Romania vs Spain: Kepa starts over De Gea

first_imgSpain travel to Romania for their latest Euro 2020 qualifier, which takes place at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest on Thursday.La Roja have a perfect record so far in qualification, having edged Norway before easily beating Malta, the Faroe Islands and Sweden.Romania, meanwhile, sit third in Group F, but face an uphill task to qualify, having picked up six of their seven points against whipping boys Malta and the Faroes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Romania vs Spain Date Thursday, September 5 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream TUDN USA / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown live on Sky Sports Football and can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Romania squad Goalkeepers Tatarusanu, Nita, Radu Defenders Chiriches, Grigore, Tosca, Benzar, Nedelcearu, Stefan, Rus Midfielders Maxim, Stanciu, Deac, Marin, Anton, Hagi, Cicaldau, Paun, Bordeianu Forwards Grozav, Keseru, Andone, Puscas Romania have been unable to select Nicusor Bancu and Cristian Ganea due to injury. The former had been named in the original squad but has since pulled out.Alexandru Chipciu, their most experienced midfielder, is banned after he was sent off against Malta.With a lack of goals in the squad, much will be expected of Claudiu Keseru and Reading’s George Puscas.Romania starting XI: Tatarusanu; Nedelcearu, Chiriches, Grigore, Tosca; Benzar, Deac, Marin, Stanciu; Keseru, Puscas Position Spain squad Goalkeepers De Gea, Kepa, Pau Lopez Defenders Carvajal, Llorente, Hermoso, Gaya, Ramos, Alba, Nunez Midfielders Busquets, Ceballos, Sarabia, Saul, Thiago, Suso, Rodri, Fabian, Parejo, Navas Forwards Alcacer, Oyarzabal, Rodrigo Spain boss Robert Moreno has had the luxury of being able to select all of his top stars for the double header against Romania and the Faroe Islands.Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Isco are among those who failed to make the squad, while Unai Nunez of Club Athletic and PSG midfielder Pablo Sarabia are hopeful of making their international bows in the days ahead.Sergio Ramos is a confirmed starter, despite a recent dip in form, but David de Gea faces a battle from Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No.1 spot.Spain starting XI: Kepa; Navas, Ramos, Llorente, Alba; Saul, Busquets, Fabian Ruiz; Ceballos, Rodrigo, AlcacerBetting & Match Odds Spain are 1/2 favourites to win this encounter with bet365 bet365 . Romania are priced up at 6/1 to cause an upset, while a draw is on offer at 18/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Thiago SpainSpain will seek to take another big step towards Euro 2020 on Thursday, when they go to Bucharest to face Romania.It is sure to be an emotional occasion for La Roja, with former boss Luis Enrique having announced last week that his daughter had lost a battle with illness – the reason he so abruptly stood down as national team coach earlier this year. Even before the first training session overseen by new coach Robert Moreno, who was previously Enrique’s assistant then caretaker boss, there was a poignant minute’s silence held by the national team staff.“It’s been a difficult week,” he admitted. “We’ll try to give some small joy at a very bad moment. It’s all we can do.”Moreno, meanwhile, admitted that he would be happy to go back to the previous arrangement, in which he was No.2. “I consider Luis a friend and this friendship comes before everything else,” he said. “If he wants to return one day, I will be delighted to step aside and work with him.”On the field, the 2008 and 2012 European champions have not missed a beat. Since losing successive Nations League matches to England and Croatia by a 3-2 scoreline in the autumn of 2018, they have picked up five successive victories.Their latest outing came in June, when they ran out 3-0 winners over Sweden, albeit all the goals came in the closing 30 minutes, with Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata both on target from the penalty spot.If Spain are well on course to qualify, Romania are at a low ebb. Although they currently lie third, this is a flattering position considering they have played both Malta and the Faroe Islands, who will surely prove the group’s whipping boys.Otherwise, they lost away in Sweden and were held to a 2-2 draw by Norway – hardly shocking results but not the type of form that will see them reclaim a spot at the finals after going to Euro 2016.It will take a big turnaround for the hosts, whose last qualifying match is in Madrid in November, to claim a positive result.last_img read more

Napoli duo warned over possible China move

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has warned Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon over leaving the club and taking up reported offers in the Chinese Super League.The duo have been linked with potentially lucrative moves to Asia with both Mertens and Callejon coming off contract in Serie A at the end of the season.With both players now 32, De Laurentiis stressed he won’t be offering them more than what they’re worth and believes moving to China for the money would be a mistake.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “I’m absolutely not prepared to make a major effort for them,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia . “Each player has a value, depending on where they play, how they play, how old they are and what they do.”If they want to sell themselves out in China, overpaid to live a life of sh*t for two or three years, it’s their problem. I can’t consider China to be competitive. China’s far away. If they consider it to be close, it’s their problem.”In life, you have to choose whether to be happy and find a job you enjoy doing or work just for money. For me, money is a means and not an end; if it’s an end for them then they should go to China.”De Laurentiis also said Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne must “change his attitude” as he threw his support behind head coach Carlo Ancelotti.Amid reports of a tense relationship between Insigne and Ancelotti, De Laurentiis stressed the club captain must become more peaceful. “I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time,” he said. “Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things. He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.”Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither [agent Mino] Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that.”He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the coach not to play him. Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age.”Napoli are currently fourth in Serie A and face Verona at home on Saturday.last_img read more