Portugal vs Spain Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips

World Cup Portugal vs Spain

This match is over: Final score is: 3-3

Next Portugal match:  Portugal vs Morocco

Next Spain match: Iran vs Spain

 

15th June 2018 – 14:00 ET
Group B
Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
TV: TSN

Portugal have enjoyed a fruitful couple of years after securing the Euro 2016 title against the odds and they will be aiming to replicate that success in Russia. Fernando Santos’ side will once again be spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo with the Real Madrid playmaker expected to be amongst the tournament’s top goalscorers. He is 12.00 with Sports Interaction to win the Golden Boot. He netted 15 times in nine qualifiers as the 33-year-old helped secure his side’s place at the World Cup 2018. There are a few injuries which have hindered Santos’ best-laid plans but he’s selected a strong squad. He’s omitted Renato Sanches from the side, with the midfielder enduring a torrid time at Swansea.

Spain were winners of the tournament in 2010 and are amongst the favourites once again. Spain manager has a hugely talented squad at his disposal. They sailed through qualifying and have looked extremely dangerous against Italy. They swept the Azurri aside and look complete assured. They have an experienced squad with many of that 2010-winning squad likely to feature in this opening game. Lionel Messi has admitted he “wouldn’t want to face Spain at the 2018 World Cup” and they have been widely tipped to finish top of Group B.

Many Portuguese fans are worried about the potency of their side and many members of their squad are not regular starters with Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva both struggling for game time at their respective clubs. They are built on solid foundations with veteran defender Pepe likely to feature at the tournament for the final time. They lost to Spain on penalties during their last meeting and will be seeking revenge. Their last victory over La Roja came at Euro 2004.

Spain’s squad is extremely strong and features the likes of David Silva and Isco. Spain manager opted against selecting the out-of-form Alvaro Morata but Diego Costa has been back amongst the goals for Atletico Madrid and the likes of Iago Aspas and Rodrigo have enjoyed wonderful campaigns in La Liga. Their swift movement and one-touch passing is likely to bamboozle Morocco and Iran and it’s hard to see them slipping up at this early stage of the competition.

 

Portugal vs Spain Predictions

Spain will be favoured by many bettors in this clash but regardless of the outcome, both teams are likely to progress to the round of 16 in Russia. La Roja are the likeliest winners of this encounter but extra value is available by backing the draw.

Intertops are offering 3.39 for this game to end all square and that comes highly recommended. Three of the last seven meetings between these two European heavyweights have ended in stalemate and this is likely to go the same way.

Sports Interaction make it 2.00 for the match to be level at the break and that looks like a great way of playing.

With so much attacking flair on show in this encounter, goals are expected. Both Teams to Score? Yes is priced at a generous 2.04 wth 5 Dimes and should be backed in this Group B clash.

It’s 1.49 for Over 0.5 First Half Goals in this game whilst Spain are 1.62 to bag the first of the match. David Silva netted the opener last time these sides met at the World Cup in 2010 and the mercurial midfielder is 7.00 with 888Sport to repeat the trick here.

If the points are going to be shared in this meeting, it’s unlikely to be a lifeless, drab affair and a 1-1 scoreline is seen as the likeliest outcome. Neither side will want to lose this opener and they may have to settle for a point each.

This scoreline is the shortest price and is available at 6.02 with Sports Interaction. There hasn’t been much between these two sides when they’ve previously met in competitive games and it’s tough to pick them apart once again.

 

Statistics

  • 2018 will be Portugal’s sixth consecutive World Cup
  • Their best performance was in 1966 when they finished third
  • They were eliminated in the group stage in 2014
  • Fernando Santos has only lost one of his 29 competitive matches in charge of Portugal
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has played 13 World Cup matches for Portugal
  • Spain have appeared at 14 World Cups
  • Spain have reached the quarter-finals on four occasions.
  • Spain are 1.50 with William Hill to reach the quarter-finals
  • They only won one of their three matches at the 2010 World Cup

 

Lineups

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.


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