Spain vs Portugal predictions and match preview for Friday’s Euro 2020 warm-up game. Read on for the head-to-head and analysis as the two Iberian neighbours face off again.
- DATE: Friday 4th June 2021
- KICK-OFF: 19:30 (local time)
- STADIUM: Wanda Metropolitano
- COMPETITION: International Friendly
Spain vs Portugal Preview
Spain properly commence their Euro 2020 preparations this Friday with a friendly against Portugal at the Wanda Metropolitano. There will be a sizable crowd present in Madrid and that in itself is another step forward in the return to normality for Spanish football. With the Euros just a week away, Luis Enrique will be hoping for a positive display from his team.
It has been a rocky few years for La Roja with memories of those glory years when Spain won three straight tournaments becoming increasingly distant ones. The squad that Luis Enrique has picked for the championships is arguably the weakest Spain have taken to a major tournament since but it is one that has a clear eye towards the future with a number of younger players hoping to make their mark.
Spain still have plenty of depth and of all the likely contenders for the title this summer, their starting eleven is arguably the toughest to call. With Sergio Ramos missing out through injury and the likes of Jesus Navas mysteriously not selected, there is real competition for places across the defence.
Navas’ absence may point towards Luis Enrique adopting a 3-5-2 approach which has proven popular at times in LaLiga this term. There could also be a debut for Roberto Sanchez in goal in this match while the likes of Gerard Moreno, Ferran Torres and Mikel Oyarzabal are pushing for starts further up the pitch.
Spain squad for #Euro2020:
GKs: Simón, De Gea, R. Sánchez
Defenders: Gaya, Alba, Torres, Laporte, E. García, D. Llorente, Azpilicueta
Midfielders: M. Llorente, Busquets, Rodri, Pedri, Thiago, Koke, Fabián, Sarabia
Forwards: Olmo, Oyarzabal, Morata, G. Moreno, Ferran, Adama
— LaLiga Expert (@LigaExpert) May 24, 2021
Since hammering Germany 6-0 in the Nations League in November, it hasn’t been quite so impressive from La Roja. The March internationals felt like a step backwards if anything with a home draw against Greece followed by an unconvincing late win in Georgia and a 3-1 home victory over Kosovo. A better showing here will be important if they are going to head into the Euros with a real sense of belief.
Portugal are of course the defending European champions. On paper, they go into this tournament with a much stronger squad than the one that triumphed in France five summers ago. The likes of Ruben Dias, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix have since emerged with the latter in contention to start in what is his own stadium on Friday night, despite a slightly disappointing season on a personal level with Atleti.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also still there and as central to Portugal’s plans as ever. The Portuguese have a much tougher Euro 2020 group than Spain, so won’t have the luxury of being able to ease themselves into the tournament with their group stage opponents including France and Germany. Fernando Santos, who was at the helm at Euro 2016, remains in charge and his side have had a reasonably strong year, losing just 1 of their 11 matches in 2020/21.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) May 20, 2021
Head to Head
- Last 6 Meetings (90 minutes): 1 Spain Win, 2 Portugal Wins, 3 Draws.
- The sides met earlier this season, drawing 0-0 in a friendly in October 2020.
- That was the third straight draw inside 90 minutes.
- The others were the 3-3 draw at the 2018 World Cup and a 0-0 draw at Euro 2012 in the Semi-Finals with Spain winning that match on penalties.
Spain vs Portugal Predictions
Score Prediction: Spain 1-1 Portugal
This is a tough one to call. Portugal have more in the way of obvious world class performers but Spain have perhaps more depth to their squad which could prove significant on a night when there’ll be plenty of subs coming on and when both coaches may take the opportunity to experiment a touch. We may see this one end up all square as both teams start to finalise their plans for the big tournament action to come.