Portugal vs Spain Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Portugal vs. Spain is interesting match to test our knowledge/luck, put bets and earn money. Fate has chosen neighbors to play together in group B. So far they played thirty-six times and Portugal won only six encounters. Twelve times games had no winner and eighteen times won Spain. Last game was played in Euro Championship 2012 semi finals which they lost after penalty shootout.
Portugal is fourth best national team according to FIFA’s list. They also have Cristiano Ronaldo who was named the best player in the world more than once. As such they are always serious candidates for winning World Cup. Their road to Russia was rather easy. After initial defeat against Switzerland, they recorded nine wins. In those nine matches, Portugal conceded only twice while they scored thirty-two times. Portugal’s best achievement in World Cups was third place back in 1966. Before the beginning of tournament Portugal decided to play more than few friendly matches. We have noticed something interesting. Whenever Portugal changed formation from standard 4-4-2 they had troubles no matter if they played with three attackers or only one. This team is ready but their first opponent is one of the main favorites for winning World Cup so they must be careful.
2010 World Cup champion is here again and they are ready to try to repeat that glorious achievement. In order to do that, they first have to be better than Portugal, Iran and Morocco. Spain took participation in fifteen of twenty-one World Cups so far. In Russia they came after finishing clear first in front of Italy. They finished qualifiers undefeated with nine wins and one draw. On that road they conceded only three times and final goal difference was plus thirty-three. Top goal scorers were Isco, Diego Costa Alvaro Morata and David Silva with five goals. True strength of Spanish squad lies in fact that ten more players scored at least once. Good sign ahead of the match versus Portugal is that they remained undefeated in all friendly matches. Next match can easily decide if one team returns home earlier so there is chance that neither team will push their luck.
Portugal and Spain have met each other on 35 occasions and Spain have lost just 6 times. Spain eliminated Portugal 1-0 in the round of 16 at the World Cup eight years ago and for sure Portugal are ready to take revenge in Russia. The last competitive match between two teams was on EURO 2012 and Spain eliminated Portugal after penalties. Enjoy in the clash of Portugal vs. Spain and be sure to take your time and check our predictions and betting tips for this football match. Read more and make right betting decision with fantastic offer.
Fernando Santos has only one defeat in competitive matches on the eve of his 30th fixture in charge of Portugal. He led Portugal on EURO 2016 and they are actual European champs, but don't forget they reach round of 16 on that tournament without a single win in group phase.
The news of Julen Lopetegui's dismissal was a bombshell to the Spaniards. The players, led by Sergio Ramos, wanted Lopetegui to carry on as coach, but it is not possible and Julen Lopetegui is no longer the coach of Spain. Fernando Hierro will be their coach on the World Cup 2018. What a mistake to fire coach two days before big tournament, but this can give more strength to players to make something big in Russia.
Fernando Hierro: "I can tell the people they can trust us because we trust ourselves. We are going to try with all our strength."
Portugal vs Spain Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||61||60|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||62||63|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||8||8|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||6||5|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||4||1|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||2||2|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||4||5|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||4||3|
Portugal have all 23 players ready and fully fit for the opener on the World Cup 2018.
On the other side Spain also have almost all players fully fit. Daniel Carvajal is only one player who is not fully fit, but we expect to see him in starting eleven. All other players are available to play and all of them are eager to beat Portugal on Friday night.
Possible starting lineups
Portugal: Rui Patricio: Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Carvalho, Bernardo Silva, Mario; Ronaldo, Guedes
Spain: De Gea; Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alcantara, D Silva, Isco, Iniesta; Costa
Portugal vs Spain Prediction
A first true derby game on the World Cup this summer and match between Portugal and Spain on Friday night. Both sides are eager to reach Round of 16 from the top spot and this game is very important. They like to play aggressive football in attack, and we will enjoy in one dynamic and open game with lots of scoring chances. For sure we will see lots of corners too. Portugal won the EURO 2016 two years ago and for sure they can't be a team to underestimate on this tournament. Portugal have conceded just one goal in four meetings with their neighbours. On the other side Spain have a new coach and they will have some problems to play well-organised, especially in defending. So it will be a truly good chance for Ronaldo & co to beat La Roja.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Portugal vs Spain Prediction: Both teams to score. We expect from both sides to score, but also expect to see more then two goals, so we expect to see a winner. And believe it would be Portugal. Our second betting pick pick for the match is Portugal to win and risky bet on correct score 2-1. On this match we expect lots of scoring chances and corners. So you can try to win more money with bet on Over 12.5 corners. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.