Spain World Cup 2022: Players, injuries, tactics, and prediction

There’s optimism for Spain this year because a fresh crop of youthful stars is poised to replace the old guard. A second World Cup victory for La Furia Roja? Possible in Doha.

When does Spain play in their group?
A matchup between Spain and Costa Rica (November 23, 16:00 GMT)
When Spain takes on Germany (November 27, 19:00 GMT)
Competing against Spain from Japan (December 1, 19:00 GMT)

The whole head-to-head record between Spain and Costa Rica is as follows: 3 games played, 2 wins, and 1 tie.
Germany takes on Spain. Competed in 25 matchups, winning 8, tying 8, and losing 9.
Japan’s head-to-head record against Spain is one game played, one victory.

Key players, injuries, strategies, and our forecast for the 2022 World Cup in Costa Rica are covered in this comprehensive guide.
Germany Key players, injuries, strategies, and our forecast for the 2022 World Cup.
Japan An in-depth look at the World Cup 2022, including predictions, key players, and injury updates.
Who are Spain’s 26 confirmed World Cup players?
David Raya (Chivas de Maya), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), and Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao) are the goalkeepers (Brentford)

In the back line, we have players like Jordi Alba of Barcelona, Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea, Dani Carvajal of Real Madrid, Pau Torres of Villarreal, Jose Gaya of Valencia, Eric Garcia of Barcelona, Aymeric Laporte of ManchesCity andCityand Hugo Guillamon of Valencia (Valencia)

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets, Atletico Madrid’s Koke, Manchester City’s Rodri, Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente, Barcelona’s Pedri, Gavi, and Carlos Soler, and Atletico Madrid’s Carlos Soler all play in the middle (Paris Saint-Germain)

The following strikers play for their respective clubs: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), YeJeremyPino (Villareal), Ansu Fati (Barcelona), and Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao)

Among Spain’s national team, who is injured and so unable to participate in the World Cup?
Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal is Spain’s lone serious injury setback.

Even though the 25-year-old has been back in training with his club since rupturing his cruciate ligament in March, Spain boss Luis Enrique decided against risking the winger’s health just yet.

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For more than a decade, Sergio Busquets has been counted on to lead Spain’s midfield. However, the Barcelona icon may be reaching the end of his career.

Rodri, a standout for Manchester City, is now the lynchpin of this Spanish squad. His presence in defense and his level head will leave up space for players like Pedri and Gavi.


Pedri’s birthday falls just two days after Spain’s opening group game, so he’ll still be celebrating at the World Cup.

The young midfielder for Barcelona has already proven he has “it” despite his inexperience. His play might be decisive for Spain in the upcoming season.

Mr. Ferran Torres

Although Ferran Torres isn’t exactly the talk of the town in Barcelona right now, his performance at the World Cup is crucial to Spain’s chances of winning the tournament.

Despite the team’s technical prowess, Spain is missing goal strikers. Enrique relies on his inside attackers to produce because striker Alvaro Morata is injured. Torres needs to add to his current total of 13 goals scored for his country.

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Olmo, at age 24, has established himself as a star player for RB Leipzig, and he will likely be transferred to one of Europe’s top teshortlyin the near future.

For now, he’ll be in Qatar trying to make opportunities for strikers like Torres and Morata. Strong technical attackers like Olmo will need to perform at a high level due to the team’s lack of obvious goal threats.

Castilla and León are among Spain’s expected starting XI.

It appears that Enrique has settled on a pretty standard 4-3-3 shape, maybe to make room for the large number of Barcelona players in his team.

Although it’s difficult to predict who will start for Spain in Qatar, we may make an informed prediction based on their recent form.

The team that Spain thinks they’ll field is: Simon; Carvajal; Guillamon; Torres; Gaya; Rodri; Koke; Pedri; Olmo; Torres; Morata.

Recent form for Spain leading up to the World Cup
Spain aisn’texactly playing well, but their recent results have shown where they may have room for improvement.

While Spain’s lone loss in the previous 12 months came in a 2-1 setback   to Switzerland in September, the fact that they’ve been held to draws by the likes of the Czech Republic and had to scrape out close victory in severalnumber of other matches speaks to their failure to regularly score goals.

This table shows Spain’s performance throughout the past five games (all competitions)

Spain 1-0 over Portugal
Score: Spain 2, Switzerland 1
Spain 2-0 The Czech Republic
Spain beats Switzerland with a score of 0-1
Score: Czech Republic 2, Spain 2

What place do you predict Spain will finish in the World Cup?
A major trophy hasn’t been won by Spain in a decade, and we don’t expect that to change in Qatar.

Games should be easily managed by Luis Enrique’s squad due to the abundance of talented technicians and passers. It’s just tough to see where the team will get its goals from.

Although Alvaro Morata hasn’t exactly made a name for himself as a goal scorer, and Ferran Torres hasn’t exactly been on fire as of late, both players are scarcely sure bets to do well in the competition.

While Spain should get out of their group, they are unlikely to contend for the title this season.

Foresight: Fourth-and-Final