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Portugal v Spain Betting Offers and Tips, World Cup Group B – Heavyweight Encounter Heats up Tournament
It’s fair to say that the opening matches of the World Cup aren’t that great. However, things take a turn in match four, when two huge nations come together. The Group B meeting between Portugal and Spain has to be earmarked as one of the biggest matches in the group stage. Ahead of Friday’s biggest game at the World Cup, we have the latest tips and betting offers.
Portugal v Spain Betting Tips
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There’s going to be plenty of excitement for this clash, with two major European nations going head to head. There’s also the fact that the Portuguese are European champions, meaning that the pair have won four major tournaments between them in the last 10 years. There’d certainly a case to be made for them winning a fifth, especially Spain.
The Group B favourites look reinvigorated under Julen Lopetegui, and his step up from the under 21 side has brought new stars in to the fold. The Spanish way looked tired at the last two tournaments, which saw early exits for Vicente Del Bosque and his men. However, the class of 2018 have more talent than any other side in Russia, and they can surely spark a run to the final yet again.
There are an elite band of four sides at the top of the pecking order, and Portugal will struggle to take those teams on. The Selecao have a tough test in Sochi, especially after Spain ran riot against Argentina earlier this year, winning 6-1. However, they’ve yet to click since regrouping ahead of the World Cup, and that could be a problem that Portugal can exploit.
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Spain have left out a few Premier League stars, simply due to the nature of their squad. Portugal are basically at full strength, although the decision to leave out Ruben Neves is a puzzling one. These two aren’t going to have any selection issues this weekend, just selection dilemmas.
The expectation is that Portugal will set up defensively, so Spain may have to add more firepower in attack as a result. Portugal are still going to start with a 4-4-2, which leaves Cristiano Ronaldo with a partner in attack. That might be helpful, as their captain hasn’t exactly been an asset at the World Cup. In three tournaments he has made 13 appearances and hit just three goals. However, he could become the fourth man to score at four different World Cup finals, a feat he’s already managed at the Euros.
Portugal v Spain – Will Portugal Spoil the Excitement?
Spain come in to this one as favourites, and Portugal’s approach will reflect that. While we’re all waiting for this big clash to really kick the tournament up a gear, the Portuguese aren’t likely to deliver on that. They went through the knockout matches of Euro 2016 with three clean sheets in four. Three shut outs in five matches at the Confederations Cup followed, as Fernando Santos continued to drill his defence.
The Portuguese warmed up for this clash with a friendly against Belgium, and they drew that 0-0. That’s probably the result they’re looking for in Sochi, which would give them a solid footing going in to two easier fixtures. They are likely to keep things tight, and with that in mind under 2.5 goals at 4/7 with Coral looks good.
However, we’re impressed with this Spanish side. They may have only scored once in each of their pre-tournament friendlies, but we think they’ll have enough to edge out the European champions, so a Spain win is our second pick at 19/20 with Betfair.
Portugal v Spain Head to Head Record
These two sides have had a varied tournament history. They last met six years ago at the European Championships; a game so dull that our highlights only include the penalties. Their last World Cup meeting was a close affair in South Africa, when Cristiano Ronaldo and co. were narrowly beaten by the eventual champions.
- Portugal 0-0 Spain – June 2012, Euro 2012
- Portugal 4-0 Spain – November 2011, Friendly
- Spain 1-0 Portugal – June 2010, World Cup 2010
- Spain 0-1 Portugal – June 2004, Euro 2004
- Portugal 0-3 Spain – September 2003, Friendly