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Spain meet Portugal in the first round of group stage games at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  Bet on it!One of the top Group Stage matches of the 2018 World Cup will surely be the contest between Spain and Portugal, which is set to take place on Friday, June 15th.

There is the obvious geographical rivalry between the two sides, though there is also the fact that both are legitimate threats to win the World Cup, which means that it will be a match between two very good teams. While Spain is seen as having the better chance of going far in the World Cup, Portugal has Cristiano Ronaldo on their side, which means that they can never be counted out.

Portugal and Spain are participating in Group B, which also includes Morocco and Iran. Both Portugal and Spain are expected to easily make it through to the next stage, though neither team wants to start off with a loss, which makes that the pressure will be ratcheted up when they play Morocco and Iran. A win for either Portugal or Spain would essentially guarantee them a first place finish in the group, which would lead to a more favourable match-up in the next round.

Spain qualified for the World Cup after winning UEFA Group G, while Portugal won UEFA Group B to qualify. This will be Spain's 15th time in the World Cup, while Portugal will be making its 7th appearance. Spain won the World Cup back in 2010, while Portugal's best finish was a third place result in 1966.

It should be mentioned, however, that Portugal is the defending Euro champion.

Spain, which has a deep reserve of talent on their team, is the favourite to win this contest. Let's take a look at the odds, courtesy of Bet365:

Source: Bet365
Time Stamp: June 11th, 2018 5:32 pm EST
Odds Subject to Change

Spain, 1.9
Draw, 3.4
Portugal, 4.75

Draw No Bet

Spain, 1.36
Portugal, 3.0

Correct Score

Spain 1-0, 5.5
Draw 1-1, 6.0
Draw 0-0, 7.0
Spain 2-0, 8.0
Spain 2-1, 9.0

Anytime Goalscorer (Top Five)

Diego Costa, 2.62
Rodrigo, 2.87
Cristiano Ronaldo, 2.87
Iago Aspas, 2.87
Isco, 3.25

Spain play Portugal at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi in the opening round of games of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.  Bet on the match!

Spain has a very well-balanced club that is built to go far in the tournament, while Portugal's hopes rest almost solely on Cristiano Ronaldo.

As of this moment, Spain is listed at 7/1 to win the tournament, while Portugal is further down the list at 26/1.

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