Portugal vs Spain – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips

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

Next Portugal match:  Portugal vs Morocco

Next Spain match: Iran vs Spain

 

15th June 2018 – 19.00 GMT
Group B
Fisht Stadium, Sochi,
TV: RTE

European champions Portugal face World Cup 2010 winners Spain in the Fisht Stadium, Sochi, in arguably the pick of the opening round of group matches at the 2018 World Cup.

Group B also contains Iran and Morocco but both teams in this match are heavy favourites to advance through to the last 16.

  Portugal Draw Spain
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These two sides have met an incredible 36 times, with Spain holding the historic upper hand with 17 wins to six. However, Spain have only won two of the last 13 clashes, with the last in the 2012 European Championships.

Fernando Santos’s Portugal are still on a high from their 2016 European Championships crown – their first ever major international trophy.

Led by the mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo, for whom this may be his last World Cup, they will be confident of bettering their last World Cup showing in 2014, when they were eliminated in the group stages.

2010 champions Spain appear to have emerged through their international lean spell and will be hoping of adding to their victory eight years ago, which was flanked by two European Championship titles.

Predictions

Both sides will be confident of progressing through this group but Spain will enter this game as favourites, due to their recent form – they are unbeaten in all 18 matches under Julen Lopetegui (which has been replace by Fernando Hierro).

Both sides topped their European qualification groups, with Portugal winning all nine of their most recent qualifying matches and Spain pipping Italy to qualification.

Spain are favourites to win this one, with William Hill offering odds of 91/100 for them to secure victory.

This game is likely to have goals with both teams having their share of attacking talent and wanting to make an early statement in the tournament.

William Hill are offering odds of 5/4 for this game featuring more than 2.5 goals – a big possibility due to their strength in depth of talent on show.

Statistics

  • Spain are unbeaten in all 18 matches under Coach Julen Lopetegui (which has been replace by Fernando Hierro), a run dating back to their exit from the European Championships in 2016
  • La Roja are among the tournament favourites and are looking to win their second tournament after triumphing in 2010
    • Spain to win the World Cup at 6/1 with bet365
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is aiming to be the highest ever European international goal scorer, he is currently three goals short of former Hungary forward Ferenc Puskas
    • Ronaldo to finish as the World Cup tournament’s highest scorer at 14/1 with bet365
  • Portugal used all 20 outfield players as they lifted the European Championships title in 2016

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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