Spain vs France Predictions & Match Preview

Spain vs France predictions

Spain vs France predictions and match preview for Sunday’s UEFA Nations League Final. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as La Roja aim to win their first trophy in nine years.

DateSunday 10th October 2021
Kick-Off20:45 (local time)
StadiumSan Siro
CompetitionUEFA Nations League Final

Spain vs France Preview


San Siro, Milan

Spain are into their first international Final since the 2013 Confederations Cup and they’ll have their eyes set on the UEFA Nations League prize after a really impressive display to knock out hosts and current European champions Italy in the week. It won’t be easy against a star-studded French side but La Roja will approach the game with belief.

Having ended Italy’s 37 game unbeaten run in Milan on Wednesday night, they’ve no reason to fear France. As was the case at Euro 2020 in the summer, Spain caused the Italians real problems throughout and made an all conquering side look quite ordinary at times. Ferran Torres starred with a brace while Mikel Oyarzabal also continued his impressive start to the season with Real Sociedad.

There was also a debut for 17 year old Gavi who became Spain’s youngest international. Despite only a handful of appearances at senior club level, he looked at home on the big stage throughout with a performance that Luis Enrique described as “not normal”. While Spain still face a real battle just to make the 2022 World Cup, there is suddenly optimism that a new generation is not only starting to emerge but already ready to compete with the best teams in the world.

France will provide a different kind of test to Italy. They may not always operate in such a cohesive way but in terms of individual star quality, they have more than the European champions. Defensively there are some flaws that can be exploited but they will also come into this game full of confidence after a brilliant Second Half comeback win against Belgium on Thursday night.

Trailing 2-0 at the interval in Turin, France turned the game on its head thanks to strikes from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe before Theo Hernandez brilliantly fired the world champions into the Final in the dying moments of the game. For Didier Deschamps and his team, it’s a chance to make amends for the disappointing Euros exit against Switzerland and it certainly promises to be a good Final.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Spain Wins, 1 France Win, 1 Draw.
  • Spain were 2-0 winners in the last meeting – a 2017 friendly.
  • The last competitive meetings came in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
  • The sides drew 1-1 in Madrid but Spain won the reverse clash 1-0.

Team News

Ferran Torres is a doubt for Spain after he limped off following his Semi-Final heroics.

France have no fresh problems but may consider switching to a back four having played with three centre-backs against Belgium.

Predicted Spain Starting Lineup:

Simon – Alonso, Torres, Laporte, Azpilicueta – Koke, Busquets, Gavi – Oyarzabal, Sarabia, Torres (4-3-3)

Predicted France Starting Lineup:

Lloris – L. Hernandez, Varane, Kounde – T. Hernandez, Rabiot, Pogba, Pavard – Griezmann – Benzema, Mbappe (3-4-1-2)


Spain vs France Predictions


Score Prediction: Spain 2-2 France (Match goes to Extra Time & Pens)

Both sides have shown plenty of attacking intent and have been involved in some of the best international matches we’ve seen this calendar year. The Semi-Finals were both open contents with lots of end-to-end football and there’s no reason why we won’t see a repeat here. On paper, France still have the superior team but Spain seem far more comfortable playing the top sides than they do the weaker ones, and look capable of pushing the French all the way.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid, writing mostly about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer. Contact: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk

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