The most fascinating match of Group B is set to be on the opening matchday of the group as Portugal will lock horns againt the former World Cup Champions Spain on Friday. The 2016 European Champions will be eyeing to stun the 2010 World Cup winners amid some bizarre circumstances for the latter.
Match Details: Portugal vs Spain
Date: 15th June
Time: 23.30 IST (21.00 Local)
Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
The Portuguese coach Fernando Santos have selected some experienced players in the squad, with Pepe and Bruno Alves in the side. Cristiano Ronaldo is their main man but the likes of Bernardo Silva and William Carvalho will have a major role to play as well. They have no injury concerns hence the Portuguese should field their strongest eleven on Friday.
Spain on the other side are in a bizarre situation as their manager Julen Lopetegui was sacked on Wednesday after the revelation that he will be the new manager of Real Madrid. They will have a same starting line up though and Odriozola will start ahead of Dani Carvajal. Also Diego Costa is expected to start in the absence of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata on Friday.
Spanish boys at training in Russia
Spanish manager Lopetegui’s sacking has somewhat caused some break to their preparation but the 2010 Champions are determined to put up a good show in this world cup as they are also one of the favorites. La Roja are expected to put away their oppositions given the talent they have, but they will need some uplifting after the recent stuffs.
Portugal on the other hand have made it through the play offs but can be really dangerous as they were in the EUROs a couple years back. They will be aiming to exploit the temblor that is afflicting the Spanish side and produce a positive result on Friday as a win will probably ensure top spot in the group for either sides.
Probable Line Up:
Spain Line Up
Betting Odds: (via betfair)
The match will be telecast live on SONY Ten and ESPN network from 23.30 IST on Friday for the Indian viewers.