Spain are set for their final test ahead of the European Championship and it is fair to say that their opponents China don’t have much to hope for before the clash at Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla.
La Furia Roja are still seen as the main candidates for the Euro 2012 trophy, with William Hill paying 4.00 (3/1) on Vincent del Bosque’s side, but much will depend on their opening game against Italy.
It is for that reason that Spain desperately need to hit the ground running early on and following friendly victories over Serbia and South Korea, everybody expects a real spectacle against China.
Vincente del Bosque appears to have already decided on his starting 11 for the Euro 2012, but not all of them will start against China as some other back-up players need to get some playing time as well.
Athletic Bilbao stars Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente look set to start after they missed the first two friendly games, but the reality is they will have to settle for a place on the bench in Spain’s opening game against Italy.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Valdes – Juanfran, Martinez, Pique, Alba – Xabi Alonso, Busquets – Pedro, Xavi, Iniesta – Llorente.
China have already been eliminated from the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, after missing on the second place in the group to Jordan.
Boss Jose Camacho was given a voice of confidence to continue rebuilding the squad and his side now face an ultimate test as they face arguably the best national team in world football.
The experienced coach will have full squad to choose from after seven players joined the squad following their participation in the Asian Champions League.
Sun Xiang, Zhang Lin Peng, Feng Xiao Ting, Zhao Xuri, Zheng Zhi, Gao Lin and Qui Zhang all arrived late to the training camp, but they will be in contention for the game.
China are currently on a three-match winning run, which can give them some reason for optimism, but needless to say Spain are hot favourites to win this one.