Kick-off: 1945, 27/09/2022
Stadium: Estadio Municipal
TV: Box Nation
Portugal are in pole position to win Nations League Group A2, being a couple of points in front of Spain heading into this closing contest.
The last four head-to-head meetings between these sides have all ended in stalemate and that would suffice for the hosts again in Braga.
Punters can get 11/5 for yet another draw and that is our first Portugal vs Spain prediction.
It was 1-1 when these sides met in Seville at the start of this tournament and Portugal then beat Switzerland 4-0 and Czech Republic 2-0 on home turf.
Going down 1-0 in Switzerland was a setback, but the Navigators pulled clear at the top of the table again via Saturday’s 4-0 romp in Prague.
Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot outshone some of his higher-profile teammates with a double strike.
Club pal Bruno Fernandes and Liverpool ace Diogo Jota also netted as the 2019 Nations League champions produced some lovely build-up play.
Patrik Schick wasted a golden opportunity to get Czechia back in the game when 2-0 behind by missing a penalty but it was a commanding performance from Portugal.
Dalot declared: “It is an unbelievable feeling to score for the first time in the first team but I think the most important thing is the way we played.
“We started very well, kept the ball and scored goals. I think it was a fantastic game from everyone.”
The only real concern was a nasty-looking head injury suffered by Cristiano Ronaldo, but he went on to complete the full 90 minutes.
Everything is set up for the hosts to play with confidence here, so Portugal vs Spain odds.
Spain were undone by a couple of set-pieces when losing 2-1 at home to Switzerland, with Manuel Akanji heading in one corner and flicking on another for Breel Embolo to strike.
In between, Marco Asensio teed up Jordi Alba to fire in a cracking equaliser, but Marcos Llorente and Carlos Soler were denied by late saves on a frustrating night.
Luis Enrique commented: “I can’t remember a match with so many technical errors, especially on the two corners where we conceded goals.
“A reflection of the entire game was Jordi getting the equaliser and us conceding almost immediately.”
La Roja began their campaign with draws against Portugal and Czech Republic before beating Switzerland 1-0 and Czechia 2-0.
They reached the final of this competition last year when edging out Italy 2-1 but went down by the same scoreline versus France in the decider.
Enrique’s side are heading to Qatar 2022 after finishing four points clear of Sweden in their pool, splitting one-goal wins with the Scandinavians.
Spain seem to always be involved in close contests when facing other decent teams and this game is expected to follow the same pattern.
Let’s add 21/4 for a 1-1 stalemate to our Portugal vs Spain betting tips.
Czech Republic 0-4 PORTUGAL – Diogo Dalot (2), Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota
SPAIN 1-2 Switzerland – Jordi Alba
Head-to-head: Spain 1-1 Portugal, Spain 0-0 Portugal, Portugal 0-0 Spain, Portugal 3-3 Spain
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