Portugal vs Croatia Prediction and Betting Tips, 05 Aug 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 4-1
Portugal vs Croatia PredictionBrace yourselves for some nerve-cracking footballing action when UEFA Nations League holders Portugal tackle Croatia at Estadio do Dragao on Saturday evening in the opening round of fixtures of this term’s tournament.
Match status: 2020 UEFA Nations League
Kick-off:
Venue: Estádio do Dragão (Porto)
As the Croatians touch down in the city of Porto, the locals will be buzzing ahead of a potentially heated clash against the 2018 World Cup finalists. One of the biggest games of the weekend, expect a large swell of supporters clamoring to see their side in action.

Portugal famously defeated the Netherlands in the 2018/19 Nations League final to clinch the title, writing their name in the history books as the first side to lift the trophy. With another run-out in the competition this year, expect a strong showing from A Selecao.

Surely, the Portuguese will be looking to defend the title, starting with victory over Croatia. Victory against the Blazers will be golden, as it would put them on a pedestal to stroll to the top of the standings.

Portugal vs Croatia Team News

Portugal have been the surprise packages in Europe over the past couple of years, springing some really impressive performances and great results to go with. Headed into the EURO 2016 finals as huge underdogs, A Selecao upset the odds to clinch the title.

Scheduled to take on France in the final, the Navigators must have been scared shitless at the prospect of taking on such heavyweights. However, the Cristiano Ronaldo-led side got lucky deep into extra-time, striker Eder firing the ball into the bottom corner to bring success to his home country.

Even with those exploits, they still weren’t regarded as contenders for the inaugural Nations League. The public still could not place this Portuguese side in the same league as the likes of France, Germany, Belgium and England.

Turning themselves into a real nuisance, A Selecao sent shockwaves around the footballing world as they claimed their second trophy in three years. With the second edition of the Nations League already up and running, the Navigators will be gunning for another success story.

Drawn in Group A3 alongside Croatia, Sweden and France; it goes without saying this is the toughest group there is. The race for top-spot here is likely to go right down to the wire and Portugal will have their work cut-out in a bid to replicate last term’s blistering journey.

Although far from convincingly, Portugal qualified for the EURO 2020 finals courtesy of a second-place finish in Group B, trailing Ukraine by three points. Now tasked with the chore of tackling an in-form Croatia side this weekend, Santos’ men will have to be at their best.

Dalic’s men toppled Group E of the qualifiers to advance to the European Championship finals. Picking up 17 points from their eight games, Croatia are unbeaten in each of their previous six competitive games on the bounce.

With these stats in mind, there is no doubting Vatreni’s supreme quality. With everyone hitting top-gear on Saturday evening, the Croatians have every chance of walking away having bagged all three points.

Injured or Suspended Players

Portugal: No injuries or suspensions.

Croatia: No injuries or suspensions.

Pre-Match Odds

Portugal: 1.9
Draw: 3.54
Croatia: 4.2

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.


Who will win the match?

Portugal vs Croatia Predictions

This is expected to be a very close game between two spirited sides. It can be argued that home advantage gives Portugal a slight edge here. However, the visitors are a strong side capable of giving A Selecao a run for their money. Count on both teams to get on the scoresheet.
Our Betting Tip:
X2 @ 1.87
Correct Score:
Portugal 1-2 Croatia @ 13.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 1.96
Match Winner:
Croatia Win @ 3.94
Double Chance:
X2 @ 1.87
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 2.19
Team Goals:
Away Over 1.5 @ 3.68
Goalscorer:
Andre Silva to Score @ 2.50
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