On Tuesday evening, the national team of Portugal will meet that of Spain. Kick-off for the match in Braga is at 20:45. We have the best betting prediction, odds and team news for you.
What’s in Portugal’s favour?
- A draw is enough to win the group
- Large squad with plenty of competition
- Last big test before the World Cup
What’s in Spain’s favour?
- A win means a place in the finals
Our betting prediction:
- Bet: DRAW
- Odds: 3.25
- Sportsbook: Betway
The two Iberian neighbours duel in this match for the group victory and the associated qualification for the final round of the UEFA Nations League. Portugal is currently in the lead with 10 points. With a win, the Spaniards could still overtake Portugal.
Team news Portugal
For years, the Portuguese were proud of their so-called golden generation around Luis Figo and Rui Costa, but they never won a major title. But what the Portuguese now have to offer in terms of player material surpasses all previous Portuguese squads. you can almost call it platinum-generation.
The list of stars could go on without mentioning the name of Cristiano Ronaldo. Whether Diogo Jota from Liverpool FC, Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) or Ruben Dias (Manchester City) – it is a Who’s Who of European football.
Reaching the UEFA Nations League final is of great importance for Fernando Santos‘ team, but no one in his squad will be contorting themselves for an international match so close to the World Cup and the important upcoming phase in club football with several matches to play.
Team news Spain
The 2010 World Champions are currently in an identity crisis. As much as club football is dominated by teams like Real Madrid, the national team has lacked big stars for years. This is also reflected in the fact that Champions League winners Real Madrid currently have only two current national players in Marco Asensio and Dani Carvajal. And so FC Barcelona currently provides the scaffolding for the team. In the defeat against Switzerland a few days ago, six Barca players were in the starting line-up (Garcia, Alba, Gavi, Busquets, Pedri, Torres). Although Spain has won four of their seven games this year and lost only one, it is hard to imagine Spain playing a decisive role in the upcoming World Cup in their current form.
- The H2H statistics between Spain and Portugal are fascinating. The last five meetings between the Iberian neighbours have each ended in a draw, three of them goalless, four of them by less than 3 goals.
- The last match was marked by many yellow cards: No less than 8 players were cautioned.
Our betting prediction for Portugal vs Spain
Portugal is in the best possible position here. Even a draw is enough to decide Group 2 of the UEFA Nations League in their favour. And the Portuguese are in good form and have an excellent squad with plenty of competition. A slip-up against Spain is hard to expect. Another draw between the neighbouring countries is very likely, especially as the players of the big teams will not risk any unnecessary injuries and will surely take it easy.
We bet on this with odds around 3.25, which can be found at almost all providers, such as Betway.
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