Each day our exclusive MATCH OF THE DAQ service previews the big match of the day – usually a televised game.

As well as the preview we also bring you the head to head records of the two teams as well as a recommended bet on BETDAQ for the match.

Portugal v Spain
European Championship
K.O 19.45, BBC 1


(Max last 10 only)
17 Nov 2010 Friendly Portugal 4 Spain 0
29 Jun 2010 World Cup Spain 1 Portugal 0
20 Jun 2004 European Championship Spain 0 Portugal 1
06 Sep 2003 Friendly Portugal 0 Spain 3
13 Feb 2002 Friendly Spain 1 Portugal 1
19 Jan 1994 Friendly Spain 2 Portugal 2
15 Jan 1992 Friendly Portugal 0 Spain 0
16 Jan 1991 Friendly Spain 1 Portugal 1
17 Jun 1984 European Championship Portugal 1 Spain 1
20 Jun 1981 Friendly Portugal 2 Spain 0

If we only took the 4-0 thrashing Spain suffered the last time these two teams met, their worst loss since losing to Scotland 6-2 in 1963, then Portugal would surely be favourites for this eagerly anticipated semi-final. And although it was ‘just a friendly’ there is rarely any love lost between the Iberian neighbours and Spain had 10 players who started the World Cup final in opposition that November night, plus the brilliant David Silva.

Silva has probably been Spain’s best performer this tournament but even he is lagging behind Portugal’s own superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. Largely anonymous in Portugal’s Group B opener against the Germans he was then ridiculed in the press for missing a number of simple chances versus Denmark. However, he has burst into life in the last two games, securing successive man-of-the-match awards and scoring three goals to lift his country ever closer to securing their first major footballing title.

With Helder Postiga ruled out through injury, Paulo Bento will be unable to name the same side for a fifth match in a row. Reports that Spain feel ‘drained’ may mean coach Vicente Del Bosque will seek to freshen things up by starting Fernando Torres and Pedro.

Spain lead the head-to-head by 16 wins to six but they have only beaten their rivals twice in 54 years, while Portugal have lost four of their five previous semi-finals of major tournaments. Something has to give and an inspired Ronaldo could prove the difference. Spain have been nowhere near their brilliant best this month and France put up little resistance in their quarter-final, whereas the Portuguese have looked electric recently and appeal to cause a minor upset.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)

Back Portugal at around 4.7 on BETDAQ: 5 points

Tuesday: -4.00 points

JUNE RETURN TO DATE: +54.26 points

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