first_imgSpain are currently top of their UEFA Nations League group after defeating England 2-1 at Wembley in Group A and will have the chance to remain top of the table if they manage to beat Croatia in Tuesday’s fixture.Luka Modric’s side are yet to open their UEFA Nations League campaign, most recently holding Portugal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly, and will be looking to push on from the momentum that sealed a second-placed finish at the World Cup this summer.National team captains and Real Madrid team-mates Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric will go head to head against each other at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche, with Spain having the chance to go six points clear at the top with a victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Spain vs Croatia Date Tuesday, September 11 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on ESPN 2 and Deportes Univision and streamed online via ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 2, Deportes Univision ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and streamed via Sky GO. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Sky GO Squads & Team News Position Spain players Goalkeepers De Gea, Kepa, Lopez Defenders Carvajal, Alonso, Nacho, Martinez, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Gaya, Llorente, Albiol Midfielders Busquets, Saul, Thiago, Suso, Rodri, Roberto, Asensio, Ceballos, Isco Forwards Morata, Rodrigo, Aspas There will be no Diego Costa in the Spain squad as he remained at home to be with his partner, who gave birth to a child yesterday.Luis Enrique shook up his Spain team and dropped Koke and Jordi Alba after their poor performances at the World Cup, while the veteran likes of David Silva, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta recently announced their retirements.Iago Aspas has been drafted in to lead the line ahead of Costa, with Rodrigo Moreno playing on the wing.Potential Spain XI: De Gea; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Alonso; Busquets, Saul, Alcantara; Isco, Rodrigo, Asensio. Position Croatia players Goalkeepers Kalinic, Livakovic, Letica Defenders Vida, Vrsaljko, Pivaric, Jedvaj, Mitrovic, Barisic, Milic Midfielders Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic, Badelj, Brozovic, Rog, Pasalic, Bradaric Forwards Perisic, Pjaca, Cop, Santini, Livaja Centre-back duo Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are both still recovering from injury, while forwards Ante Rebic and Andrej Kramaric are also sidelined. Vida may play, however, after sustaining his injury against Portugal. Potential Croatia XI: Kalinic; Vrsaljko, Mitrovic, Vida, Pivaric; Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic; Pjaca, Livaja, Perisic.Betting & Match Odds Spain are priced at odds of winning 8/11 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 14/5. A win for Croatia is up for 9/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Luka Modric Croatia 2018Their UEFA Nations League opener against Spain will be Croatia’s first competitive fixture since their loss to France in the World Cup final, with the likes of Modric, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic all included in the team.They will be without the experienced likes of Mario Mandzukic who recently announced his retirement from the team, though Croatia could still have enough firepower in team to outwit a Spain side currently in transition.La Roja also bid farewell to three of their arguably most seasoned players in Iniesta, Silva and Pique, with only captain Ramos the only notable player from the illustrious years where Spain dominated world football.Spain’s team are a fresh-faced bunch and will be buoyed by their win over England at Wembley in their Nations League opener, where they were able to come back from being 1-0 through goals from Saul and Rodrigo and effectively ended their 67-year curse at the stadium.Croatia were only able to hold Portugal to a draw in a friendly after Perisic opened the scoring, before Pepe equalised for the Ronaldo-less Portuguese.last_img read more

first_imgOpening batsman David Warner smashed a marauding 126 runs off 59 deliveries as Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a crucial 48-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.The Hyderabad captain unleashed mayhem as he milked 10 fours and eight sixes to power his team to 209/3 in 20 overs. Kolkata could only score 161/7, as Hyderabad remained behind them in the points table at the third spot with 13 points.Warner and Shikhar Dhawan forged a 139-run partnership for the opening wicket as the former produced an astonishing show of power hitting. He also became the highest run-scorer of the tournament so far with a tally of 459 runs.After winning the toss and opting to bowl, Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir applied a strategy of completing the six overs of Powerplay with six bowlers. But none of them could stop Warner, who completed his 50 in only 20 deliveries. At the end of six overs, Hyderabad rocketed off to 79/0, with Warner at 62 not out off 25 balls.One delightful stroke that signified Warner’s belligerence was a switch-hit to Sunil Narine as the ball went for six over the short third man.Later, Warner got a life as Chris Woakes dropped an easy catch at long-off off chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the fifth ball of the 10th over. The catch went over the boundary line for a six and the following ball gave Warner another six to take him to 98.The next over saw Warner complete a double with a flick towards mid-wicket off a Umesh Yadav delivery as he registered his century in just 43 deliveries.advertisementAll this while, Dhawan played a perfect foil to Warner, scoring a run-a-ball 29 before being run out, with the hosts at 139/1 in 12.4 overs.Warner followed him to the dug-out soon, as he mistimed a slow delivery from pacer Coulter-Nile to Gambhir at short cover, with Hyderabad at 171/2 in 16.2 overs.Kane Williamson (40 off 25) later ensured that Hyderabad crossed the 200-run mark with smart stroke play.Chasing the big target was always going to be an uphill task and Kolkata’s poor start made their challenge even stiffer. Opening batsmen Narine (1) and Gambhir (11) mistimed deliveries from Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul, as Kolkata were reduced to 12/2 in 2.3 overs.They reached 52/2 in seven overs when rain halted the match for around 45 minutes. After the rain-enforced break, Robbin Uthappa and Manish Pandey (39 off 29) provided resistance, putting up a third-wicket 82-run stand in 8.3 overs. They took the attack to the opposition with some lusty blows.But seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar cut short Pandey’s stay when the batsman gave a return catch to the bowler, with Kolkata at 90/3 in 11 overs.Uthappa, meanwhile completed his fifty. But he soon was removed by Siraj, with Warner taking a catch at long-off to halt Kolkata’s progress.Yusuf Pathan hardly impressed as he scored a run-a-ball 12 before being caught by Kaul off leg-spinner Rashid Khan, with the visitors at 130/5 in 16 overs.With 80 runs required from four overs, Colin de Grandhomme and Sheldon Jackson (16) tried their best but couldn’t trouble Hyderabad, who won by 48 runs.last_img read more