Spain make the short trip to the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Wednesday evening to face neighbours Portugal in a friendly.
Luis Enrique’s men enjoyed a 4-0 win over Ukraine and a 1-1 drew in Germany in the UEFA Nations League last month, while Portugal recorded victories over Sweden and Croatia.
The win against the Croatians was particularly impressive and it extended Fernando Santos’ side’s unbeaten home record in competitive fixtures to six years.
The last two meetings between these two sides have been at major tournaments, with a 3-3 group stage draw at the World Cup in 2018 being preceded by a 0-0 semi-final encounter during Euro 2012.
bet365 cannot split the sides, with both offered at 8/5 (2.60) and the draw at 12/5 (3.40).
The hosts have no major injury concerns and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes are all included, whilst there are recalls for Rafa Silva, Daniel Podence, Ruben Semedo and William Carvalho.
Spain have left out Thiago Alcantara, who is quarantining after a positive Coronavirus test, and Dani Carvajal has dropped out of the squad with a knee injury.
Much excitement has been generated in Portugal after their two victories last month and against their neighbours, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. will be keen to show that they are real contenders to defend their European crown next year.
The Euro 2016 winners have serious strength in depth up front and the six goals they netted last month were scored by five different players, so there could be some interest in backing Portugal to get among the goals once more, especially given that Spain are not as solid as they once were.
Indeed, there are serious question marks over David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga while an heir to Gerard Pique in the heart of defence is still to be found, meaning Sergio Ramos remains without a consistent partner.
La Roja have regularly struggled for solidity against the top sides they have faced in recent years, and since 2018, they have conceded three times against each of Portugal, England and Croatia.
The hosts are offered at 5/4 (2.25) to score over 1.5 goals and this looks like an strong option given how strong Portugal have been in front of goal.
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