Nations League : Portugal Vs Spain Match Preview, Line Up, Match Info

Spain vs. Portugal - prediction, team news, lineups

Spain And Portugal Kick Off Their 2022-23 Uefa Nations League Campaigns On Thursday Evening At The Benita Villamarina Stadium In Seville.

Both Teams Have Been Drawn Into Group 2 Of League A With The Czech Republic And Switzerland And Both Will Face Each Other Four Times In The Competition At The Beginning Of June. Spain Reached The Final Of The 2020-21 Uefa Nations League By Beating European Champions Italy In The Semi-finals Of The Competition Before Losing 2-1 To France In Milan. La Roja Face Portugal, The Czech Republic Twice And Switzerland In The Coming Weeks, And The Four Games Will Give Head Coach Luis Enrique A Good Chance To Look At His Squad As He Solidifies His Plans For The 2022 World Cup.

Spain Have Comfortably Booked Their Place In The Finals Of The Competition In 2022, Taking 19 Points From Their Eight Games To Top Group B And Will Be Bidding For Their Second World Cup Crown In Qatar.

The European Nation Made It Through The Group Stage Of The Tournament In 2014 Before Crashing Out In The Round Of 16 In 2018, But They Reached The Semi-finals Of Euro 2020 And Certainly Look Capable Of Mounting A Challenge At The World Cup Later This Year. .

Spain Have Played Two Friendlies Since The End Of Qualifying, Recording A 2-1 Win Over Albania On March 26, Beating Iceland 5-0 Three Days Later And Will Be Looking To Make It Five In A Row In All Competitions On Thursday Night. Portugal Had To Go Through A Play-off To Secure A Place At The 2022 World Cup, Recording A 3-1 Win Over Turkey In The Semi-finals Before Beating North Macedonia 2-0 To Book Their Place In The Final.

Fernando Santos' Side Will Face Ghana, Uruguay And South Korea In Group H Later This Year And Are Expected To Progress To The Knockout Stages Of The Competition. Portugal Have Actually Been Knocked Out In The Round Of 16 At Two Of Their Last Three World Cups, Losing To Uruguay In 2018 And Their Best Finish Remains Third In The 1966 Competition. And The Selecao Face Spain, Switzerland And The Czech Republic Twice In The Next Few Weeks In The Uefa Nations League, With Santos Also Using The Fixtures To Prepare For The World Cup.

Portugal And Spain Have Played Out Goalless Draws In Their Last Two Matches

Both Friendlies In October 2020 And June 2021, With Their Last Competitive Meeting Coming At The 2018 World Cup - The Pair Played Out A Pulsating 3-3 Group Draw. Competition Phase.

Spain Will Be Without Aymeric Laporte, With The Manchester City Centre-back Out Of The Squad With A Knee Problem, While Barcelona Are Also Without Pedri Due To Injury. Still No David De Gea, Unai Simon Is The Number One Goalkeeper At The Moment, Robert Sanchez And David Raya Are Selected As Backups For The Athletic Bilbao Stopper.

Eric Garcia Could Play Alongside Pau Torres In Central Defense, While Thiago Is Likely To Feature Despite His Involvement In The Champions League Final Between Liverpool And Real Madrid.

Gavi Could Play In An Advanced Area Alongside Barcelona Team-mate Ferran Torres, While Alvaro Morata, Who Is Comfortably The Team's Top Scorer With 25 Goals, Should Lead The Line.

As For Portugal, Man City's Ruben Dias Is Out With Injury, So Danilo Is Likely To Feature Again Alongside Pepe In The Center Of Defence. There Are Not Many Big Surprises Expected In The Guests' Starting Eleven, Bruno Fernandes And Bernardo Silva Will Probably Be Joined By Joao Moutinho In The Midfield. Meanwhile, Diogo Jota Is Expected To Start Despite Featuring In The Champions League Final, While Cristiano Ronaldo Will Lead The Way In His 187th Appearance For The National Team.

Another Spot Is Open In The Final Third Of The Pitch With A Number Of Players Looking To Play On The Right, But Porto's Otavio Could Eventually Get The Nod.

Spain possible starting lineup:

Simon; Azpilicueta, E Garcia, P Torres, Alba; Thiago, Busquets, Koke; Gavi, Morata, F Torres

Portugal possible starting lineup:

Patricio; Cancelo, Pepe, Danilo, Guerreiro; Fernandes, Moutinho, Bernardo; Otavio, Ronaldo, Jota

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