On September 5, in the second central match of the first round in UEFA Nations League Group A3, Portugal will face Croatia. The winners of the Nations League 2018-19 and the finalists of the World Championship 2018 – who will earn the first three points?
According to the available information, we know that in the upcoming match we will not see Joao Mario (Inter, Italy), Cedric Soares (Arsenal, England), Carvalho (Real Betis, Spain). However, Cristiano Ronaldo, the pain in the neck for any opponent, was called up for the game.
In general, Portugal’s squad is motivated and ready to fight.
The last time Fernando Santos’ men were in the field on November 17, 2019. Then, Portugal managed to win the match against Luxembourg (2-0), qualifying for EURO 2020. Obviously, Croatia is not Luxembourg, so, the resistance is going to be more tangible.
Just recently it became known that in the match against Portugal, Croatia will be without Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Nikola Kalinic, and Marko Pjaca, which is a noticeable loss for the national team. However, we will see Pasalic, Perisic, Kovacic, and Rebic. Let’s hope the selected players’ skills will be enough to oppose Portugal.
In their last official match on November 19, 2019, Croatia won a friendly against Georgia (2-1).
Statistics of head-to-head meetings are not in favour of Croatia. The national teams played 5 games, 4 of which were won by Portugal. Only once, in 2018 Croatia managed to win a friendly match.
What to bet on?
Bookies give odds of 4.18 on Croatia’s victory. The draw seems more likely, but the odds are still high (3.54).
Taking into account the long break caused by coronavirus, it is hard to predict the outcome. It is one thing to succeed inside the club, and quite the different thing to perform for the national team.
Traditionally, we wish football victories to the opponents, and financial wins to our readers!