Australia v Spain: Predicted lineups

Published June 23rd, 2014 - 02:41 GMT

None of us in the media believed we would be writing a final send off preview for Spain in only their third match of the tournament, but that is exactly what all of us are doing.

The Spanish reign at the top of the World Football Order is over as they are crashing out without so much as a whimper of belief that they were going to make a stand and fight back after an opening match loss like they did in 2010 before winning out.

Vincente Del Bosque is likely to make some heavy changes throughout the side and play with a more attack minded group than he had in the previous two matches.

Additionally the changes should see some of the fringe players get some game time and wouldn't it be something if they all played much better and thrashed Australia as a show of frustration for not being given the chance when it mattered.

Australia likely is out and after showing great pride and signs of life against both Chile and Holland they will be making their exit, but their style of play should allow them to leave with their heads held high as they did not roll over for any team, nor should they be expected to against Spain.

Spain will be without Gerard Pique as he is still doubtful after his knock the other day and David De Gea is out thanks to a training injury.

Mark Milligan and Ivan Franjic will both be out for Australia while Tim Cahill, whom has led from the front by example for the tournament is suspended for having been booked in both the Chile and Holland matches.

Australia Starting XI: Ryan: McGowan, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Davidson; Jedinak, Bozanic; Halloran, Troisi, Oar; Leckie.

Spain Starting XI: Reina: Juanfran, Albiol, Ramos, Alba; Busquets; Mata, Fabregas, Cazorla, Koke; Torres.

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