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Spain vs Georgia, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Rhein Energie Stadion Stadium, Cologne

Can Georgia's Cinderella Run Continue Against Spanish Juggernaut?

  • Spain holds a dominant head-to-head record, winning 6 of their 7 meetings with Georgia.
  • Spain scored 18 Goals in their last six outings
  • Alvaro Morata (1 Goal) and Ferran Torres (1 Goal) are key to Spain success on the offensive end

Spain to Win (2-1)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Rhein Energie Stadion Stadium, Cologne

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Aiming for a record title run, 8th-ranked Spain faces a challenge from 74th-ranked Georgia, who hope to cause another upset and reach the quarterfinals.

Spain continues its dominance not just in Europe, but worldwide after the 2022 World Cup. They've won all but three of their games, including victories over Croatia (3-0), Norway (1-0), and Italy (1-0) in the past five matches. This run showcases their prowess as a footballing superpower. In fact, they've scored a staggering 24 goals in their last eight games (an average of 3 per game) and even netted an impressive 21 times during European Cup qualifiers. Heading into this game, Alvaro Morata (36 goals in 76 international games) remains the team leader. He aims to involve younger talents and build a solid foundation for the future.

Meanwhile, Georgia is riding high after their biggest win ever. They've unexpectedly secured a place in the knockout stages, having won four of their six matches.  Making their Euro debut, they secured a massive 2-0 win against Portugal, drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic, upset Greece on penalties, and drew 2-2 with Scotland.  In this crucial match, they will heavily rely on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, their leading scorer with 16 goals in 33 caps. His ability to break through early has been a key factor in their group stage success.

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Spain, one of Europe's hottest teams, has begun their quest for a record-breaking fourth Euro Cup victory in impressive fashion.

Following a disappointing 2022 World Cup, captain Alvaro Morata (4 goals in 6 qualifying matches, 15 for Atletico Madrid this year) took charge, scoring the vital opening goal against a strong Croatia team. Alongside him, a young duo has emerged: Lamine Yamal, the youngest player to register an assist in a major tournament (16 years old), boasts 5 goals and 5 assists in 37 games for Barcelona; and Nico Williams adds firepower with 5 goals and 11 assists for Bilbao. This combination makes the Spanish attack a force to be reckoned with.

The midfield duo of Rodri (8 goals, 9 assists for Man City) and Pedri (4 goals, 2 assists for Barcelona) continues to be a formidable force, pushing the ball forward and creating scoring opportunities that leave defenses scrambling. Fabian Ruiz further bolstered the midfield, contributing a crucial goal and assist in each of the group stage matches.

Completing the lineup is a rock-solid backline. Dani Carvajal, a defensive leader for Spain with 46 caps and a starter for Real Madrid, anchors the defense alongside Aymeric Laporte, Manchester City's constant presence with 31 international matches. Together, they aim to lead Spain on a deep run in the tournament. 

Spain Projected Lineup - Unai Simon(Goalkeeper), Marc Cucurella, Robin Le Normand, Aymeric Laporte, Dani Carvajal(Defenders), Rodri, Fabian Ruiz, Pedri(Midfielders), Nico Williams, Lamine Yamal, Alvaro Morata(Forwards)

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Fresh off their biggest ever victory, a 2-0 triumph against Portugal, Georgia is looking to strike fear into the hearts of their opponents as they chase a historic quarter-final appearance in their debut tournament.

Goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, a Valencia player with an impressive 13 clean sheets last season, has been a rock in net. He's conceded only one goal in the past two matches, easing pressure on the defense. Making life even harder for attackers, veteran defenders Otar Kakabadze (64 caps for Georgia and a vital player for Cracovia) and Guram Kashia (a stalwart with 116 international appearances and 3 goals) are unlikely to let anything slip through that could lead to goals.

Georgia boasts a midfield known for their blistering pace and skillful dribbling. Otar Kiteishvili (9 goals and 5 assists for SK Sturm Graz) and Giorgi Chakvetadze (a goal and 3 assists for Fulham, adding to his 8 goals in 27 games for Georgia) showcased their full potential in recent matches. 

Their ability to pass with precision creates numerous opportunities for strikers like Giorgi Mikautadze (3 goals and 1 assist so far in Euros, with 13 shots on target this season with FC Metz) to control the game. And if Khvicha Kvaratskhelia keeps finding the net, Georgia could well become a tournament dark horse.

Georgia Projected Lineup - Giorgi Mamardashvili(Goalkeeper), Luka Lochoshvili, Lasha Divali, Giorgi Gvelesiani, Guram Kashia, Otar Kakabadze(Defenders), Otar Kiteishvili, Girogi Chakvetadze, Giorgi Kochorashvili(Midfielders), Georges Mikautadze, Khvicha Kvaratshekhelia (Forwards) 

This match will be a battle of effort and determination, qualities both teams have displayed. However, Spain has faced and overcome bigger challenges in the past. Georgia has impressed throughout the tournament, and their exceptional goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili and a strong defense led by Otar Kakabadze have frustrated some of Europe's top attackers. 

However, they now face a different challenge in the pace of Nico Williams and Alvaro Morata, who have troubled them in previous encounters. Additionally, Georgia's midfield might struggle against the skill and speed of attacking midfielders like Rodri. While they are a talented young team with excellent ball movement and a strong striker in Giorgi Mikautadze, Spain's experience and tactical prowess will likely see them prevail in this test.

Spain to Win (2-1)

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Author: Vishnu Reddy