Both Spanish coach Luis Enrique and his Portuguese counterpart Fernando Santos will use Wednesday's friendly in Lisbon as the perfect opportunity to experience and catch a glimpse of new faces as both nations prepare for key UEFA Nations League clashes. This game, despite being a friendly, will be of high quality and both sides ranked the nations fifth and seventh respectively through FIFA.


Spain will face Switzerland on Saturday before traveling to Ukraine next Tuesday and Portugal will face a trip to Paris on Sunday, where they will face world champions France before hosting Sweden also at José Alvalade on Wednesday next week.


What time does Portugal vs Spain match start?

The UEFA friendly match between Portugal and Spain will be played at the José Alvalade Stadium (home of Sporting CP), on Wednesday 7 October 2020, starting at 20:45 CEST.


UK / Portugal: 19:45


United States (ET): 14:45


USA (PT): 11:45





Where can I watch Portugal vs Spain?

If the match is scheduled to be shown in your country, you can see here which channels and/or online platforms will show the Portugal-Spain match.


Spain: TVE 1


Portugal: RTP 1, RTP Play


USA: TUDN.com, ESPN +, TUDN app, TUDNxtra


Team news and tactics

Portugal

 Podence, in particular, could make his debut for the national team, and Cristiano Ronaldo is likely rested for the important clash against France on Sunday.


Portugal mainly likes to play 4-3-3, so we could see Joao Félix and the fit Diogo Jota, although Santos has other options, including Trincao, Rafa Silva, and Bernardo Silva.


Bruno Fernandes is a guaranteed starter in the advanced midfield role. He is slated to be supported by Joao Moutinho, with Danilo Pereira, who just landed a signing for PSG, operating as number six.


On defense, Santos might prefer a bit of young blood, with Rubén Dias, in particular, operating at the heart of the four-man baseline. Manchester City's new signing should operate alongside Rubén Semedo, who is another player who will debut in Portugal this week.


Out of bounds, Nelson Semedo and Raphael Guerreiro will likely occupy the wing positions, with Rui Patricio starting in goal, ahead of Anthony Lopes.


Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Patricio; Semedo, Dias, Semedo, Guerreiro; Pereira, Moutinho, Fernandes; Podencia, Felix, Jota


Spain

Like Fernando Santos, Luis Enrique has taken this opportunity to summon some new players, including Adama Traore, while Dani Ceballos finds himself back in the fold of Spain after his impressive performances at Arsenal.


The Real Madrid loan could even have a shot in the starting lineup, operating in the three-man midfield setup consisting of him, Fabián Ruiz, and Rodri, with Sergio Busquets set to take a breather after a grueling 1-1 draw. with Sevilla.


Similarly, Sergio Reguilón is unlikely to appear on defense due to Tottenham's streak of matches this season. It should pave the way for José Gaya to appear on the left side, with Jesús Navas operating on the opposite flank.


Sergio Ramos and Pau Torres are expected to form the central defensive combination that should provide cover for goalkeeper David de Gea, who needs a confidence-boosting performance following Manchester United's disastrous 6-1 loss to Tottenham last weekend.


Finally, in the attack, we expect Adama Traore to make his debut in Spain, despite being called up for the Mali national team. He and Ansu Fati should occupy the widest attacking positions, with Rodrigo Moreno leading the Spanish attack.


Probable line-up (4-3-3): de Gea; Navas, Ramos, Torres, Gaya; Rodri, Ceballos, Ruiz; Traore, Rodrigo, Fati

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