Portugal vs Spain – Match Preview

Portugal vs Spain
The Iberian derby will determine the winners of Group A2.

Portugal and Spain will battle for a place in the UEFA Nations League finals with the former requiring a solitary point and the latter needing all three.

Portugal defeated Czech Republic 4 – 0 in their last UEFA Nations League match thanks to a brace from Diogo Dalot. The winners of the maiden edition of the competition will be hoping to become the first team to win it twice. In order to do this though, they will rely on their impeccable home form – having lost only once in nine home games since the competition started.

Spain on the other hand, will be looking to get maximum points in order to seal qualification after an uninspiring 2 – 1 loss to Switzerland last time out.

Portugal vs Spain – Team News

Joao Cancelo returns from suspension, and is expected to play on the left after Dalot impressed at right-back. Cristiano Ronaldo, who suffered a face injury during their last match was able to see out the match, but Diogo Jota is available to replace him in the starting XI if required.

Dani Carvajal and Diego Llorente were left out of the squad that played Switzerland, but they will be available for selection in tonight’s game. Furthermore, Rodri and Koke are exected to start ahead of Barcelona duo of Gavi and Busquets.

Portugal vs Spain – Predicted XI

Portugal possible starting lineup:
Costa; Dalot, Dias, Pereira, Cancelo; Neves, Palhinha, Fernandes; B. Silva, Ronaldo, Leao

Spain possible starting lineup:
Simon; Carvajal, Garcia, Torres, Alba; Koke, Rodri, Pedri; Sarabia, Morata, Torres

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