Portugal vs Spain: Preview, predictions, head to head, etc

World Cup 2018 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 14/06/2018

Spain is set to face a daunting a task against Portugal in their World Cup opener in Group B on Friday at the Olympiyskiy Stadium, Sochi, here are some key facts you need to know ahead of the clash between the European heavyweights.

The Spanish federation sacked coach Julen Lopetegui and appoint Fernando Hierro with just two days into the World Cup as the La Roja is set to take on the European Champions Portugal.

TEAM NEWS:

PORTUGAL:

The Selecao has no fresh injury concerns going into this clash, so coach Fernando Santos has a fully fit squad at their disposal.

SPAIN:

Dani Carvajal is doubtful for this clash against Portugal after the Real Madrid defender limped off during the Champions League final against Liverpool last month in Kiev, Ukraine.

Alvaro Odrizola is expected to get the nod against the European Champions on Friday.

HEAD TO HEAD:

Spain had a better head to head record than the European Champions, the two sides have met on 36 occasions with the Portuguese national team claiming a win eight times and 12 draws and suffered 18 defeats from the Spanish team.

The teams last faced off in the semi-finals of Euro 2012 - Spain winning that one on penalties following a stalemate in normal time at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

RECENT FORM:

PORTUGAL:

Portugal has not been in a bad form going into this tournament, the European Champions have been able to record two victories, two draws and lost one in five games.

SPAIN:

The former World Champions has been in a remarkable form going into this tournament, Spain has not suffered a defeat in their last five games, the La Roja won two with an impressive 6-1 against Argentina in a friendly last month and the other three games ended in a draw.

PREDICTIONS:

Portugal 1-1 Spain

PROBABALE LINE-UPS:

PORTUGAL:

Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fernandes, Guerreiro; B.Silva, Carvalho, Joao Mario, Martins; Ronaldo, Silva

SPAIN:

De Gea; Odriozola, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Alcantara, Busquets, Iniesta; Isco, Costa, Silva

 

 

 

 

 
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