World Cup 2018 | Spain v Portugal Tips | 15th June 2018
THE World Cup continues on Friday with Spain facing Portugal in Group B. Our man Jamie Wright offers his betting preview and tips.
Spain v Portugal | Friday 15th June 2018, 19:00 | ITV
The second match in Group B sees a couple of powerhouses going at it, as Portugal – current European champions – take on neighbours Spain, who are one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. The winner of this game will likely go on to claim top spot in the group – and a potentially easier time in the knockouts – so this game really is an incredibly important one.
Of course there will be huge focus on the game after the dramatic sacking of Julen Lopetegui just two days before this fixture.
Let’s take a look at my betting tips…
Back Spain to succeed
Portugal have never beaten their Iberian rivals in a World Cup before, however the shock sacking of the Spain manager just two days before their first match could unsettle the Spaniards slightly. Despite this though, we still expect Spain to come out on top in a low scoring game.
If you agree with us, you can back Spain to win at 11/10 here at 188BET.
But why exactly do we think that Spain will come out on top? Well, their form leading up to the tournament has been fantastic, and they haven’t lost a game in their last 20 fixtures (W14, D6). Spain also have the better squad of players on paper, despite Portugal being so successful two years ago.
Spain’s attack is sharp, with big names like Diego Costa, Andres Iniesta and Isco likely to start, and they should find themselves with a few good chances against the Portuguese defence.