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LAST year’s UEFA Nations League runners up Spain open up their campaign with a tough encounter against neighbours Portugal.
French dynamic duo Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe broke Spanish hearts when La Furia Roja lost to Les Bleus in the 2021 final.
Spain lost the 2021 final to France despite going a goal aheadCredit: Getty
Portugal won the first ever UEFA Nations League trophy back in 2019Credit: Getty
And Spain just missed out on the Euro final that same year having been unlucky to lose to Italy on penalties.
However, Luis Enrique’s side will be eager to put all of that behind them with a crucial opening victory against Portugal in Group B.
But the Portuguese know a thing or two about this competition as they were the first victors of the UEFA Nations League back in 2019.
What time does Spain vs Portugal kick off?
- Spain will host Portugal on Thursday, June 2.
- It is scheduled to kick off at 7:45pm UK time – 8:45pm locally.
- Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, Spain will be the chosen venue for this eye catching match.
- There was nothing to separate the European giants when they contested in an international friendly last year.
Is Spain vs Portugal on TV and can I live stream it?
- The UEFA Nations League encounter between Spain and Portugal will be broadcasted live in the UK on Premier Sports 2.
- Coverage will commence from 7pm UK time – 45 minutes from kick-off.
- Subscription members can stream the game live via the Premier Player app where the membership prices start from £9.99 a month.
David de Gea will play not part in this match after failing to even make Spain’s squad.
Athletic Club’s Unai Simon is likely to continue between the sticks for La Roja.
However, former France international Aymeric Laporte and Barcelona starlet Pedri are both out injured.
Ruben Dias misses out for Portugal as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Diogo Jota is likely to play a week after the Champions League final while world record international goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo is almost certain to start.
Spain squad for Nations League matches:
Goalkeepers: Unai Simón, Robert Sanchez, David Raya
Defenders: Inigo Martinez, Pau Torres, Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba, Eric García, Aymeric Laporte, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Rodri, Thiago, Carlos Soler
Forwards: Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Raul de Tomas, Dani Olmo, Pablo Sarabia, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres
Portugal squad for Nations League matches:
Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, Rui Patricio, Jose Sa
Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Nuno Mendes, Raphael Guerreiro, David Carmo, Domingos Duarte, Danilo Pereira
Midfielders: Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Moutinho, Joao Palhinha, William Carvalho, Bernardo Silva, Matheus Nunes, Vitinha
Forwards: Andre Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Otavio Monteiro, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Horta, Rafael Leao
- Spain to win 21/20
- Draw 23/10
- Portugal to win 11/4
*Odds courtesy of Betfair correct as of Thursday, June 2