The first blockbuster matchup of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia comes in the form of Portugal taking on Spain. This is the fourth match of the tournament and it will be played in Group B.
The two teams have had success at the international scene and the experience of winning a competition has always come handy.
However, the news of Spain’s management sacking Julen Lopetegui has come as a shock to the entire footballing community. Lopetegui took the job of Real Madrid post his World Cup duties with Spain. The management didn’t appreciate this from their manager. They feared that their future is uncertain because of this decision and took control of what they can do. They have replaced him with Fernando Hierro who is a Spanish legend himself.
This exclusion is a dent in the hopes and dreams of the Spanish fans. The country has one of the best squads around with world-class talent at their disposal, but mentality is an equally important factor in football. Some players would need to be reassured of their place and a lot of other things that go behind the scenes in a team. It’s a gamble Spanish FA hopes pays off.
Portugal, on the other hand, has carried the spine of the team that won the UEFA Euro Cup 2016 in France. Fernando Santos has given the players their freedom and preferred positions to express themselves. More importantly, he has also relieved Cristiano Ronaldo unnecessary duty of defending.
Ronaldo is 33-years of age and will be 37 when the next World Cup comes. This is his last opportunity to clinch the title and be revered as the greatest player of all time who has won all the trophies in the world. If he fails to pull his team together in this achievement, as harsh as it may sound, he can not be considered as the greatest of all time.
These two teams are in Group B with Iran and Morocco. The general consensus is that Portugal and Spain will progress. This game holds crucial importance as the winner will grab top-spot and a favourable matchup in the Round of 16.
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POR vs ESP Dream 11 Fantasy Team Prediction:
When and where?
This match is to be played at Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia. The ground has a capacity of 41,220 and it is going to be a mostly sunny day in Saint Petersburg with 10% chance of precipitation.
Where to watch Portugal vs Spain live?
The clash will take place at 11:30 PM (IST) on June 15th, 2018 and can be streamed live on Sony LIV and Sony Ten 2.
POR vs ESP recent form (Last six matches)
Portugal –W D D L W D
Portugal had to rest Cristiano Ronaldo in two of their three warm-up games for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Both of those resulted in a draw, and they won the game he started. This shows his significance for the team.
Spain– W D W D D W
Spain is on a 20 match unbeaten streak and hasn’t lost since UEFA Euro 2016. Sadly, their form has gone out of the window since the recent management change.
POR vs ESP Head to head
Portugal Won – 6
Spain Won – 12
Not Decided – 17
The two European giants have played each other many a times, and have wins over each other. The interesting fact in this is that whenever they’ve played each other in an international competition, it always been a cagey affair with Spain getting the better of Portugal.
POR vs ESP Team News:
POR vs ESP Probable Playing 11:
Spain (4-2-3-1) –
de Gea, Carvajal/Odriozola, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Alcantara/Koke, Isco, Iniesta, Silva, Costa
Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Alves, Guerreiro, Silva, Moutinho, Carvalho, Fernandes/Mario, Guedes/Andre Silva, Ronaldo
*Since this is the fourth game of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Portugal and for the teams as well, the lineups can have some subtle changes. The predictions will get more accurate as the tournament progresses.
Players to look out for-
Isco is arguably one of the most creative midfield players in the world. He can fill the imminent void of Andres Iniesta, and if he carries his club form to the World Cup, expect him to bamboozle opposition.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the main man for his country Portugal. Many of his club teammates are in Spain, and he is very well aware of how to expose the weaknesses.
Gambling India Info Match Prediction Portugal vs Spain –
Spain was expected to win this game until the announcement of the sacking of their coach. Now things can take a turn with Portugal coming back in the game and earning a scored draw.
POR vs ESP Odds Makers Predictions:
POR vs ESP Dream 11 Team Predictions-
We have taken Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco in both of our teams. Both these players are integral to their respective countries by the way the game is played and what is dictated. Both of them have strong defences and either teams’ players can be chosen. Here we have given you two alternatives.
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