Portugal vs Spain – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
by Ken Edwards, 22 May 2018.
This match is over: Final score is: 3-3
Next Portugal match: Portugal vs Morocco
Next Spain match: Iran vs Spain
16 June 2018 – 4am AEST
Fisht Olympic Stadium – Sochi – Russia
One of the most anticipated 208 FIFA World Cup group matches features two of the top World Cup contenders, Iberian rivals, European and World Football powerhouses, Portugal and Spain meeting to open their respective Group B action in Sochi’s Olympic Stadium.
Portugal v Spain Record
Games Played: 36
Portugal Won: 6
Spain Won: 18
Cristiano Ronaldo is the superstar headline act and potential game breaker in a Portugal side that features a wealth of experienced players from the 2016 European champion team.
Coach Fernando Santos must introduce young legs into the team with Manchester City star Bernardo Silva expected to be one of the fresh faces to impact for Portugal.
As evidenced by Spain’s recent 6-1 drubbing of Argentina in the warm-ups, their new players are blending in well. Spain have a number of elder experienced mainstays with Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and David Silva all expected to feature. The new talent is exciting, headlined by stars David De Gea, Isco, Marco Asensio, and Saul, all looking to impact on this World Cup.
Preview & Predictions
Spain cruised through their World Cup qualifying matches, not losing a match (9 wins, 1 draw), only conceding 3 goals and have impressed in the lead up games. No wonder they are the $1.91 favourites for this match at to win with Betstar.
Of all the bets on offer for this tough match, perhaps the best value on offer might be found for both teams to score at $2.05.
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored 15 times in 9 qualifiers, second most in UEFA qualifiers.
- Player of the Tournament Odds – $17.00
- Spain conceded the joint fewest goals in European qualifiers (3).
- None of Spain’s last 14 matches in the World Cup ended in a draw (10W, 4L)
- Portugal are bidding to be the fourth team only to hold European Championship and World Cup titles consecutively.
- Portugal to win the World Cup – $26.00
Portugal: Rui Patrício, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Manuel Fernandes, Raphaël Guerreiro, José Fonte, Cristiano Ronaldo (captain), João Moutinho, André Silva, João Mário, Bernardo Silva, Anthony Lopes, Rúben Dias, William Carvalho, Ricardo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Gonçalo Guedes, Gelson Martins, Mário Rui, Ricardo Quaresma, Cédric, Beto, Adrien Silva.
Spain: David de Gea, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Piqué, Nacho, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Saúl, Koke, Rodrigo, Thiago, Lucas Vázquez, Álvaro Odriozola, Kepa Arrizabalaga, César Azpilicueta, Sergio Ramos (captain), Nacho Monreal, Iago Aspas, Jordi Alba, Diego Costa, Marco Asensio, David Silva, Isco, Pepe Reina.