Local bragging rights are up for grabs and neither coach will select fully second-string sides here, but with both playing a pair of Nations League matches over the next week, we wouldn’t expect the strongest possible teams.
That’s especially the case for Portugal, who face a trip to World Cup winners France next, though with both sides in League A it’s not as though Spain can take victories in their upcoming fixtures for granted.
There will still be plenty of talent on display regardless. A coronavirus outbreak in Napoli has forced left-back Mario Rui away from the squad, but Portugal boss Fernando Santos has recalled the likes of William Carvalho, Ruben Semedo, Rafa Silva and Daniel Podence, with the latter still awaiting his first international cap.
For the hosts, the likes of Pepe, Joao Moutinho, Joao Felix and Diogo Jota could feature, while there’ll be immense quality on the bench.
Spain haven’t lacked depth at any time in their recent history and it would be no surprise to see major players like David De Gea, Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets handed starts.
There could also be room for new Man City signing Ferran Torres and Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati, while Wolves’ Adama Traore will hope to make his debut for Spain.
However, there’s no room for injured full-backs Jordi Alba and Dani Carvajal, though the former had been overlooked prior to picking up an injury against Sevilla at the weekend in any case.
Portugal And Spain To Draw
Each side will arrive at this fixture in confident mood. Luis Enrique’s men have won 10 of 13 unbeaten matches since back-to-back defeats against England and Croatia in the inaugural Nations League, while Portugal have lost just once in 18 since their World Cup exit to Uruguay in 2018.
Fernando Santos’ side have won nine of 10 since June 2019, making a solid start to the defence of their Nations League crown last month with victories over tricky customers Croatia and Sweden.
On home turf alone, Portugal have now won 11 of 17 unbeaten matches, but by the same token Spain have lost just once in 25 away games.
Portugal And Spain To Draw 1-1
These two-look set to cancel each other out then, with their last meeting a 3-3 draw in the 2018 World Cup group stages.
That was a particularly high-scoring affair, but La Roja have seen both teams score in 11 of their past 12 on the road, as the exception came as they kept a clean sheet against minnows Malta.
They drew half of these games as five of them finished 1-1, and that’s been the outcome in each of their last three on their travels now.