2018 World Cup Betting: Portugal vs. Spain Predictions

Posted by Henry Watkins on Tuesday,June 12, 2018 1:22, EDT in

2018 World Cup betting is already underway as we all gear up for June 14th, where Group A will start off Matchday 1 of 3. Get the full preview by MyBookie for Group A before it begins.

Matchday 1 at the World Cup is not always the greatest football spectacle that you will ever hope to see. The pressure is real in the opening game for all 32 teams, and rather than going out to win, many play it safe and just try to avoid losing.

It’s no real surprise then that a lot of the first games in the group stage are tense affairs with little in the way of action. The game that jumps off the page when 2018 World Cup Betting enthusiasts are looking at the calendar through the opening few days of the tournament is the one that pits Portugal against Spain in Group B.

According to MyBookie Sportsbook, these two are the favorites to move on, and it’s fair to suggest that neither team really needs a win here, especially with the next opponents, Morroco and Iran, up in Group B.

Why don’t they really need to win here?

Well, Morocco qualified for the first time in 20 years by getting past the favorite, Ivory Coast, and in the past four appearances, Iran hasn’t been able to get past the first round of matchups.

It goes without saying that both these teams have quite the hurdles to overcome.

That’s why you get the feeling that the goal with both Portugal and Spain will be to get out of this one with no injuries to report. That’s why I am looking at a game that may potentially be played at a snail’s pace.

These two teams may surprise us, though, by trying to go out and establish dominance in the group, so you just never know.

2018 World Cup Betting Prediction: Portugal vs. Spain

  • When: Friday, June 15 at 2 PM EST
  • Where: Fisht Stadium, Sochi
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
  • 2018 World Cup Betting Odds: TBA

Why bet on Portugal?

Portugal finally broke through in a major tournament when they won the European Championships in 2016. The win came as something of a surprise when you consider how poorly they performed in Brazil in 2014.

They had a similar start to that World Cup as they do here, playing one of the favorites to win it all. That time around, it was Germany in Matchday 1, with Portugal going down 4-0 in that one.

That proved to be a huge hole to dig out of, and it’s something that they will want to avoid against Spain, one of the most accomplished teams in this tournament.

While Portugal should be able to move on comfortably from this group, they are also a team that has, in most cases, been a bit of a disappointment in major tournaments, especially the World Cup.

A win here could well set the tone for the rest of the tournament.

Possible Line-Up

  • 1-Rui Patrício
  • 3-Pepe
  • 2-Bruno Alves
  • 21-Cédric Soares
  • 5-Raphaël Guerreiro
  • 8-João Moutinho
  • 14-William Carvalho
  • 17-Gonçalo Guedes
  • 16-Bruno Fernandes
  • 11-Bernardo Silva
  • 7-Cristiano Ronaldo

Why bet on Spain?

It was the end of a magical era for Spain when Vicente Del Bosque stepped down as manager after the 2016 Euro games, where Italy eliminated Spain at 2-0, bringing their reign as champions to a grinding halt.

It took a little bit of time, as well as a couple of disappointing tournaments, for this team to get its swagger back, but they have it now.

Like Portugal, they experienced a bit of a disaster back in 2014, losing 5-1 to Holland in the group stage, which was one of the biggest surprises in that World Cup.

Spain is one of the 2018 World Cup Betting favorites to win it all.

The biggest question for Spain heading into Russia is who will be leading the attack. This is a team that often plays what is referred to as a false nine, which means they don’t really rely on a striker, instead of allowing their midfield players to take on the attacking duties.

That’s likely how they will set up here.

Just announced today, the eve before the 2018 World Cup—Julen Lopetegui, head coach of Spain, has been sacked. 

Announced on Tuesday, Lopetegui was named the successor to Sindane at the Bernabeu. According to RFEF, Lopetegui took a position with Real Madrid, without informing the RFEF that these types of negotiations were underway.

See how the lines might be affected, and adjust your predictions accordingly.

Possible Line-Up

  • 1-David de Gea
  • 15-Sergio Ramos
  • 3-Piqué
  • 18-Jordi Alba
  • 12-Álvaro Odriozola
  • 6-Andrés Iniesta
  • 21-David Silva
  • 5-Sergio Busquets
  • 10-Thiago Alcântara
  • 22-Isco
  • 9-Rodrigo

Expert 2018 World Cup Betting Pick & Score Prediction

This is a game that has a draw and low-scoring written all over it. I am tempted to go with the 0-0 here, but with Ronaldo on the field, we may see some goal scoring opportunities.

Score: Portugal 1 – Spain 1

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The FIFA World Cup will take over the sports betting industry for the next 4 weeks. Whether you’re a huge football fan or a sports enthusiast, all eyes will be glued to these 32 international teams starting June, 14th.

Keeping up with the action will help you score big. 

MyBookie has all the information you need to keep up-to-date on all things World Cup. It’s going to be a lucrative 4 weeks, from World Cup prop bets to moneyline wagers and point spreads, there’s plenty of ways to keep it exciting.

Make work more entertaining by starting your own FIFA World Cup Pool using the MyBookie World Cup printable bracket and keep your mind on the tournament at all times.

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