The Coverage World Cup 2018 Match 3 Predictions / Analysis : Portugal vs Spain ( June 16 – 2 pm) - The Coverage

The Coverage World Cup 2018 Match 3 Predictions / Analysis : Portugal vs Spain ( June 16 – 2 pm)

Portugal Info

Led by coach Fernando Santos Portugal want to use the experience gained at last summer’s tournament in Russia and they are highly motivated for World Cup 2018. They are actual EURO Champions but this time it will be a hard job to reach World Cup finals. Here’s everything you need to know about the team:

The reigning European champs Portugal enter the 2018 World Cup knowing this could be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last. Maybe he is one of the best football players on the World, but he can’t play alone and he must know it. Cristiano Ronaldo remains Portugal’s biggest star, but Portugal also have lots of talented players who are highly motivated for World Cup 2018 in Russia. Portugal qualified for Russia after topping a group that included Switzerland and Hungary.

FIFA Ranking: 4

Portugal Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Spain Info

Spain will be among the favourites at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Spaniards have enough in the midfield to simply dominate the ball and make a run to the final so ball possession will be their main objective on each World Cup game. Spain were dominant throughout qualification and ultimately pushed Italy to the playoffs. Here’s everything you need to know about the team:

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After a disappointing World Cup 2014 and a poor showing at the EURO 2016 Spain are come back to World Cup as a one of the main pretenders to reach World Cup Finals. Coached by Julen Lopetegui Spain have managed to qualify without loosing a single game in qualification rounds. Spain include several top stars from Barcelona and Real Madrid and they are favourites to win top spot in the Group B.

FIFA Ranking: 8

Spain Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Portugal vs Spain Match Preview

The second day of the World Cup brings us the mouth-watering derby as Spain take on neighboring Portugal in the battle for the first place in the Group B.

Both sides should still feel comfortable about passing the group regardless of the outcome here given they are to battle the likes Morocco and Iran for such accomplishment.

Nevertheless, there are no doubts the initial win could well determine both sides’ destiny and lift the spirits from the get go.

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Spain will be desperate to fix the impression after a rather poor challenge at EURO 2016 when they were stopped to Italy in the last 16 round after also losing the group stage match to Croatia earlier on.

Portugal come into the competition as the reigning European champions, but can they repeat a remarkable success two years later in Russia? We do like to mention forehand that they are heavy on attack and too short in defense.

Portugal vs Spain Predictions

It seemed that Spain had lost the momentum after Vicente Del Bosque left the bench after eight-years in charge. The aforementioned defeats to Croatia and Italy only confirmed the crisis, but the new manager and new set of younger players popped up as La Furia Roja again seem to represent a major force in the football world.

Spain were super dominant in their respective qualifying group winning 9 and drawing 1 (1-1 to Italy away in Turin) of 10 matches. They showed class in the 6-1 thumping of Argentina in a friendly in March and they boasted the second best attacking record in the qualifying campaign as well as the best defensive with just three goals conceded in ten games.

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Portugal were also pretty impressive en route to Russia winning 9 of 10 qualifiers. Fernando Santos can particularly be satisfied with his team’s defensive line which kept back-to-back clean sheets in consecutive warm-up friendlies against Belgium and Algeria.

Both teams have been very tough to break down lately which is why we can hardly see a high-scoring contest here.

Predict Score 

Portugal 3 – 3 Spain

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