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Spain's players react on the bench during their 2014 World Cup Group B football match against the NetherlandsReuters

Spain take on Chile in a crucial fixture of Group B in the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 8pm BST. Live coverage is on BBC. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Overview

Spain are coming into this match on the back of the worst defeat suffered by a defending champion in the history of the World Cup. Changes in the team are expected after they were found wanting against the Netherlands. They will need to maintain their unbeaten record against Chile to continue their defence of the famous trophy.

Vicente del Bosque faces the huge task of lifting the players ahead of the crunch game, which they cannot afford to lose. The coach will have to make a decision on various players ahead of the game, mainly Iker Casillas, who had a game to forget.

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis SanchezGetty Images

Meanwhile, Chile come into the game with confidence after beating Australia and with the knowledge that they can knock out the world champions with a win.

Jorge Sampaoli does have one concern though, the fitness of star midfielder Arturo Vidal. The midfielder has still not fully recovered from a knee injury. The Chile boss will hope that Sanchez can maintain his form and help Chile book a place in the last 16.

What Managers Say

Vicente Del Bosque (Spain): "We may make a change but not a lot [of changes], the 12 who didn't play are great players, playing in great leagues and some of them may have an opportunity. When I talk about rebelling, I also mean that we can't back off; we have to be brave and aggressive like Chile are [but] also have our own identity. I think that's important. There are some areas in which maybe we can do things that are less habitual in us but which can do them damage."

Jorge Sampaoli (Chile): "In short tournaments, you have to make decisions. Fortunately, we can count on the enthusiasm of the players and the fans. The support of the people helped to lift the team. But to take on our other rivals, we must make our matches more complete. The pressure that we put on in the first 30 minutes was good; we managed to subdue our opponents. There are things that we can do better; this isn't us at our best. The players gave their all for the shirt and were very professional."

Team Form

Spain

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W L
  • Last result: Spain 1 – 5 Netherlands

Chile

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W L W
  • Last result: Chile 3 – 1 Australia

Spain

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible Lineup: Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Martinez, Alba; Alonso, Busquets, Cazorla; Xavi, Iniesta; Fabregas.

Chile

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible lineup: Bravo; Isla, Medel, Jara, Mena; Diaz; Aranguiz, Valdivia, Vidal; Sanchez, Vargas.