Portugal vs Spain World Cup Prediction
In the first match of this group B of the 2018 World Cup in Russia in this game of Saturday will face, in the city of Sochi, in the Olympic Stadium Fisht, the selection of Portugal, and the selection of Spain in this that will be the first match between the two sets since 2012, in the game to be counted towards the qualifiers of the European of 2012, in which they registered a triumph of the Spaniards by 1-0, winning in the penalties.
The formation of Portugal, led by Fernando Santos, enters this game looking for a positive result in this starting match in Group B, taking into account that, as we know, the result of the first game in a short competition such as a World Cup or a European is crucial to achieving the goals without having to be with the calculator constantly.
The team enters this match after having been crowned European champion for 2 years, something that may be extra positive pressure but may also have adverse effects, depending on how players view this event psychologically.
As for the Spanish team, led by Julen Lopetegui, is clearly one of the favorites to win this event, in the image of what has already happened in 2010, not only for his experience at this level but also for the fact that the Spanish team have a great capacity and quality in their squad for a demanding test as is the World Cup.
Still, it remains to be seen how the recent news regarding the current Spanish coach (who will be coach of Real Madrid) will influence (or not) the performance of the Iberians.
Prediction Portugal vs Spain:
Given the style of play of both teams (in the case of Portugal, a major defensive concern to the detriment of the offensive moment, in the case of Spain, a possession game not always objective), I can only see this game to be very evenly balanced, in tactical terms, which leads me to believe that, for at least the first 45 minutes, the game should have few scoring opportunities. In addition, the draw itself can serve both teams, given that they are the most capable of this group B, much more than Morocco and Iran.
Prediction of the Day: At least 0.5 HT goals