Portugal V Spain will be played on the second day of the World Cup on 15th June. This is the Iberian derby and one of the most eagerly anticipated group games. How fantastic is it that we only have to wait until the second day for this cracker? With players such as Sergio Ramos, David Silva, Andre Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo all set to play in this fixture, we can only presume that we are in for a treat. But, who will come out on top?
Portugal V Spain Head To Head
First of all, let’s have a look at what history tell us about this fixture. It is an international derby charged with history, conflict and footballing rivalry. The Portuguese are especially passionate about this fixture, always hoping to get one over their bigger Iberian rivals.
Overall, Spain clearly have the better of it having won 18 times out of 36 matches. 12 of the 36 matches have ended in draws and Portugal have enjoyed just 6 victories. There have been some relatively recent encounters between the sides in competitive matches.
- In Euro 2004, Portugal, who were hosts, beat Spain 1-0 and went on to finish as runners-up
- They met again in the World Cup eight years ago, where Spain reversed the scoreline 1-0 and went on to win the competition
- In Euro 2012, a semi-final encounter went to penalties and Spain ended up victorious, before going on to lift the trophy
As can be seen, the games are always tight and cagey affairs with neither team dominating. Whatever happens, Portugal V Spain is always a fixture filled with fervent passion and aggression.
Portugal V Spain World Cup 2018
Ultimately, this fixture might not live up to quite the same excitement and drama as more recent encounters given that it’s the first match for both teams at the World Cup. It should still be an enjoyable match though, and with such talented players on show we expect nothing but a true demonstration of high-quality football. Both teams will want to make a statement.
We predict that the match will end in a score draw. Both teams are unlikely to really push for the victory given that both will be confident of beating the other two sides in the group, Morocco and Iran. We don’t expect that they will push themselves too hard. We think it’s more likely that Spain will beat Portugal than vice versa. Spain’s squad is incredibly talented and on paper, they are a better side than Portugal. Still, as Euro 2016 winners, Portugal will be wanting to prove that they are worthy of that trophy.
Portugal V Spain World Cup 2018 Odds
The betting markets are suggesting that the most likely result is a win for Spain and the least likely a win for Portugal. You can currently get odds of around 9/4 for the draw and we feel that is a good bet to put a bit of money. A draw is certainly a possibility and in our eyes that is the most likely result. Whether you place a bet or not, Portugal v Spain promises to be a great match!