A slow pitch and an unbalanced formation (no striker or speed on the wing) resulted in Spain’s poor performance against Italy. That should change tomorrow. Look for Torres to start instead of Xabi or Silva. My preference would be for Spain to keep Busquets for his height on set pieces and start Torres ahead of Xabi. Silva’s pace can work on the wing as a proxy for Navas’ speed.
Ireland were unlucky to give up two ricochet goals on a slick surface. That said, not much will change against Spain who will deny them possession and time on the ball. Their only hope will be from set pieces.
Pre-game prediction: Spain 2 Ireland 0
Cesc and Xavi to score for Spain. Maybe Dunne can sneak one for Ireland.