The UEFA Nations League is back, and here we have a fantastic game between two giants of international football – Spain and Portugal. Here’s everything you need to know about the fixture.
This is the first game in the round of group stages for each side, so they’ll both be looking to get off to a good start in the relatively new competition. Both teams play their first bit of international football since March, so it’ll be interesting to see who will be featuring for either side thanks to some good performances from players towards the end of the season.
With club football now all over, fans will be excited to see some fantastic players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Thiago all featuring in their countries colours.
So – with this, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the clash between Spain and Portugal in the UEFA Nations League group stages.
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Date and Time
Spain against Portugal will take place on Thursday 2nd June 2022 at the Estadio Benito Villamarin. The match will start at 7:45 PM UK time.
How To Watch
Football fans in England will be over the moon to hear that Spain against Portugal will be televised live on Premier Sports 2 and Premier Player.
If you want to live stream the big match, you can do so via the Premier Player streaming service.
You need to have an account or a monthly pass to access the live stream, so make sure you have everything you need before kick-off. The monthly pass costs £9.99 and can be purchased here.
Spain will be without recent Premier League winner Aymeric Laporte as he pulled out of the squad through injury. Barcelona’s wonderkid Pedri is also a notable absence on the sidelines.
Similarly for the opposition, another Manchester City centre-half is absent in the form of Ruben Dias. Other than that, Portugal have their full line-up at their disposal.
Neither side have any injuries they need to worry about.
Spain Predicted XI:
Simon; Azpilicueta, E Garcia, P Torres, Alba; Thiago, Busquets, Koke; Gavi, Morata, F Torres
Portugal Predicted XI:
Patricio; Cancelo, Pepe, Danilo, Guerreiro; Fernandes, Moutinho, Bernardo; Otavio, Ronaldo, Jota
Head to Head
Here are the last four fixtures between the two sides:
4th June 2021: Spain 0 – 0 Portugal
7th October 2020: Portugal 0 – 0 Spain
15th June 2018: Portugal 3 – 3 Spain
27th June 2012: Portugal 0 – 0 Spain
Here are the odds that are being offered by various bookmakers:
Prediction: Spain 1 – 1 Portugal
Given the fact that both sides are playing their first fixtures in a good few months, combined with the fact that this game seems to produce a draw more or less every time they play – we think it’ll end 1-1.
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