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Football Prediction – Australia vs Spain

After shocking the South American champions in their first game, Australia Under-23s picked up Group C at the Tokyo Olympics. Now, they will face Spain Under-23s on Sunday in Sapporo, and here is our Olympics football prediction – Australia vs Spain.

The Olyroos’ return to the Games for the first time since 2008 got off to a flying start. They won a historic win over Argentina (the football news), one of the favourites for gold.

But defying every favourable football prediction, Spain struggled to a goalless draw with Egypt.

Team news

Australia

  • Australia lacks top-level experience in their squad, but named senior international striker Mitchell Duke as one of their overage players. This has worked brilliantly for them, and so, the 30-year-old forward is poised to start up front once more.
  • Duke will likely pair with Manchester City’s Daniel Arzani and Riley McGree, who is currently on loan at Birmingham City.
  • Meanwhile, Marco Tilio hopes for a promotion to the starting XI after scoring shortly. He played as a substitute in the win over Argentina.

Australia Under-23s possible starting lineup: Glover; Atkinson, Deng, Souttar, King; Arzani, McGree, Metcalfe, Genreau, Wales; Duke

Spain

  • Mingueza immediately pulled up before being replaced at right-back by Real Madrid’s Jesus Vallejo. The latter is now the probable favorite to take Mingueza’s place in the back four.
  • Captain Dani Ceballos has sustained an ankle injury. He was hopping around with his boot off when first half ended in the match against Egypt. And if he does not recover in time, Carlos Soler or Jon Moncayola may replace him.

Spain Under-23s possible starting lineup: Simon; Vallejo, Torres, Garcia, Miranda; Merino, Pedri, Soler; Olmo, Asensio; Mir

Football Prediction – Australia vs Spain

  • Australia, who entered the match as definite underdogs, wrote one of the first underdog success stories of the 2020 Games. They deserved their win over ten-man Argentina on Thursday at the Sapporo Dome.
  • Lachlan Wales and Marco Tilio scored for the Olyroos. Their reward for their focused pressing and energetic approach last month was Melbourne City winning their first A-League grand final.
  • Argentina’s Francisco Ortega lost his cool and received two yellow cards in two minutes when the first half was over. Graham Arnold’s young team seized initiative then, having already taken an early lead.
  • Coming into their 67th game in less than a year, Spain must now overcome an impressive Australian team with conviction. After all, only the top two teams in each section will advance to the knockout phase.

Spain must fix their failure in the final third of a game where they should dominate possession and territory throughout.

They should get off to a good start in this tournament, as the more experienced and naturally gifted side.

But Australia’s Olyroos have already proven they can pack a punch and will make things difficult, at least, for Spain.

Our Prediction: Australia Under-23s – Spain Under-23s: 0-1

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