Tuesday night’s UEFA Nations League action provides us with an Iberian derby at the top of Group A2. Leaders Portugal could book their place in the final four with a draw at home to rivals Spain as they look to recapture a title they won back in 2019, the first edition of the tournament.
Fernando Santos’ side are not always the easiest on the eye but have proven themselves as being able to deal with the demands of tournament football and are spearheaded by a fearsome attack including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.
Despite so much promise from Spain’s new generation, Luis Enrique’s side remain a work in progress. La Roja slipped to a defeat at home to Switzerland last time out and ceded their status as group leaders, meaning anything other than a win in Braga will see them finish second. Follow all of the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s match blog!
Chelsea set to benefit as Spain make decision on Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta has been dropped from Spain’s matchday squad for tonight’s Nations League decider with Portugal.
Luis Enrique decided to leave the Chelsea defender out of his 23-man selection after he played 87 minutes of the defeat to Switzerland last week, which knocked La Roja off top spot of Group A2.
Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is set to take Azpilicueta’s place while Barcelona’s Eric Garcia has also been left out.
Prediction: 1-1 draw
Spain were not entirely convincing in their international matches at the end of last season and have now followed that up with a tame defeat to Switzerland. They need all three points in Portugal, so will likely have to chase the game at some point.
It’s so often incredibly tight when these countries face each other – it would be a surprise if that was not the case again this time.
Spain team news: Carvajal to replace Azpilicueta
Luis Enrique is expected to make changes, with Dani Carvajal likely to come in at right-back in place of Cesar Azpilicueta.
Diego Llorente, Rodri and Alvaro Morata are among those who did not feature against Switzerland and will be pushing for a start against Portugal.
Portugal team news
Joao Cancelo missed the win over Czech Republic due to suspension but is expected to come straight back into the side, even though his replacement Diogo Dalot scored twice in that match.
Cristiano Ronaldo was left covered with blood after taking a blow to the nose, though did not suffer any serious injury and played the full 90 minutes.
Where to watch Portugal vs Spain
TV channel: The game will be broadcast live on BoxNation, as part of the Premier Sports package. Coverage begins at 7:35pm BST.
LIVE stream: Those with a Premier Sports subscription can also watch the action unfold online via the Premier Player.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Portugal’s Nations League clash with Spain.
Kick-off inside the Estádio Municipal de Braga to decide Group A2 is at 7.45pm BST.