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NairaBet Preview: Portugal v Spain: Expect a low scoring encounter in Sochi

2:35 PM IST 14/06/18
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This encounter hasn't produced too many goals in recent times and it's likely to remain that way on the Black Sea Coast

Portugal will lock horns with Spain in a first derby clash as both countries hope to gain their pole position in the quadrennial tournament at Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht on Friday.

Fernando Santos’ men fortified their way to their Euro 2016 title and will have a go at claiming ultimate glory in Russia.

Despite their dominance during the global showpiece qualifying rounds, they’re offered at odds of (4.25) with NairaBet to pull off a surprise shock, having won just three of their seven friendlies.

La Roja - who sacked Julen Lopetegui two days to this crunch clash and replaced him with Fernando Hierro, dropped just two points in ten games to show their domineering form during the qualifiers. They notched 36 goals in these ten matches and shipped in just three goals too. Owing to the fact that they’re undefeated since their Euro 2016 exit, they’re chalked up at (2.10) as favourites.

A share of spoils at the end of 90 minutes is priced at a mouth-watering (3.30) with the same betting firm.

Spain  have been defensively solid in recent times during qualifying, they’ve only managed to keep a clean sheet in their last five games. The Navigators meanwhile shipped in three goals against the Netherlands and two against Tunisia in their recent games

So, it’ll be worth backing an outcome that opposes La Roja keeping another clean sheet here at (1.65), while a persuaded punter should back the Spanish side to keep a clean sheet at (2.15) .

Only four of the last 10 meetings between both countries has seen goal action at both ends of the pitch. Thus, it’ll be worth backing a similar result at odds of (2.10), but a convinced punter can oppose this priced at (1.75).

Considering that Isco has become a vital part of the Spain team, having netted 10 goals in his 28 international caps, the 26-year-old can be backed to strike anytime at (3.20).

A more promising bet here is to back an outcome of two or fewer goals in this outing. Hence, NairaBet quotes odds of (1.55) for the same result here.