2018 FIFA World Cup-Portugal Vs Spain-Preview! Live Streaming Information, Predicted Teams, World Cup Fixtures, Team News, Kick-off times
2016 European Champions Portugal start their World Cup campaign with an Iberian derby against rivals Spain, who have just sacked manager Julen Lopetegui twenty-four hours before the start of the World Cup. The game is taking place at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. As ever you can watch the Stream of the match Live & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
Portugal shocked many on route to claiming the 2016 European Championships in France, and will again be dark horses to go all the way again in Russia to lift their first ever World Cup. Head coach Fernando Santos guided his country through yet another successful qualification campaign, which saw Portugal lose once during the whole campaign.
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Understandably much of the focus will be on Cristiano Ronaldo to deliver for his national side. Ronaldo, who is Portugal’s all-time leading goal scorer will be charged with scoring and creating the goals to push his country deep in the competition. After picking up yet another Champions League title with Real Madrid, Ronaldo who at the ripe old age of 33 is as hungry as ever to add yet another trophy to his personal honours list.
Portugal Predicted Team
Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fernandes, Guerreiro; B.Silva, Carvalho, Joao Mario, Martins; Ronaldo, Silva
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TV Channel- MAX HD3
Stadium- Fisht Stadium, Sochi
As for Spain, their World Cup preparations were thrown into disarray when head coach Julen Lopetegui was relieved of his duties of managing the side just two days before their opener against Portugal. The timing of Real Madrid confirming that Lopetegui was to manage Los Blancos after the World Cup, was not ideal for the Spanish FA who was left with little choice than to fire the 51-year old coach.
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Spain moved quickly to replace Lopetegui with sporting director Fernando Hierro. The former Real Madrid defender only has one year of experience managing Oviedo, and the 50-year old coach will be hoping his experienced side will be able to band together for their group B opener.
Spain Predicted Team
De Gea; Odriozola, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Alcantara, Busquets, Iniesta; Isco, Costa, Silva
Keeper David de Gea could be the key man for the La Roja heading into this Iberian showdown in Sochi. The Manchester United stopper has had yet another impressive club season and will be expected to be tested against a Portuguese side who like to play quickly on the break. Thankfully the keeper, who has been linked with Real Madrid in the past has some of the best reactions in world football and will be more than ready for the challenge from the Portuguese.