Spain Is Slight Favourite To Win in Opening Round Clash

Published on May 15th, 2018 10:33 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel



World Cup Russia - Group game preview - Portugal vs. Spain - 2018 - Bet on it! One of the crown jewels of 2018 World Cup Group Stage play will be the match between Portugal and Spain, which takes place on Friday, June 15th.

Aside from the obvious closeness in proximity between the two countries which creates a natural rivalry, Portugal vs Spain is a battle between two very good football clubs that features some of the very best players in the world.

Spain has the third best odds to win the World Cup at 13/2, while Portugal is listed at 25/1. Portugal also had long odds to win the 2016 Euro tournament, though they managed to win that tournament with a strong combination of defensive play and the boot of Cristiano Ronaldo. With Ronaldo on your team, you have a chance in any game that you play.

Let's take a look at the odds for this contest, courtesy of a major European online bookmaker:

Spain, 17/20
Draw, 23/10
Portugal, 18/5

As you can see, Spain is favoured to win, though there is a very good chance of a draw as well.

The anytime goalscorer odds show the level of talent that will be involved in this match:

Diego Costa, 8/5
Rodrigo, 24/13
Iago Aspas, 2/1
Cristiano Ronaldo, 28/13
Isco, 40/17
David Silva, 13/5
Marco Asensio, 13/5
Andre Silva, 16/5

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The World Cup's Group Stage is giving us some games that could easily be missed, though it is also serving up some gems such as Spain vs Portugal.

This should be a fantastic match that could go anybody's way - you have to think that the stakes are quite a bit higher for the Spanish side, however, as they are one of the favourites to win the tournament.

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