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Spain vs Italy 

Competition – World Cup Qualifying

Stadium – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu 

Date: 2nd September 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Live in-play betting – bet365

Top of the table Spain take on second placed Italy in this match that will determine who will go to the world cup as the number one team in the group.

The Spaniards have 16 points from 6 games – the same as their opponents in this match.

Both teams are 7 points ahead of third place Albania and the battle for a place in the World Cup is between them.

The Spaniards welcome back David Villa into the fold and although their highest goal scorer Diego Costa has not played competitively this season, they have an embarrassment of riches in their attack with the likes of Marco Asensio coming through – they have the quality to claim all three points at home in this game.

Italy has been neck and neck with Spain in this qualifying series and they are only behind La Rojas on goal difference.

Italy have 16 points from 6 games.

The Italians have a good recent record against Spain as they are unbeaten in their last three encounters with one win and two draws to show for their efforts.

The Spaniards shared the spoils in Italy last October and the Azzurris will be looking to take their own point(s) from this game as well.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Spain

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Macedonia 1-2 Spain Jun 11, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D Spain 2-2 Colombia Jun 7, 2017 International Friendly
W France 0-2 Spain Mar 28, 2017 International Friendly
W Spain 4-1 Israel Mar 24, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
D England 2-2 Spain Nov 15, 2016 International Friendly

Italy 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Italy 5-0 Liechtenstein Jun 11, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Italy 3-0 Uruguay Jun 7, 2017 International Friendly
W Italy 8-0 San Marino May 31, 2017 International Friendly
W Netherlands 1-2 Italy Mar 28, 2017 International Friendly
W Italy 2-0 Albania Mar 24, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA


H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Italy 1-1 Spain Oct 6, 2016 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
Italy 2-0 Spain Jun 27, 2016 European Championship
Italy 1-1 Spain Mar 24, 2016 International Friendly
Spain 1-0 Italy Mar 5, 2014 International Friendly
Spain 0-0 Italy Jun 27, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

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