World Cup: Spain vs. Portugal
Spain is the favorite in their tough round of 16 match up with 2006 World Cup semifinalist Portugal, but even though their offense is a great one they will have a tough time scoring on a Portugal squad that has yet to concede a goal in South Africa.
Spain vs. Portugal – Current Match Odds
Bovada has Spain at -105 with Portugal at +305 with a draw at +210 and a goal total of 2.5.
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After shockingly losing to Switzerland in their first group match Spain came back and won their last two matches to win Group H. Portugal played to two 0-0 draws in their three group matches, including against Brazil, but because they crushed North Korea 7-0, they came in second in the Group of Death.
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In their last group matches Spain beat Chile 2-1 and Portugal played to a 0-0 draw against Brazil.
Spain’s offense has not really clicked yet and in their win against Chile they only scored two goals when Chile was only playing 10 men and they wasted several golden opportunities to score. With Portugal’s solid defense Spain has to take advantage of scoring chances they get.
Spain will be without Xavi Alonso and defender Raul Albiol in this match.
Fernando Torres has not looked like one of the best young strikers in the world in the World Cup, but luckily fellow striker David Villa has stepped up his play and been fantastic pressuring opposing defenses. Torres will have to come back in this match and provide Spain with some offense.
The Spanish midfielders of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta will have to control the ball in the midfield and set up their strikers. They will also have to defend the counter-attack, which Portugal is very good at.
Cristiano Ronaldo gets all he press for Portugal with good reason, but their strength is still their defense anchored by Bruno Alves and Ricardo Carvalho. Spain will attack all match and these guys have to play solid defense and spurn the counter-attack.
Portugal MF Deco is a playmaker and he should be back for this match. He will be key in this match, as he has to make sure that Spain does not dominate the time of possession.
Portugal G Eduardo has not been tested that much so far in the World Cup, but he will be in this match and will have to play well for Portugal to advance.
This is a sweet match up and even though Portugal has not allowed a goal that will change in this match, as Spain has too much offense and Torres will get back on track helping his squad book a spot in the quarterfinals.
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Paraguay vs. Japan
It is a little surprising that both of these teams advanced to the round of 16, but each looked solid in their group, especially Paraguay, who won their group that included 2006 champion Italy.
Bovada has Paraguay as the favorite in this match posted at +110 with Japan at +245 with a draw at +210 and a goal total of 2.5.
Japan is not a high scoring team and they will have to win with their defense and look to score on the counter attack. Paraguay has a squad littered with solid strikers, but they only scored three goals in their three group matches including playing to a scoreless draw against New Zealand in their last match. They will have to get back on track against Japan, who is a squad that lacks a ton of talent, but plays great as a team. For match up reports on this game, as well as others YOU CAN FIND MATCHUP TRENDS AND STATS.