AUS vs SPA Dream 11 Team: Table toppers Australia look to extend their lead at the pinnacle when they take on languishing Spain
Two sides vying it out in the FIH Pro League, both placed at completely opposite ends of the table. It’s been a season of massive opposing fortunes for today’s opponents in the lone match from the land of the tournament with Australia finding themselves sitting comfortably at the top of the league standing while for Spain things have come to an early halt.
Spain have no one but themselves to blame for their debacle this season. The previous five matches have seen them emerge with just one win, that too a frenetic penalty shoot-out against Great Britain which they managed to scrape by 2-1. Losing to Germany yesterday was the final nail in their chances of getting anywhere near the top 4 spots with Germany further consolidating their bid for a semi-final spot and Belgium comprehensively moving up to third place.
Elsewhere for Australia, this edition of the marquee tournament has been all about reinstating themselves in the echelon of the tournament. They have four wins in the previous five encounters, a streak which was stemmed by Great Britain who outshone them 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out the two sides found themselves embroidered in.
While Spain have been reasonably sensible in the attacking department, it’s their leaking defence which has ended up costing them matches. They’ve let go in 38 goals up till now, a figure which doesn’t bode well for a side looking to establish itself among the top sides in the world.
While Australia will fruitfully exploit this predicament of Spain, Spain themselves will know they have a sniff of just about coming out of this with a result. The slightest of errors in the Australians defence were exposed by Great Britain the last time around, showing that Australia quite aren’t the unbreachable unit everyone is building them to be.
At the end of the night though, this is bound to be a match which Australia win with ease by the virtue of their better attacking skill set. They’ll venture into the match with confidence, one which will be rightfully justified at the end of the 60 minutes.
Goal-Keeper for AUS vs SPA Dream 11
It will be the Spain goal-keeper who finds his way in between the sticks for us. Quico Coartes is well adept with coming up with the saves and getting down quickly enough to keep the ball away from landing in the back of his net and he’ll get plenty of chances against Australia to get you a nice quantity of points.
Defenders for AUS vs SPA Dream 11
Although we don’t see Spain keeping a cleansheet, the fact that both Enrique and Romeu have been involved in their penalty corner conversions and set ups sees them both come into our Dream 11 side. If Spain are to launch any kind of challenge, they need their penalty corner to be judiciously converted and these two players could just be the answer to their opening the scoring against Australia.
The two players come in from Australia as well for us in the form of Hayward and Dawson. While Australia themselves have not been the stringiest of defences, these two have been comparatively well aware of how to maintain the shape in the backline and ensure that nothing is able to traverse them easily.
Midfielders for AUS vs SPA Dream 11
We’ll begin first with Span once again and it’s going to be Zalewski who we have decided to be our solitary midfield pick.
From Australia come in two players who have shown pristine work ethic every time they have been accorded the esteemed opportunity of stepping out to the field. Beale and Whetton are our two choices in the middle of the park, a unit which has in it the ardent and affinity to put in flawless and dependable performances to deliver outright match winning performances.
Forwards for AUS vs SPA Dream 11
We’ll carry on with the Australian picks here and Grovers and Mitton are the two players who have been single handidly responsible for the 30 times their side have found the back of the goal. Expect them to particularly love playing against a lacklustre Spain defence and bring into your side as many points as you like.
Gonzalez from Spain will be completing our unit.
Captain And Vice-Captain
With 7-4 in Australia’s favour in our Dream 11 side, the narrative is one heavily stacked in their favour to put aside Spain with ease. And staying true to that, the captain choice is Grovers in attack while Hayward in defence is the vice-captain.
FIH Pro League
Match: Spain Vs Australia
Date And Time: 13th June, Thursday- 11:30pm IST
Venue: Club de Campos Villa, Madrid