Romania takes on Spain as Group F competition of the Euro 2020 continues on September 5, 2019, at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania.

The home team currently has seven points in four games played, putting themselves in third place in Group F. Spain meanwhile, is a perfect 4-0 and is on top of the table with the maximum 12 points. With only the top two advancing to the next round, Romania needs a win against an old rival who has displayed splendid form so far in the competition.

“Soccer" Romania

Romania is one of four teams from Europe to play in the first-ever FIFA World Cup in 1930. However, they’ve made the World Cup only six times since then, the last of which was in 1998. Romania has qualified for five Euro Championships their best finish was 7th in 2000. They were 19th in 2016.

They are currently third in Group F with a total of 7 points earned from four matches played. Romania lost to Sweden 1-2 in their opener but bounced back three days later to score a 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands. They finished in a 2-2 draw with Norway last June 7th and then blanked Malta 4-0 in their most recent outing.

Here are the players who played for Romania in their June 10 win over Malta:

  • Goalkeepers: Ciprian Tătărușanu (Nantes), Silviu Lung (Kayserispor), Ionuț Radu (Genoa)
  • Defenders: Romario Benzar (FCSB), Cristian Săpunaru (Kayserispor), Dragoș Grigore (Ludogorets), Ionuț Nedelcearu (FC Ufa), Iulian Cristea (FCSB), Alin Toșca (PAOK), Nicușor Bancu (U Craiova 1948 CS);
  • Midfielders: Alexandru Chipciu (Sparta Praga), Dorin Rotariu (Astana), Ciprian Deac (CFR Cluj), Dennis Man (FCSB), Tudor Băluță (FC Viitorul), Răzvan Marin (Standard Liege), Paul Anton (Krylia Sovetov), Alexandru Cicâldău (U Craiova 1948 CS), Dan Nistor (Dinamo), Alexandru Maxim (Mainz), Gheorghe Grozav (Kisvárda FC), Nicolae Stanciu (Al-Ahli), Ianis Hagi (FC Viitorul);
  • Forwards: Claudiu Keșeru (Ludogorets), George Țucudean (CFR Cluj), George Pușcaș (Palermo)
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“Soccer" Spain

Spain has appeared in 10 out of 15 European Championships and has won three times including back-to-back in 2008 and 2012. Spain finished 10th in 2016 and they were 10th at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The finished second in Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League Group A in their most recent appearance.

As far as the 2020 Euro qualifiers are concerned, Spain is on top of Group F with four wins in as many matches. They opened with a 2-1 win over Norway and followed that up with a 2-0 victory over Malta. Spain scored a 4-1 win over Faroe Island last June 7th and they blanked Sweden 3-0 three days later.

This is the line-up for Spain which played in their June 10, 2019 match against Sweden:

  • Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Real Betis).
  • Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Mario Hermoso (Espanyol), Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad), Inigo Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia), Jesus Navas (Sevilla).
  • Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodrigo Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Dani Parejo (Valencia), Isco (Real Madrid), Fabian Ruiz (Napoli), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal).
  • Forwards: Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid).

“Soccer" Who Wins?

Romania enters this game with three wins, one loss and a draw in their last five international fixtures. Meanwhile, Spain heads to this matchup having won all of their last five matches, giving up just two goals during that span and holding three of those five opponents scoreless.

These teams have played each other in a total of 16 times before. Romania has six wins, Spain has five and these teams figured in a draw in their other five meetings. It’s worth noting though that Spain has won just once in their last six meetings. During that period Romania has three wins and the team drew twice.

Spain is the soccer betting favorite here as the Spaniards have won their last five matches and are unbeaten in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Sergio Ramos has been brilliant for Spain as he has scored in three out of their four matches at the qualifiers. The Real Madrid captain now has a total of 20 goals scored for Spain and he has scored already seven since the 2018 FIFA World Cup and he will be the key to unlocking Spain’s success in this match.

Romania will be hosting this match and Claudiu Keseru has been the main threat for the home team. Keseru has scored in three matches and has a total of four goals in the first four games played. That said, I think Spain enter this match with better form and they are also the more talented team between the two. Prediction: Spain 

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