Spain and France will meet in their 33rd encounter, with La Roja currently edging the fixture with the most wins.
Vicente del Bosque’s side head into tonight’s must-win clash with Les Bleus with the stronger record of 14 wins, to France’s 11, whilst there have been seven draws between the teams in history.
However, as AS report, the eight competitive meetings have been dominated by the French, whose draw earned last November in Madrid was one of seven games that they have not lost to Spain when in competition.
France have recorded a total of five wins and two draws over Spain, in competitive circumstances whilst La Roja’s single competitive win came in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
Spain, who have only played Portugal more times than they have faced France, have achieved five wins in total on French soil, from 15 friendlies played. The last of these came three years ago in a 2-0 result settled by David Villa and Sergio Ramos prior to the 2010 World Cup.
Del Bosque’s side go into the contest tonight with a record of having not lost a World Cup qualifying match for 20 years. La Seleccion have avoided defeat for 49 games, since March 1993’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark, with 25 of those qualifiers played away from home.
Spain’s last competitive defeat in all competitions is still the opening game reverse to Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup, whilst the last time the side went three games without a competitive win was back in 2004.