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Portugal vs Spain Preview

This is the first match of the tournament to feature one of the heavyweights, Spain. It also features a certain Christian Ronaldo and because the two teams are neighbours, you would expect a spicy affair. The reality is, that it will be cagey with neither side giving up any space. Spain are obviously in slight disarray after sacking their manager two days before the start of this year's World Cup but I fully expect the players to step up and take responsibility for their own performances. Were Christian Ronaldo five years younger this would be harder to call, but despite coming off a Champions League triumph he is not the force he once was. I expect Spain to put in a professional display and take a narrow win after a piece of magic from one of their midfield wizards, Silva, Iniesta or Isco.

Final score prediction:  0-1

Odds   Portugal 29/10   Draw 11/5   Spain    21/20

Best bet  Pepe to receive a card 15/8

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