Portugal vs. Spain Prediction, Tips and Odds – Sep. 27, 2022 20:45 CET
Portugal and Spain will decide in the League A derby of the UEFA Nations League which team from Group 2 will advance to the playoffs of this competition. The start of the match in Braga is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:45 p.m.
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The Portuguese enter this match from the first position in the table. They recorded a road victory against the Czech Republic 4-0 and overtook the Spaniards in the table. Portugal won 10 points in the first five rounds.
Although Joao Cancelo did not play in Prague, his replacement Diogo Dalot excelled. He scored two goals and showed that coach Fernando Santos can count on him in future matches. Diogo Jota and Bruno Fernandes scored one goal each, so the Portuguese enter the match against their neighbors from the Pyrenees with a lot of confidence.
The main strength of the Portuguese national team is defense. In this edition of the UEFA Nations League, they conceded only two goals and according to this statistical parameter, they are the best team in the entire League A. The tandem of central defenders Dias – Pereira will have to stop Alvaro Morata, who is a proven goal scorer at the highest level.
The Spaniards were the leaders of this group before the fifth round, but they complicated the situation in the duel with Switzerland. They were defeated 1-2 at home and slipped to second place. Therefore, they will have to win in Braga in the last round.
It was the first defeat of the Spanish national team in this edition of the UEFA Nations League. The Spaniards played very poorly in attack and did not create many scoring opportunities in the 90 minutes. Alvaro Morata was on the bench, which was a big surprise. It turned out that coach Luis Enrique’s decision was wrong, as Sarabia, Torres, and Asensio were not too dangerous for the Swiss defense.
We believe that the coaching staff of Spain will not calculate when compiling the starting line-up for this match. We expect them to choose the best 11 because they have to win this game.
In the first meeting between these two teams, there was no winner with a score of 1-1. It is interesting that the last four matches between Spain and Portugal ended in a draw.
Portugal (4-3-3): Patricio; Cancelo, Dias, Pereira, Dalot; Bruno Fernandes, Neves, Bernardo Silva; Leao, Jota, Ronaldo
Spain (4-3-3): Simon; Alba, Torres, Garcia, Carvajal; Rodri, Pedri, Koke; Torres, Sarabia, Morata
We expect a difficult and uncertain match. We believe that both national teams will be extremely careful and that we will not see too many chances to score. The Spaniards need a win, but we expect them to wait patiently for their chance.
Prediction: Total Goals Under 2.5