Best Odds: 43/20
We’re on the final stretch before the 2022 FIFA World Cup and this year, as a result of the tournament taking place in winter, preparation is going to look a little different for all 32 clubs involved. The next step forward in the midst of this chaotic schedule will be the final set of Nations League games, as old rivals Portugal and Spain collide with both hoping for a bright few months ahead.
Portugal are set for a real turnover in talent and right now, they’ve got a great blend going between their veteran stars and youngsters who are just waiting to break through to the next level. They had to make their way through the play-offs but they came through that test with flying colours, and it genuinely feels like they could be seen as dark horses when we head to Qatar.
Dalot is expected to remain in the team ahead of Cancelo and said from that, the Portuguese should have a fully fit squad to choose from.Car
Spain have a special relationship with the World Cup thanks to their exploits in 2010, although they haven’t really lived up to the hype since then after falling at the group stage in 2014 and the round of 16 in 2018. They proved back at the Euros that they’re still more than capable of making waves on the big stage and if they want to head in with some momentum, a big performance is needed against their neighbours.
Carvajal is expected to return in place of Azpilicueta with the Spanish not expecting to change things up too much.
Factors to Consider
- Spain and Portugal have drawn their last four meetings, including back at the 2018 World Cup.
- Portugal are 1st in League A Group 2 of the Nations League with 10 points.
- Spain are 2nd in League A Group 2 of the Nations League with eight points.
- Portugal have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six games.
- Spain have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
These two sides proved how evenly matched they are not so long ago and we expect to see something similar here, regardless of how much value they might put into winning their Nations League group. Spain will keep it tight in the middle of the park and the hosts have real gritty talent in that area too, likely leading to a goalless draw – and a somewhat disappointing one, at that.
Best Odds: 43/20
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