Spain will lock horns with Costa Rica at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday as they look to secure a victory in their 2022 FIFA World Cup opening match. The Spaniards managed to earn a 3-1 win over Jordan recently which will keep them in high spirits ahead of this game.
Luis Enrique could opt for a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to name a strong team for this game. Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line for the Spanish national team on the attacking end of the pitch while Marco Asensio drops to the bench.
4-3-3 Spain Predicted Lineup To Face Costa Rica
Unai Simon will operate in between the sticks for Spain as he hopes to keep a clean sheet versus Costa Rica in midweek. Eric Garcia will resume his defensive partnership with Aymeric Laporte at the heart of Spain’s backline as they try to keep things tidy on the defensive third of the field.
Dani Carvajal could get a chance to shine as the right-back while Jordi Alba hopes to use his experience well on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them need to pick and choose their moments to join in on the attack.
Pau Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta will offer cover for the defensive positions on the bench.
Pedri, Sergio Busquets and Gavi will make up Enrique’s midfield as they focus on dominating possession at the centre of the park and engineer enough clear-cut chances to win this World Cup game.
Both Pedri and Gavi will be responsible for pulling the strings for Spain from midfield.
Koke and Carlos Soler will have to settle for a spot on the bench as they wait for their chance to shine in the second half if Enrique decides to call upon their services.
Pablo Sarabia will function as the left-sided wide player while Ferran Torres looks to give a good account of himself from the right flank. Enrique will ask both of them to get in behind the Costa Rica backline at every chance they get.
As mentioned earlier, Alvaro Morata will lead the charge for the Spanish national side in the final third. He will be eager to put in a good display and make a difference for his nation up top.
Marco Asensio and Ansu Fati will drop to the bench but might come on to influence the game in the latter stages if Spain are in need of a goal by then.