Portugal vs Spain
Friday 15/06/2018 | 19:00 GMT | Fisht Olympic Stadium
Without doubt this is the stand out fixture in this year’s world cup’s opening round of games. The current European Champions will take on the 2010 World Cup champions Spain in this battle of the Iberian Peninsula.
Both team have world class players and both team have a wealth of experience at this elite level having competed in the business ends of various tournaments in recent times. And while Spain arguably have the better team on paper, Portugal have the phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo who just picked up his 5th champions league trophy.
Both teams however differ vastly when it comes to strategy and style of play. Spain are still playing their own brand of the silky tiki-taka football that they have becomes famous for. Portugal on the other hand play a more pragmatic style that has earned them success on the European championship. Both teams have technically gifted players who are exceptional in possession and while Spain rely on their whole team to carve open defences, Portugal bank on individual players to get goals on the counter attack.
Both teams are heavy odds on favourite to go through but going through as group winners will surely carve up an easier path to the latter stages. Both teams had a dismal showing in the last World Cup in Brazil when they both failed to get out of the group stages. So, priority for both teams is to progress to the knock stages and not losing the first game would be a very advantageous for both teams.
This game could easily be a semi-final or even a final but it’s the first game of the tournament for both teams. Both would dearly love to come away with all three points, but I got a feeling both will be content with a point each knowing there are easier games to follow.
Portugal vs Spain Betting Tips
|Portugal vs Spain||Portugal or Draw Double Chance||1.75|
|Portugal vs Spain||Asian Total Corners Over 10||1.95|
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