The Spanish team will start their preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Monday, September 9th. Starting at 15:45 (GMT), they will face Israel. The game, which is part of the schedule of the tenth and final round of the European qualifiers, takes place at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.
Israel’s recent performance
The Israelis fulfilled their obligation and added up the three points in the match against Lichtenstein on Friday, 6 October. Without any brilliance, he defeated the rivals in their dominions, by 1 to 0. In that way, they managed to reach 12 points (four wins and five losses). With this, it remained in the fourth position of group G.
Although it does not fight for the classification for the Russian World, that is reserved only to the champion of each key, Israel still has the possibility to finish the dispute in the third position, that before the ball rolls for the last day of the group phase of the eliminatory ones Albania, with 13 points (four wins, one draw and four defeats).
In order to win a place, the Israeli side need to beat Spain and hope that the Albanians at home will not defeat the Italian team, who are in second place in the group and will have to play the recapture to try to reach a place in the next edition of the World Cup.
A draw would also allow Israel to climb a post. However, in that case, she would have to hope for Albania to be defeated by Italy by a difference equal to or greater than three goals.
The current form of Spain
The Spaniards need not do more. On Friday, October 6, they confirmed their favoritism and, at home, defeated the Albanian side by 3-0. They kept the lead of Group G reaching 25 points (eight wins and a draw). Italy, the only team that could beat the Fury, stumbled home. They drew 1-1 with Macedonia, and with 20 points (six wins, two draws and one defeat), they are no longer in a position to beat Spain.
In practice, this means that for Spain this Monday’s match is no longer a qualifying match and has become its first match for the 2018 World Cup. This allows coach Julen Lopetegui to promote some experiences in the selection he has the second best attack of the qualifiers with 35 goals scored.
History of the matches Israel vs Spain
There were five matches between the teams. Spain won four of them, including a 4-1 win in the first round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In the other game, there was a draw.