Spain - Bosnia Preview: A depleted Spanish team take on the dangerous Bosnians in Switzerland

Spain are beginning preparations before an attempt to win their third European Championship in a row.

Spain - Bosnia Preview: A depleted Spanish team take on the dangerous Bosnians in Switzerland
The Spanish squad will have more of a Barcelona feel than Madrid on Sunday (photo: Getty Images)

Spain Head Coach Vincent del Bosque will field an experimental team against Bosnia in Switzerland on Sunday evening with a number of his key players unavailable due to club commitments.

Madrid players miss out

With the Champions League Final being contested between the two Madrid clubs on Saturday evening, Spain begin their build up to Euro 2016 without the likes of Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal, Isco, Juanfran and Koke along with the uncapped duo of Saul Niguez and Lucas Vazquez

Premier League stars including Diego Costa, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata missed out on the provisional squad altogether, whilst the legendary Xavi is no longer a fixture in the international set up. With a wealth of big names missing from Sunday's clash you could be forgiven for believing Spain would be fielding a weakened team, but with the likes of Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and David Silva likely to feature, it shows just how much strength in depth the reigning European champions have at their disposal.

David Silva and Edin Dzeko could renew acquaintances on opposite sides (photo: Getty Images)
David Silva and Edin Dzeko could renew acquaintances on opposite sides (photo: Getty Images)

Bosnia will provide a stern test

Even though Bosnia failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after a playoff defeat to the Republic of Ireland, they will still provide strong opposition for Spain. Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and the experienced Emir Spahic provide safety at the back, whilst Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic and former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko are dangerous going forward. 

Spain have never lost in six matches against Bosnia, though the Eastern European nation have often provided a stern test, drawing two of those matches 1-1. Both teams come into the game in good form, despite Bosnia's disappointing qualification exit to Ireland. Spain are unbeaten in their last nine, winning seven and keeping just as many clean sheets, although they only drew against Romania last time out. Bosnia have lost just once in their last seven, their solitary defeat coming in that crucial playoff encounter. 

With Spain missing several key players and Bosnia mixing youth and experience in preparation for their World Cup qualifying campaign, fans at the AFG Arena could be treated to a tight and entertaining contest.