Portugal-Spain Iberian Peninsula World Cup Betting

Betting Odds and game preview Portugal vs. Spain

Portugal and Spain, who occupy most of the Iberian Peninsula, will add, in the form of a World Cup betting matchup, a new chapter in the storied history of their relations with one another, which commenced when King Alfonso VII of León and Castile recognized Afonso Henriques as King of Portugal on July 25th 1139, following the Battle of Ourique (which was, by the way, what fans betting on the World Cup would call an upset). Spain and Portugal are the two most recent European champions, and the former eliminated the latter in the round of 16 on the way to winning their first World Cup in 2010.

  • 15 June 2018 21:00 MSK (UTC+3)

    Portugal vs. Spain

  • Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Portugal will, to the surprise of absolutely no one, live and die by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is actually going through a rough patch in the Spanish Liga. “You can only win the European championship and the World Cup by playing well. The concept of what is pretty or not is something else,” coach Fernando Santo said earlier this year. Portugal started their road to Russia with a 2-0 loss in Switzerland, but then went on a nine-game winning run to finish on top of their group on goal difference, turning the tables on the Neutral Ones by the same score in their last game. Ronaldo scored 15 of their goals on the way to his fourth World Cup which, at the ripe old age of 33, is, for all intents and purposes, his final chance to win the big one.

Even with the likes of Ricardo Quaresma, Bernardo Silva, Nani, Joao Moutinho, and Goncalo Guedes on the roster, Portugal’s World Cup betting odds are as good as their most capped player their record scorer with 79 goals, and Ronaldo is well aware of that, throwing a hissy fit every time he doesn’t get the ball in a free kick, penalty, and play, but, as they say, it isn’t bragging if you can back it up, and he backs it up with two European championship finals, one semi-final, one quarter-final and a World Cup semi-final.

Meanwhile, head coach Julian Lopetegui’s youth movement has been a shot in the arm of the Spanish national team, which is undefeated in 16 games under the former Real Madrid, Logroñés, Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano goalie. David de Gea, Koke, Isco, Thiago Alcantara and Alvaro Morata are among the new faces who have come to join the more established Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Silva (Spain’s fourth highest goal-scorer ever with 11 in 15 matches), Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

“I believe that the best thing a coach has to do is optimize and make the most of the virtues of his players” Lopetegui said. “I think that the best quality of Spanish players is their passing ability and individual technique. Logically, we have to take advantage of that.” The manager added that “Spain can’t play catenaccio [the Italian “door-bolt” defensive system] because that wouldn’t make the most of the quality of our players.” Instead, the Spaniards has gone back to the “tiki-taka” short-passing style that made them World Cup betting behemoths in 2010.

Group of 77 World Cup Betting: Egypt versus Uruguay

Egypt versus Uruguay 2018 World Cup betting Analysis

Egypt in Uruguay are fellow members of the United Nations coalition of developing nations known as the Group of 77 but will be, as far as World Cup betting goes, foes. The Egyptians have qualified for the tournament for the first time since 1990, which Reuters likens with Sir Galahad finding the Holy Grail. Egypt reached the African playoffs for the previous World Cup but a 6-1 humiliation in Ghana not only took them down a peg but also foretold further misfortune when Egypt was paired up with the Ghanaians again in qualifying for the 2018 finals, though such fears on the part of people betting on the World Cup proved to be unfounded.

  • 15 June 2018 17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)
  • Egypt vs. Uruguay
  • Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Retired Egyptian footballer Mohamed ‘El Magico’ Aboutrika, one of the greatest African footballers of all time, expects his home country’s national team to vie for second place with the other three teams that are not Uruguay. “The draw is good for Egypt and also for Saudi Arabia. The order of Egypt’s games by facing Uruguay then Russia then Saudi Arabia is also good,” Aboutrika said. “This group calls us to think about advancing to the next round in the World Cup. I see that the first spot in the group is reserved for Uruguay with Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia battling out for the second place.”

“We have a strong motive when we face Saudi Arabia because of the renowned game in the 1999 Confederations Cup and Egypt’s 5-0 defeat. God willing Egypt is capable of qualifying from this group.” Group A World Cup betting faves Uruguay appeared in the World Cup on 12 occasions between 1930 and 2014 and won it in 1930 and 1950 in what became known as the Maracanaço. They have reached the semi-finals five times. Additionally, the Uruguayans have won the Copa America 15 times, most recently in 2011, thus becoming the South American which has won it the most times. The once and future head coach Oscar Washington Tabarez is a legend who coached the national team in Italy 1990, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The attack-oriented coach is well known for his clever tactics and fatherly approach to his players.  Uruguay qualified for the 2018 World Cup in second place in its group after defeating Bolivia in the final game, 4-2 on October 11, 2017.

Egypt once met Uruguay in a friendly match in 2006 in Alexandria which resulted in a 2-0 Uruguay win.  Uruguay’s lethal attacking line includes Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani. The team captain is Diego Godin of Atlético Madrid. Not to be outdone, Egypt manager Héctor Cúper says that Real Madrid has set its sights on forward Mohamed Salah, who currently plays for Liverpool FC. “I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah, but we won’t accelerate these developments,” Cúper said. “For me, he finds himself in an incredible situation at the moment.” Salah, who looks uncannily like Jinder Mahal, has played for Chelsea, Basel, Fiorentina and Roma, and made 22 appearances for Liverpool this season, with 17 goals and five assists. Other English-based players on Egypt’s roster include Ahmed Elmohamady of Aston Villa, Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal, Ahmed Hegazy from West Bromwich Albion and the promising Ramadan Sobhi of Stoke City. It has yet to be seen whether they can defy the World Cup betting odds against Uruguay.