Friday 15 Jun

Portugal vs. Spain Match Preview

15 Jun 2018 Keith M. INTERNATIONAL: World Cup, Group B
INTERNATIONAL: World Cup, Group B

Portugal

  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:00 GMT
15 June 2018

Spain

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
18:00 GMT 15 June 2018

The Portugal vs. Spain match will be played on Friday, June 15, at the Olympic Stadium, Sochi. This is the derby match of group B, that might even decide the winner of the group.

STATS

  • Portugal was defeated only once in their last 12 games in all competitions. That defeat came against the Netherlands in a friendly match played in March.
  • Spain is undefeated in 20 games in a row! However, in their last five friendly games they recorded three draws and only two victories.

HEAD TO HEAD

Since 1921 when they played for the first time ever, these teams played 35 times against each other. Spain is way more successful with 17 wins, while Portugal has only six. Twelve games ended in a draw. However, in their last ten games, Spain recorded only two wins, Portugal won two matches, while five games ended in a draw. They played six times in the 21st century and we saw more than one goal only once - in a friendly match played 2010, Portugal defeated Spain by 4:0.

PORTUGAL NEWS

Portugal came to Russia as a reigning European champion. However, almost nobody puts them in the first row of favorites to win the title. On the other hand, nobody did that in France either, but they won it. It seems they are quite happy with the role given to them by the media and fans, and they will try to prove them wrong in the first match of the tournament, against Spain.

Latest matches: Portugal

07.06.2018 Int. Portugal Algeria 3:0 W
02.06.2018 Int. Belgium Portugal 0:0 D
28.05.2018 Int. Portugal Tunisia 2:2 D
26.03.2018 Int. Portugal Netherlands 0:3 L
23.03.2018 Int. Portugal Egypt 2:1 W

SPAIN NEWS

Spain came here as one of the biggest favorites for the title, but after a crisis that hit them in the last couple of days, nobody is sure what to expect from them. Zinedine Zidane surprisingly departed from Real Madrid, and the Royal club negotiated and eventually agreed terms with Spanish national team coach, Julen Lopetegui. That caused unrest within the Spanish camp and Spanish FA decided to sack Lopetegui only days before the start of World Cup! Fernando Hierro will act as their interim manager and we will see how the players will react to that change.

Latest matches: Spain

09.06.2018 Int. Spain Tunisia 1:0 W
03.06.2018 Int. Spain Switzerland 1:1 D
27.03.2018 Int. Spain Argentina 6:1 W
23.03.2018 Int. Germany Spain 1:1 D
14.11.2017 Int. Russia Spain 3:3 D

SUMMING UP!

Spain was a favorite to win this match one week ago, but now, we don't know what to expect. Portugal is certainly strong enough to take advantage of this situation. We expect that both teams will score in this game.

About the author - Keith M.

Dedicated tipster with five years of experience. Devoted Arsenal fan and sports writer.

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