Portugal are set to host Spain at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on Wednesday in an international friendly match.
Portugal come into this game on the back of a 2-0 win over Sweden last month at the Friends Arena in a UEFA Nations League game. A brace from Juventus superstar and Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to secure a win against Sweden, who had midfielder Gustav Svensson sent off in the first half.
Spain, on the other hand, thrashed Ukraine 4-0 last month at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. A brace from Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos and goals from Barcelona’s teenage sensation Ansu Fati and Manchester City’s new summer signing Ferran Torres sealed the victory for Luis Enrique’s men.
Portugal vs Spain Head-to-Head
In 36 previous encounters between the two sides, Spain hold the clear advantage. They have won 17 games, lost six and drawn 13.
Their most recent match was in 2018 in the FIFA World Cup group stage, and ended in a 3-3 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick for Portugal, but a brace from Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and a goal from Real Madrid defender Nacho ensured that they shared the spoils.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos will be unable to call upon the services of Leicester City right-back Ricardo Pereira, who is out injured. There could potentially be debut appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Daniel Podence, as well as Olympiacos centre-back Ruben Semedo.
Injured: Ricardo Pereira, Andre Gomes, Joao Mario
Meanwhile, Spain will be without Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio, who is injured. Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Juventus forward Alvaro Morata have not been called up. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon, Levante midfielder Jose Campana and Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore are all in line for their debut caps.