Kickoff: 02:45 AM (GMT +8)
Stadium: Benito Villamarín
Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction – The latest season of the UEFA Nations League has begun, and one of the fixtures is the Iberian Derby between Spain and Portugal. The Roja have been experiencing renewed strength, having reached the semi-final stages of the European Championship last year. Meanwhile, the Selecao have also been a powerhouse, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading them in the World Cup play-off that guaranteed them a slot in Qatar this year. For now, who has the edge between these two neighbours? Have a quick look and read on for our winning tips below.
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Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction – Head to Head
Historically, Spain have been dominant in their meetings with Portugal, winning nearly thrice as much. There is also a huge discrepancy in goals scored, with the Roja netting 29 more. However, in their last three meetings, the results have ended in draws. Below are the most recent contests between the two sides.
Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction – Recent Matches
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Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction – Form (All Competitions)
Spain have been flawless in their last four matches after losing in the UNL Final, winning each of them and gaining outright qualification to the World Cup. Portugal, meanwhile, have had to fight for their slot after losing to Serbia in the group stage, and this they did by sweeping their last two contests. Let’s take an in-depth look into both teams.
Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction – Preview
Spain nearly won the UNL competition last year, but were stopped by a determined France side (2-1) who wanted to avenge their elimination from the EURO. In that match, Mikel Oyarzabal put the Roja ahead on 64 minutes with a low finish. However, later goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe denied them of their first-ever UNL trophy. Since then the Luis Enrique-managed side have won all matches, last beating Iceland 5-0 in March at the Riazor. Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia each had a brace, while Yeremy Pino added a goal to the scoreline. Going into the match, they will be without young sensation Pedri as well as the dependable Aymeric Laporte. Could they still manage to score an opening victory against the formidable Selecao?
Portugal were the inaugural champions of the UNL, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in Porto in 2019 under Cristiano Ronaldo. However, in the following season, they failed to make it back to the finals after a second-place finish in their group, with table-toppers France advancing. The Fernando Santos-managed side have also experienced a minor setback when they were denied an outright World Cup slot after a 1-2 home loss to Serbia in the group stage, finishing second in Group A. They did eventually book their ticket to Qatar by knocking out Turkey 3-1 in the first play-off, and seeing off Cinderella favourites North Macedonia 2-0 in the play-off final. Bruno Fernandes netted one in both halves to end the Lynxes’ dream run. With a lineup that has been the best in recent years, can the Selecao triumph over their neighbours on opening day?
Spain – Injuries, Bans, Suspensions
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Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction – Final Thoughts
More than just an Iberian derby, this match will also give us a preview of the two sides as they head into the World Cup later this year. Nevertheless, this contest will be as exciting as it gets. Portugal may have certified stars like Ronaldo and Fernandes, but Spain’s raw talent have also gotten them deep in their most recent competitions. A draw may seem the most plausible outcome here, but the Roja may have the wee advantage of being at home. With that, let’s take a look at the prediction.
Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction
We will be betting on the Asian Handicap and Over/Under in Euro football odds for this match:
Over: 2.25 Goals
Disclaimer: The odds change from time to time without prior notice and is only available at the time of writing
For this Spain v Portugal Nations League Prediction to win, Spain need to win the match in full time with a one-goal lead. For the Over/Under bet to win, the total goal count should be above 2.25 goals.
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