Portugal Vs Spain – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
Our Portugal vs. Spain soccer match predictions for June 15th World Cup clash in Sochi is that Spain will win the match outright and by one goal or more. The first heavyweight clash of the 2018 World Cup comes on Friday as Iberian perennial rivals Portugal and Spain face off in the first game of Group B. My 2018 World Cup pick for June 15th is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Portugal Vs Spain Predictions
These two teams are huge favorites to progress from Group B but also could find themselves playing in the finals on July 15. Whichever team wins this match is likely to be at the top of the group after three matches, so this should be an intense battle. Portugal defended its way to its Euro 2016 crown, but two years on and it is yet to bring any particularly promising defenders to the squad. Its center remains reliant on the 35-year-old Pepe who will be partnered by either Bruno Alves or another old geezer Jose Fonte.
Spain dominated qualifying dropping just two points in ten games and ending up five points ahead of fellow Italy. Spain scored 36 goals in these ten games and only conceded three goals. Since then it has won three and drawn three, leaving the team unbeaten since its Euro 2016 exit almost two years ago. Spain was impressive at the back during qualifying, but it has kept one clean sheet in its last five matches. However, the team has scored at least two goals in 15 of its last 20 games since Euro 2016 ended, so we can expect to see them pushing Portugal’s defense hard on Friday.
Portugal (+1/2) Vs Spain (-1/2) Betting Odds
Both sides should feel comfortable about passing the group regardless of the outcome here given they are to battle the likes of Morocco and Iran to get out of the Group B. Nevertheless, there are no doubts that the initial win could well determine both sides’ destiny and lift the spirits from the get-go.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 81 international goals in that time and heads to the World Cup on the back of scoring 44 goals in 44 games for Real Madrid last season in total for the La Liga. Dani Carvajal is back in training after missing Spain’s final pre-tournament friendly as a result of the injury during the Champions League final. This will give Julen Lopetegui a full squad to choose from for opener against Portugal.
Portugal and Spain have played each other 36 times in all competitions, with Spain winning exactly half of those. Portugal has won just six matches. Last time, at Euro 2012, a 0-0 draw was followed by Spain winning 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out, while their last World Cup meeting was in 2010 when Spain won 1-0. Based on this record and current status of each football squad we predict that Spain will win the match.