POR vs SPA Dream11 Prediction: The international break is upon us as players leave their clubs and represent their countries for two weeks. Portugal travel to their next-door neighbour’s capital, Madrid, to take on Spain on Wednesday night. Portugal is currently on a 4-game winning streak, scoring 14 goals and conceding just 1 in the process. They also beat 2018 World Cup finalists, Croatia, convincingly with a 4-1 win in the UEFA Nations League last month. They then went on to beat Sweden 2-0, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a goal in either half. The current Nations League holders, Portugal, are joint top in the group alongside France and ahead on goal difference. Spain hasn’t had a bad time, winning three of their last four games. Their only dip came when they faced Germany and a late goal saw them force a 1-1 draw. Spain has scored a massive 17 goals and conceded only 1 in their last 4 fixtures and also sit atop their Nations League group by a point’s advantage over Ukraine. Their current forms, exciting young prospects and intense rivalry will make this game of ‘Futbol’ or ‘Futebol’ as both sides refer to it and neither side will understand the meaning of the word ‘friendly’ once the referee blows his whistle.
Fixture name & competition: Portugal vs Spain, International Friendlies
Date & Time: 8th October, 12:15 am (IST)
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
POR – LWWWW
SPA – DWWDW
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Fixtures between the two sides have always been intense with two wins to either side and one draw.
Last meeting: Portugal 3-3 Spain (FIFA World Cup, 15th July 2018)
Live Streaming: Across Sony Sports Network
Portugal Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Mario Rui will be unavailable due to a coronavirus outbreak that saw the Juventus vs Napoli get called off. Andre Gomes and Joao Cancelo are likely to miss out too due to injury.
Doubtful: Cristiano Ronaldo did not train with the Portuguese squad when they first met but there is no other news on this matter.
Expected changes: Barcelona youngster, Trincao, may get a start on the right-wing. Wolves players, Nelson Semedo, Daniel Podence, Joao Moutinho and former player Diogo Jota are all likely to start.
POR vs SPA Dream11 Playing11:
POR Playing 11 (probable):
Anthony Lopes (GK)
Spain Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Dani Carvajal and Thiago Alcantara are confirmed absentees as the Real Madrid man misses out with injury and the Liverpool man tested positive for Covid-19.
Doubtful: Adama Traore declined the invitation to play for Mali and chose to feature for Spain instead but it remains to be seen if he gets a start.
Expected changes: Another Barcelona youngster, Ansu Fati, may get a start up-front in POR vs SPA Dream11 Team Prediction match. Arsenal man, Dani Ceballos, is likely to get the nod in midfield too.
POR vs SPA Dream11 Playing11:
SPA Playing 11 (probable):
David de Gea (GK)
The game is very tightly matched with Bwin offering odds of 17/10 for both sides to win. The past encounters between Spain and Portugal have been very intense with the latest one coming in the form of a 6-goal thriller in the FIFA World Cup 2018 where a Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick forced a draw. Before that, they met in the semi-finals of the Euro 2012 where a 0-0 draw saw the game go to penalties that Spain won and they went on to clinch the title in the finals. No matter the previous form, players on both sides turn up for this game as there is a deep-rooted rivalry. Despite being an away game for the Portuguese, a lot of their players have plenty of experience playing in Spain, with the Wanda Metropolitano being Joao Felix’s home ground as an Atletico Madrid player. Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe will come up against their former long-term teammate, Sergio Ramos, which should again be an interesting encounter. With both teams evenly poised to take this game, it will definitely not appear as a friendly match by any stretch of the imagination.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Arguably the best player the world has ever seen, Cristiano Ronaldo is still going strong at the age of 35. Having scored 101 goals and providing 40 assists in just 165 games, his national team career has been as lucrative as his club career. He will look to reignite his form against Spain and hopefully beat them again. He can make a difference in POR vs SPA Dream11 Match Prediction.
Sergio Ramos – Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders in world football and will captain the Spanish side. He has had a very decorated career with club and country, winning the World Cup for the first time in their history and two Euro Cups. He also captained Real Madrid through their glory years.
Bruno Fernandes – After an excellent time at Manchester United so far, Bruno Fernandes has replicated his form for Portugal as well. He has played a vital part in their wins over the last few games and Fernando Santos will be loving the idea of Fernandes playing in balls into Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix.
X-factors (differential picks)
Ansu Fati – The 17-year-old has had a brilliant start to the 2020/21 season with 3 goals and 1 assist in 3 games for Barcelona already. He has already played 2 games for the Spanish national team, bagging a goal and assist in their 4-0 win over Ukraine. The little boy is taking massive strides and doing it against a side like Portugal will further etch his name in the Spanish fans’ hearts.
Joao Felix – After the Spanish golden boy, Joao Felix is the Portuguese golden boy. Felix took a while to adjust to life in the Spanish capital after his big-money transfer in the summer of 2019 after only scoring 6 goals and providing 1 assist in the league all season. But he has kicked off this season well with a goal and assist in three games and will look to rewrite the previous season with this one.
Dani Olmo – Olmo made the brave decision of moving to Dinamo Zagreb from the Barcelona academy in search of game time. While the move was met with some cynicism, it ultimately paid dividends as he got a big move to RB Leipzig this year. Being the underrated youngster, he will want to continue his journey by putting his name further out there.