Spain vs Russia Preview & Offers
Spain seek to conquer hosts Russia in last 16 meeting
Time: 15:00PM BST
Location: Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow)
The 2018 World Cup last 16 continues into Sunday afternoon with a clash between former champions and dominant international force Spain and current tournament hosts Russia. Both sides enjoyed indifferent group stage campaigns, looking strong at times but also failing to fully impress on other occasions.
Atletico Madrid frontman Diego Costa was criticised by Spanish fans at previous tournaments but he has been one of the main performers this summer so far, bagging crucial goals along the way for the 2010 victors. Against Russia, he is likely to be the key attacker, leading the line against a testing Russian backline.
In what is an interesting last 16 match-up, Spain are the odds-on 6/10 favourites with Coral to prevail and book their place in the quarter-finals. Russia are outsiders at 5/1 with Paddy Power to cause a massive upset and progress in front of their home supporters.
Iran’s Pouraliganji: “Diego Costa cussed everyone in my life during the entire game. The things he said to me from the start till he went off were disgusting. He constantly insulted my entire family. He would turn around and look me in the eye and insult my sister and mother.” pic.twitter.com/7NCcokKhN9— FIFA World Cup (@WorIdCupUpdates) June 23, 2018
Head to head
The two nations have met each other 12 times before, ahead of this last 16 encounter, and it’s the Spanish who boast a much better fixture record with six victories and only two losses. Meanwhile, there have been four stalemates between the countries as well.
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