Portugal and Spain match up in Group B on Friday 11th June, with both teams viewed as heavy favourites to progress in a group which also contains Morocco and Iran. Arguably this is the most appetising group clash with 2010 winners Spain slight favourites against the European champions.
Where and when: Fisht Stadium, Sochi – 11 June, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Portugal vs. Spain: William Hill, BBC
Last time: 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 semi-final of the 2012 European Championships – a 0-0 draw which La Roja won following a penalty shootout.
|Correct score 0-0||7/1||Offer|
|Portugal to win||17/5||Offer|
|Cristiano Ronaldo anytime scorer||12/5||Offer|
Portugal vs. Spain Predictions and Preview
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.
Julen Lopetegui is unbeaten through his 20 matches in charge and alongside Germany and Brazil, his side are considered favourites.
The Spanish are favourites to win this game at odds of 22/23, with a Portugal victory available at 15/4 and the draw priced at 12/5.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 8/15 while over 2.5 goals is priced at 7/5.
A ‘double chance’ on Portugal to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 10/11.
If you fancy Spain to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 11/5.
One to watch for Portugal: 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. He is priced at 12/5 to score anytime in this game.
One to watch for Spain: Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas has netted five goals in ten international appearances, including a recent winner against Tunisia, and is likely to play a prominent role in this tournament. He is available at 12/5 to find the net at any point here.
Long shot: Both sides are among the favourites to progress through the group and a draw represents a decent start for each. The game could be cagey and a scoreless draw in this game is available at odds of 7/1.