffle his pack against Ryan Giggs' Wales and give some of the benchwarmers a chance to impress. 


Here are three things to look forward to from tonight's enticing international friendly. 

3. A Tough Task for Wales

With their talisman, Gareth Bale, out, Wales find themselves in a difficult situation ahead of tonight's clash at the Principality Stadium. They still have enough quality players to pull one over the visitors, but without Bale, it's never really the same. So, instead of taking the game to Spain, Giggs' Wales are likely to sit back and hit on the break. 


Spain, on the other hand, are full of confidence at the moment. They have looked really sharp and menacing under Luis Enrique and will look to extend their fine run. Expect Spain to dominate possession, but with more intent and creativity, unlike their lacklustre World Cup campaign. 

2. Team News and Probable XI

Diego Costa, Isco, Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto and Inigo Martinez won't be available for Spain due to injury, while Jordi Alba, once again, has been left out of Enrique's squad. 


Probable XI (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Nacho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marc Bartra, Jonny Castro; Saul Niguez, Thiago Alcantara, Rodri Hernandez; Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata, Rodrigo


Considering the Nations League clash against Ireland, Ryan Giggs will keep Gareth Bale out of the starting XI. Joe Ledley and Tom Lockyer were also deemed unfit for the upcoming clashes. 


Probable XI (4-2-3-1):Wayne Hennessey; Chris Gunter, James Chester, Chris Mepham, Ben Davies; Joe Allen, Ethan Ampadu; Tom Lawrence, Aaron Ramsey, David Brooks; Sam Vokes

1. Prediction

A full-strength Spain side probably would have cruised to an easy win over Wales, but since Luis Enrique looks determined to make changes, there might be an outside chance for the hosts. They must be at their clinical best in front of goal and hope for an off night for Enrique's boys. 


However, if we assess the situation a little more realistically, there seems to be only one winner, and sadly, the answer won't please the home crown. We predict a 3-1 win for La Roja