Spain vs Portugal
June 2nd promises to be an important date in the UEFA Nations League as two of the biggest names in European football go head to head. The contest between powerhouse Spain against the always dangerous Portuguese team led by their iconic talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will take place at the Estadio Benito Villamarín on Thursday.
Read on for match details and football betting tips on the Spain vs Portugal game.
Spain vs Portugal head-to-head and form:
Fernando Santos’ side seems ready for the latest challenge. But they will be well aware that history is not on their side. In 38 head-to-head meetings between the two national teams, Spain holds the clear advantage, having come away with 17 games, while Portugal has won only six, with the remaining 15 ending in a draw.
Presently, the Spanish side will enter the game riding a wave of confidence on the back of their 5-0 drubbing of Iceland. Two goals were scored by Alvaro Morata, who plays for Juventus along with another brace by Pablo Sarabia, who plays for Sporting CP. One goal was scored by Villarreal winger Yeremi Pino, who completed a historic win over Arnar Vioarsson’s side. Under the astute guidance of Luis Enrique, the Spanish team has found its stride and is coming into peak form at just the right time.
However, the Spanish side will not be taking Portugal lightly as the latter is also coming into the match on the back of a victory. Portugal came out on top against North Macedonia with a 2-0 result. Both the goals for Portugal were scored by Bruno Fernandes who plays in the midfield for Manchester United in the English Premier League.
Spain form guide: W-W-W-W-L-W-W
Portugal form guide: W-W-L-D-W-W-W
Key Match Facts:
- Spain is on a 4-game winning streak and is bursting with confidence.
- Portugal has won their last 2 matches.
- Spain have won all of their last 17 home
- On average, Spain scores 1.3 goals while Portugal scores 1.2 goals in their matches.
- Spain have scored at least once in 14 straight games.
Spain vs Portugal Team News
Spain is expected to enter Thursday’s match packed with talent. Some of the expected players include Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres, Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal, experienced Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, Manchester City star Rodri and the Barcelona attacking duo of Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati. The only player missing will be Aymeric Laporte, who is out injured.
For Portugal, many hopes rest on Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be helped by a talented lineup that includes Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio, Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo, the Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Danilo Pereira and AC Milan attacker Rafael Leao. Ruben Dias, who plays at centre-back at Manchester City is out injured.
Spain vs Portugal Betting Tips
All told, the Spanish side appears to be a clear winner on this one given their recent form and home advantage.
Tip 1: Spain to win
Tip 2: Both teams to score
Tip 3: Over 2.5 Goals
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