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World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain Tips, Preview And Predictions

World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain Tips, Preview And Predictions

The Group B clash looks the best of the group phase and takes place in Sochi

The current European champions against arguably the best international side of the last decade. Portugal v Spain is a mouth-watering contest and, on paper at least, looks to be the most intriguing of the entire group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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The winner of this match could well set the tone for the course of Group B. Portugal and Spain have been drawn alongside Morocco and Iran, and it is the two European sides who are the clear favourites to progress from the group stage into the round of 16.

At just 1.062 to qualify and 1.50 to top Group B, Spain are the favourites to emerge as leaders. In addition, the 2010 World Cup winners are at a huge price of 10.00 not to make it out of the group.

Portugal are also at a very short price to progress in the competition, and you can back them to do just that at 1.22, while they are at 3.00 to beat Spain to top spot. Meanwhile, the reigning European champions are at 4.33 to fall at the first hurdle.

Throw into the mix and this is a huge derby and the potential for fireworks is there. Trying to decide on a winner is no mean feat in this one.

Looking at the simplest type of bet you can make, on the outcome of the match, it is the Spanish who are the favourites to take all three points.  The former world champions are priced at 1.95 to pick up a win in their World Cup opening game, while Portugal are at a far more distant 4.20, according to Oddsshark.

Portugal lost their opening game at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil 4-0 against Germany, and will be desperate to avoid a repeat performance. They became something of draw specialists on the way to their European crown in France two years ago, and you can back them to grind out a stalemate in this game at 3.20.

Trying to predict the exact score is always a tougher ask, but the rewards are certainly greater if you hit the spot. You can back Spain to edge a close game 2-1, for example, at a price of 9.00, which would give you a prize four times greater than simply backing Spain to win the match.

Think both times will score? Then back that hunch at a price of 2.10 and, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa on the pitch, it looks a probability. If you think both defences will not be breached then you can also bet on that outcome, at a lower price of 1.66.

You can also hedge your bets and go for the “Double chance” option, which gives you the opportunity to bet on two possible outcomes for the match rather than just one. If you think it will either end in a draw or a Portugal win, you can select that at option priced at 1.85.

The price for either a draw or a Spain win is at a shorter 1.20, and you can choose a win for either side at a price of 1.33. Spain, having sacked their manager just two days before this game, may well be happy to settle for a draw amongst all their recent turmoil.

Do you think there will be over 2.5 goals in the game, a hypothesis that is mire than a distinct possibility with the players on show? You can back such an outcome at 2.40, while under 2.5 goals comes in at 1.53.

On paper, these two teams are fairly evenly matched and a thrashing does not look to be on the cards. You can back Spain to win by a one goal margin at a price of 3.50. Meanwhile, a score draw is at 4.75, while if you think the match will end with no goals scored then you can go for that option at 7.00.

Unsurprisingly, the favourite to get on the scoresheet is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid star is at 5.50 to score either first or last, and 2.62 to score at any time during the game.

Spain’s Diego costa is just behind him, at 6.00 to either open the scoring or net the last goal of the game. You can also back the Atletico Madrid man to score at any time at a price of 2.87. Iago Aspas and Moreno Rodrigo are at the same price.

Odds: Portugal (4.20), Spain (1.95), draw (3.20

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