We are only at Day 2 of FIFA World Cup 2018. We are about to witness the biggest clash of the group stages tonight as two champions lock horns.
This match puts two FIFA World Cup title contenders against each other right from the outset. Although the neighboring nations are old foes, this will be only their second meeting on football’s greatest stage. The first and only time they met was a tense Round-of-16 duel in South Africa from which the Spaniards emerged victorious (1-0).
Counting all the 35 occasions that these two teams have faced each other, Spain boasts 16 wins to Portugal’s six. The Spanish side has built up proper momentum before arriving in Russia. They seem to have found the perfect balance between youth and experience. They have a critical psychological advantage over Portugal. It is yet to be seen what impact the changing of the coach so late have in their play.
On the other hand, the reigning European champions, Portugal are unlikely to come bearing gifts. Cristiano Ronaldo, at the age of 33 is more determined than ever to do well in this tournament.
Spain is undoubtedly “the strongest team” in the group, on paper, as said by their coach Fernando Santos. For knowing how strong the Spain football team is, read this out: http://sportsanalyst.in/world-cup-2018-5-best-attack/ . The Portuguese team would want to leave behind the memories of early elimination at their previous World Cup.
Little known fact: Spain has only once ended a World Cup game with ten men on the field. Miguel Angel Nadal, an uncle of tennis champion Rafael Nadal, is the only Spaniard to have suffered a red card in the tournament.
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerreiro, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Cedric; Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, William, Bernardo Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes
Spain: David De Gea; Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Nacho; Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara; Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa
These possibly are one of the best-attacking sides in the tournament. See which other teams have deadly attacking power: http://sportsanalyst.in/world-cup-2018-5-best-attack/
SPORTSANALYST MATCH SCORE PREDICTION:
SPAIN 3 – 1 PORTUGAL
Where to watch: Catch the live action on Sony Liv (app or website- https://www.sonyliv.com/) at 11.30 p.m. IST.