PORTUGAL VS SPAIN PREVIEW
Spain need just two more victories to achieve a historic success and lift their third consecutive title at major tournaments, but their neighbours and bitter rivals Portugal will try to spoil the party for their opponents.
After needing the play-offs to reach the final tournament, Paulo Bento’s side were utterly disappointing in their final two warm-up games, hinting they would not be able to match some of the best sides in Europe.
However, the team managed to show a lot of potential in their first group game against Germany and they weren’t too downhearted by the narrow defeat.
Portugal then further raised their game to beat Denmark and Netherlands, before easing off to a victory over Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.
Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved the match winner, and you should know he is now 3.00 (2/1) with Sportingbet to score against Spain as well.
Helder Postiga is set to miss out with a thigh injury, meaning Hugo Almeida is likely to start at the tip of the attack.
Spain arrived to the European Championship as main candidates for the trophy and they have so far justified the favourites’ tag.
La Furia Roja had a somewhat slow start to the tournament finals with their showings in group stage leaving a lot to be desired, but they then showed a lot of improvement to record a comfortable victory over France.
For the third time in four games, Vincent del Bosque fielded a side without the recognized forward, although Fernando Torres did come on midway through the second half.
It was Xabi Alonso who scored both goals against France, thus celebrating his 100th cap for the national team, and the Real Madrid midfielder is 7.50 (13/2) with Paddy Power to score against Portugal. Spain are 1.98 (39/40) with 188BET to win this game.
With no fresh injuries to report, Vincent del Bosque is set to field an unchanged line-up, meaning Cesc Fabregas will again act as a false nine. Check out top 5 betting tips for Portugal vs Spain game.