With the 2018 World Cup kicking off Officially on June 14, 2018, ATAAOJA Sports brings to you the preview of a mouthwatering match between the former World Champions and reigning European Champions. Our friend with hands on preview, Oluwatosin "El Tinto" Adelaja, has helped intending bettors and predictors with this interesting piece on the match.
The reigning European champions enters the 2018 world cup knowing this could be Ronaldo’s last, so the current world footballer of the year and his team have to try to go deep into the tournament so as to convince critics who thinks their Euro win was a fluke, and on their path to glory is a confident Spanish side whose last appearance at the world cup was a disaster and who will be hoping to redeem their image.
Pre world cup warm up matches for both teams have been unconvincing with Portugal winning just one out of 3 matches while Spain won twice. But form won’t count when this two sides from the Iberia peninsula meet in their world cup opener later today.
Possible line ups
Portugal manager Santos is expected to stay faithful to a 4-4-2 with (4-4-3 as plan B) with Christiano Ronaldo and Guedesor Andre silva leading the line, with a heavy focus on an organised defence and swift counter attack which won them the Euro, with a midfield 4 of Moutinho, Carvalho , Joao Mario and Manchester city star Bernado Silva, the defence would most likely consist of the ageless Bruno Alves and Pepe with Soares and Guerreirocompleting the back four
The Spainard squad is capable of playing in two different formations, Coach Lopetegui usually deploy a 4-3-3 formation but they could also play a 4-5-1 formation which all depends on whether he starts Diego Costa or not. With the Atleti man spearheading the attack, Spain could deploy a 4-5-1 formation which they are most likely to utilise, with the likes of Isco and David silva making runs from the midfield. But with a 4-3-3, players like Isco, Asensio or David Silva , they could play wider, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets could start in the midfield, Koke could also be given a nod to start also. In defence, the only question mark is the fitness of Dani Carvajal and incase the Madrid man is not fit to start, Azplicueta could take his place in the starting eleven. The rest of Alba, Pique and Ramos are expected to start and De gea is a sure bet to start in goal.
PREDICTION AND TIPS
Spain are the dominant side in the history of both sides going head to head with spain winning 18, drawing 12 and losing just 6 games out of 36 games against Portugal.
Both teams have been tough to break down lately, that is why a high scoring contest is highly unlikely here. The under 2.5 goals is highly worth backing. With Spain’s quality, going for a spain win is highly profitable, and for those who like predicting the correct scoreline, a narrow 1-0 win for spain is a highly competitive game at Sochi is highly likely.
Tosin is a staunch Barcelona FC fan.
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