Reigning European Champions remain the team to beat and France will be the next side to try and end Spain’s amazing run of results after Belarus failed to do so in front of their own fans.
Les Bleus have won their first two qualifiers, but the friendly defeat to Japan did nothing to improve their spirits before the all-important clash at Vicente Calderon.
La Furia Roja may not have been too impressive on the road to the Euro 2012 title, but the 4-0 final win over Italy proved they remain Europe’s number one side.
Vicente Del Bosque’s men have so far overcome two difficult away fixtures in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, recording 1-0 and 4-0 wins over Georgia and Belarus respectively, and now it’s time to face France on home soil.
Given that La Furia Roja appear to be on top of their game at the moment, you should know home win pays 1.50 (1/2) at 888sport.
Having beaten both Georgia and Belarus without conceding, Spain are 2.20 (6/5) with bet365 to win to nil.
Sergio Ramos remains the only injury worry after picking up a muscle injury, but the Real Madrid defender is, nonetheless, expected to keep his place in the side.
Sergio Busquets will continue in the heart of defence, while Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres are likely to return.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Casillas – Arbeloa, Ramos, Busquets, Alba – Xavi, Xabi Alonso – Pedro, Cazorla, Iniesta – Torres.
Following the poor showing at the Euro 2012 and departure of boss Laurent Blanc, new coach Didier Deschamps didn’t have such an easy job to prepare the team for the start of 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The former Marseille boss, nonetheless, did well to mastermind victories over Finland and Belarus, with his side staking a claim for the first place in the group.
It is against Spain that les Bleus need to show they can mix it up with the best of them, and their own fans will surely be tempted by odds of 8.50 (15/2) offered at BetVictor on away win.
Friendly defeat to Japan left a bad taste in the mouth, especially as midfielder Clement Chantome picked up a hamstring injury in the process, but Deschamps is hoping his side can raise their game for the crunch tie against Spain.
The good news is that both Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Evra have resumed training and are available for selection.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Lloris – Debuchy, Sakho, Yanga-Mbiwa, Evra – Cabaye, Capoue, Matuidi – Benzema, Giroud, Ribery.