Spain will be looking to bounce back from Thursday’s disappointing defeat to Sweden when they continue their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign at home to Georgia on Sunday evening.
La Roja are currently second in Group B with seven points to show from their four matches, while Georgia sit at the bottom of the section, having collected just one point from their four fixtures.
In action for the first time since losing on penalties to Italy in the semi-finals of Euro 2020, Spain suffered a 2-1 loss away to Sweden on Thursday evening, with the hosts coming from behind to secure all three points.
Carlos Soler had given La Roja the perfect start in just the fourth minute of the contest in Solna, but Alexander Isak levelled less than one minute later before Viktor Claesson struck a second just before the hour, and the result allowed Sweden to move to the top of Group B with nine points to show from their three matches.
Spain, meanwhile, now sit second in the section, having collected seven points from their four matches, and it would be a huge shock if they did not manage to claim either first or second in this particular section.
Luis Enrique’s side impressed at Euro 2020 and arguably performed above expectations, but there is no question that there are still issues to address ahead of next year’s World Cup, where Spain will be looking to win the famous competition for just the second time in their history.
La Roja will be the overwhelming favourites to beat Georgia for a fourth time on Sunday night, but the 2010 world champions did suffer a 1-0 loss to this weekend’s opponents in a friendly as recently as June 2016.
Georgia, meanwhile, are bidding to qualify for the finals of a World Cup for the first time in their history, but a poor start to Group B has already left them with a mountain to climb at this stage.
Indeed, the Crusaders opened their qualification campaign with back-to-back losses to Sweden and Spain before picking up a point away to Greece at the end of March. The visitors will enter this match off the back of another defeat, though, having suffered a 1-0 reverse to Kosovo on Thursday night.
Georgia’s performance against Spain in the reverse match should hand them confidence, but they are bottom of the section with just a point to show from their first four games, scoring just two goals in the process.
Willy Sagnol’s side came incredibly close to qualifying for Euro 2020, losing 1-0 to North Macedonia in their playoff in November 2020, and there have certainly been signs of progress in recent years.
Sweden and Spain are comfortably the favourites to claim the top two spots in Group B, though, and Georgia will surely need to win on Sunday to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
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We say: Spain 2-0 Georgia
Georgia are certainly capable of making this an uncomfortable match for Spain, who were disappointing against Sweden last time out. That said, we are finding it difficult to back against the hosts on this occasion and have therefore settled on a relatively routine two-goal success for Enrique’s side.