Our prediction for this Nations League match:
The ground at Estadio Benito Villamarin will shake when Spain and Portugal square off against each other in the UEFA Nations League derby. La Furia Roja aim to build on back-to-back wins over Albania and Iceland, with the team eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions. Aymeric Laporte has been left out with injury, while Thiago Alcantara is a major doubt after taking part in the Champions League final at the weekend. Barcelona rising star Ansu Fati is back to the squad after missing the Iceland friendly through injury.
The Selecao, on the other hand, qualified for the 2022 World Cup finals thanks to a routine 2-0 win over North Macedonia in the playoffs final. Fernando Santos’ troops aim to kick off their Nations League campaign as well, but beating Spain in Seville is easier said than done. Taking everything into, there is a big value in betting on draw. Fernando Santos can count on key players for Thursday’s showdown, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Bernardo Silva.
Highlighted Player (David de Gea):
David De Gea Quintana, born on 7th of November 1990 in Madrid is a Spanish football player which is currently playing for Manchester United. De Gea’s length is 192cm and is the goalkeeper for the national team of Spain as well.
De Gea started his career at Atletico Madrid B and after playing for Atletico Madrid for 2 seasons he got transferred to Manchester United for 20 million euro. David de Gea made his debut for the national team in June 2014.David de Gea won the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup with Atletico Madrid in 2009/2010 and the Premier League with Manchester United in 2012/2013.
At the moment David de Gea can be considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and is involved many transfer rumours every transfer period. David de Gea played for more than 300 games on the highest level already.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires.
Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.