World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, plus more


GROUP B

It’s the fourth game of the 2018 finals and we’ve got all the latest news ahead of the match in Sochi

World Cup 2018 is under way and the games now come thick and fast and it’s now time for the first blockbuster clash as Portugal play Spain in Group B.

Both sides are favourites to progress to the knockout stages having been drawn with Morocco and Iran, but the two teams will want to register a win to start the tournament. 

Portugal players celebrate scoring in a pre-World Cup 2018 friendly against Algeria

Portugal players celebrate scoring in a pre-World Cup 2018 friendly against Algeria

Meanwhile Spain will be hoping their manager swap, which saw Fernando Hierro replace Julen Lopetegui at late notice after the latter signed a deal to become the Real Madrid boss, doesn’t hurt them too much.

The tie is being played at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, with the match kicking off at 7pm and you can hear it live on talkSPORT.

What the managers and players are saying

Joao Moutinho (Portugal)

“Portugal is among the candidates to take this cup home. It is normal to have other favourites given all they have achieved. We are European champions but that doesn’t give us the right to be favourites.

“We have a young and focussed team and an ambitious team that is aiming high.”

Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho talks ahead of their World Cup 2018 match with Spain.

Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho talks ahead of their World Cup 2018 match with Spain.

Fernando Hierro (Spain): 

“Our goal is to fight for the World Cup trophy and that is what I have told them [the players]. It [the coach replacement] will not serve as an excuse.

“I told the players that we have an exciting challenge ahead of us and we cannot think of anything that will keep us from [achieving] our dream.”

Predicted XIs

Portugal: Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerreiro, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Cedric; Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, William, Bernardo Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes

Spain: David De Gea; Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Nacho; Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara; Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa

Spain legend Fernando Hierro is presented as the head coach to replace Julen Lopetegui.

Spain legend Fernando Hierro is presented as the head coach to replace Julen Lopetegui.

Where can I stream Portugal v Spain?

The fourth game of World Cup 2018 in Russia will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 7pm.

You can listen live by clicking this link – Portugal v Spain.


talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.



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