World Cup 2018, Spain vs Portugal: What time is kick-off tomorrow, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

What is it?

Arguably the most hotly-anticipated World Cup group game — the clash between Spain and Portugal, in what could be an early decider.

When is it?

Friday June 15.

What time is kick-off?

7pm UK time.

Where is it being played?

This match is at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, the first to be held there at the 2018 World Cup.

What TV channel is it on?

The game will be broadcast on BBC with coverage of the game starting at 6.20pm. Alternatively, you can follow the match here with Telegraph Sport.

What are the squads?

Spain

23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez.

Portugal

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio.

Defenders: Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias.

Midfielders: Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva.

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma.

Latest Spain news

Spain’s decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup has harmed their chances of success, according to a leading psychologist.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) removed Lopetegui on Wednesday, two days before their opening Group B game against Portugal, and appointed director of football Fernando Hierro to take charge instead.

RFEF president Luis Rubiales said the governing body had no choice, after being informed of Lopetegui’s decision to become Real Madrid boss after the tournament only five minutes before that move was announced.

Real said on Tuesday that Lopetegui, unbeaten in 20 games in charge of the national team, would take up his new position after the World Cup finals.

«I cannot believe why Spain have done that,» Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology at Manchester University, told Press Association Sport. «I cannot understand it.

«(Hierro) stepping in to coach the players gives them some continuity. They’re not bringing in a brand new coach at the last minute.

«But this will have a negative impact. I can’t imagine it being positive. Why take this risk when they play on June 15?

«Spain may have damaged themselves over some bureaucratic issue. They should have thought through how the players will react.»

Latest Portugal news

Portugal is coming into this tournament off the back of their Euro 2016 win and should be feeling good about their team’s chances.

Their first pre-season game started well with an experimental starting 11 holding a strong Belgium outfit to a scoreless draw. The team was without captain Ronaldo yet still looked promising in attack, racking up 13 shots on goal despite not managing to get the ball past Chelsea keeper Courtois.

Portugal’s second outing saw the team return to their Euro 2016 form in a dominating 3-0 victory against Algeria. With Rolando back in the line-up, manager Fernando Santos has a strong squad to choose from for the teams opening game against Spain.

What are the betting odds?

  • Spain 10/11
  • Portugal 16/5
  • Draw 11/5

What is our prediction

Portugal 2 Spain 2

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