International friendly: Spain vs Portugal preview and team news

. Portugal host the Spanish team led by Sergio Ramos.

. Spain and Portugal last met at the 2018 Russia World Cup group round, the match saw both teams equally scoring 3 goals each.

Preview

Portuguese team training under Fernando Santos is in brilliant shape, as they won the last two Nations League matches and topped the group.

Portugal started its national campaign in this COVID upset period with healthy wins. The first match in Group C against Croatia, many of us thought it would be an intense battle between Euro champions and World Cup runners. All hopes fell down when Portugal planted 4 goals in the Croatian net.

Portugal is a team well efficient to rule European football even without Cristiano. That’s what the world witnessed against Croatia when they played without Cristiano ( injury ).

Against Sweden, Cristiano return to play and scored a brace to touch the 100 goal milestone.

Spain, on the other hand, had a dominant opening to the tournament, finishing off Ukraine in all means with a 4-0 score. Captain Sergio Ramos, a well-experienced defender in recent outings acts like a forward, scoring for club and country with his consistent performance.

Ansu Fati, the Barcelona teenage sensation is another big name who has exhibited huge maturity with his scoring against Ukraine.

The 17-year-old La Masia product has many things to do in the long future. Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia are the Manchester city youngsters who debuted on Nations League.

Spain’s most thrilling match came in the second fixture, the draw against Germany in the injury time from Jose Luis Gaya.

Team news

Spain

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio ruled out for the Portugal trip with an injury. Alvaro Morata, Juventus forward also not called for the friendly.

Meanwhile, European treble winner and now Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara is taken out of the squad after he tested for COVID positive.

As Thiago is absent, Napoli defender Fabian Ruiz has a chance to replace him. There are a number of players waiting to debut for the National team, Levante player Jose Campana, Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon, and Wolves winger Adama Traore.

Portugal

Portugal squad will miss Leicester City defender Ricardo Pereira with an injury. Other names that won’t be at home against Spain are Andre Gomes and Joao Mario.

Wolves winger Daniel Podence may get the chance to debut in the absence of other players. Olympiacos defender Ruben Semedo is also among players who are on the list of debuts.

Bernard Silva of City and United forward Bruno Fernandes is in top condition to line up for the team. Eintracht Frankfurt forward Andre Silva will join the team named by coach Fernando Santos.

Head to Head, possible line up, and more…..

SPAIN VS PORTUGAL
SCHEDULE TIME
MATCH SPAIN VS PORTUGAL
DATE 8-10-2020
TIME 12:15 AM (UTC +5:30)
STADIUM ESTADIO ALVALADE
LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
POSSIBLE SPAIN

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): David de Gea, Jesus Navas, Sergio Ramos, Pau Torres, Sergio Reguilon, Fabian Ruiz, Rodri, Dani Ceballos, Ferran Torres, Rodrigo Moreno, Ansu Fati

POSSIBLE PORTUGAL

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Rui Patricio, Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo 

LAST MEETING
MATCH DRAWN  3-3
HEAD TO HEAD

SPAIN   17  WINS

PORTUGAL   6   WINS

DRAWS  13

Prediction|Spain vs Portugal

When considering the current form of the two sides, it would be an equal game from both European giants. Captain Sergio Ramos for Spain and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo begun scoring in the latest Nations League campaign.

The chance for a draw with a score 2-2 is of more chance if Cristiano keeps the form that he always displayed for the national team.

There are injury absentees on both sides, while Portugal has the advantage of playing at the home.