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Spain vs Portugal: Predictions
Ahead of this summer’s Euros, Spain host Portugal in the first of their two friendly warm-up games as Luis Enrique hopes to work out his best XI for the upcoming tournament. The two sides met in the 2018 World Cup and produced one of the games of the tournament with a dramatic 3-3 draw.
Fernando Santos will be hoping his side can quickly get up to speed ahead of this summer’s tournament as his men look to defend their Euros crown from 2016. Their triumph in the last Euros tournament may have come as a surprise to some, but the emergence of the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias will only increase optimism of retaining their title.
Although the last meeting between the sides in a tournament produced a classic, these sides also met in a friendly last October. The game failed to live up to the World Cup clash with a bore draw. Portugal enters the tournament as one of the favourites to lift the trophy, however, they may play Friday’s game without some of their stars who may still be waiting to join up with the squad.
Spain has got their hands on two of the last three European Championship trophies, however, Euro 2016 will have come as a disappointment with defeat in the round of 16 against Italy. The most noteworthy omission from this summer’s squad is Sergio Ramos which came as a shock to many and is yet to be seen whether they will miss his experience in major tournaments.
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Spain vs Portugal: Match Stats
Andre Silva had a stunning 2020/21 campaign in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt. The Portuguese striker netted 28 times in his 32 appearances and with the tough competition in the national side for a place in the starting XI he will be looking to do all he can to get in Fernando Santos’ XI for their opening Euros game against Hungary.
In six of the last eight meetings between these two nations, the final score has finished with under 2.5 goals. In addition, seven of the last 12 meetings have ended in a draw and we expect Friday’s clash to be equally as tight.