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Spain vs Scotland predictions: La Roja to gain their revenge
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Tom McGarry
Steve Clarke's Scotland can secure qualification for Euro 2024 on Thursday
Steve Clarke's Scotland can secure qualification for Euro 2024 on Thursday

- Spain have not lost to Scotland on home soil for 60 years 
- La Roja are unbeaten in their four matches since losing to Scotland in March 
- Recommended bet: Spain to win and over 3.5 goals

Scotland are on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2024 next summer and they can confirm their place at the finals if they beat Spain in Seville on Thursday.

A draw or even a defeat may still be enough to see Scotland qualify, as anything short of a victory for Norway in Cyprus on the same night will guarantee Steve Clarke's side a top-two finish in Group A.

Spain also look well placed to make it to Germany next summer, as they have won both their qualifiers on the back of losing 2-0 to Scotland in March, while they have also been crowned winners of the UEFA Nations League since that Hampden loss.

Team news

Spain head coach Luis de la Fuente has named two uncapped players in his squad and both Real Madrid defender Fran Garcia and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Oihan Sancet will hope to make their international debuts against Scotland.

Forward Dani Olmo picked up a knee injury during the last international break and remains sidelined, while Cesar Azpilicueta, Jose Gaya, Alex Baena and Abel Ruiz are also missing from the last squad.

Scotland will be without Spanish-based Kieran Tierney for Thursday's match, as the Real Sociedad defender is sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Newcastle midfielder Elliot Anderson has not been selected as he is yet to commit his international future to Scotland.

The stats

Luis de la Fuente led Spain to UEFA Nations League glory in June
Luis de la Fuente led Spain to UEFA Nations League glory in June

Scotland have won all five of their Euro 2024 qualifiers to date and they are unbeaten in nine competitive matches, registering eight wins and a draw.

Clarke's side have also won 11 group qualifiers in a row for either European Championships or World Cups, with their last such defeat coming away to Denmark in September 2021.

That run includes a 2-0 victory over Spain at Hampden in March, which was Scotland's first success over La Roja since November 1984.

However, the Scots have not secured an away victory over Spain since June 1963 when they triumphed 6-2 in Madrid.

Spain have won both their Euro 2024 qualifiers since losing to Scotland, running in 13 goals in the process to see off Georgia (7-1) and Cyprus (6-0).

The three-time European champions also lifted the UEFA Nations League in June, beating Italy in the semi-finals before seeing off Croatia via a penalty shootout in the final.


Scotland are yet to put a foot wrong in qualifying and it feels very much a case of when and not if they make it to their second-successive European Championships, although last month's 3-1 friendly defeat in England has highlighted they still have a way to go to compete with the very best teams in world football.

Yes, they did beat Spain on home soil in March, but they achieved that victory with just 25% possession and they are likely to face a Spanish side in the mood for revenge in Seville.

La Roja have proven that their Hampden humbling was nothing more than a minor setback after winning the Nations League and scoring a combined 13 goals across two qualifying victories against Georgia and Cyprus.

While they are unlikely to inflict quite such a drubbing on Scotland, they are still capable of scoring plenty of goals, while the visitors have netted in each of their last seven internationals and can also contribute in that regard.

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