Italy vs Portugal
UEFA Nations League
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milano).
Italy host Portugal in a high-profile Group 3 clash on Saturday afternoon at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Azzurri need three points to overtake their rivals at the top of the standings and then hope Robert Lewandowski & company would upset Selecao das Quinas in the last game of the campaign on Tuesday.
It’s quite a complicated bit achievable scenario for the team led by Roberto Mancini. The former Manchester City manager took charge of the national squad after a massive failure Italians experienced by not qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. He began the new process to earn Azzurri their status among European heavyweights once again, but it will be a long journey given team’s recent displays.
Italy did see off Poland in the previous round, but they only won the match thanks to a last-gasp goal from Cristiano Biraghi. Can Italians make it two victories on the bounce in Nations League?
Italy vs Portugal: Head-to-head
It was Andre Silva who made the difference when these two sides first met each other in the Nations League back in September.
It was the second consecutive 1-0 win for Portugal in matches against Azzurri.
Overall, Italy have been much more successful over the course of history winning 17 and losing just 6 of 25 meetings with Selecao das Quinas.
Italy vs Portugal: Prediction
Italy were winless in five straight games before the aforementioned narrow victory over Poland on the road. They failed to net two or more goals in any of last six outings. Can Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne inspire the end of such a negative thread?
Portugal had no such troubles with the efficiency of late even though Cristiano Ronaldo did play at all after the World Cup in Russia. Fernando Santos’ men bagged three goals in each if two October fixtures against Poland (2-3 win) and Scotland (1-3 win).
Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva represent team’s major force and are expected to lead Portugal towards the new success here. The visitors have been enjoying a much better year in general and we don’t see them as underdogs here at all. You can back Portugal not to lose at the odds of 1.72.
Italy vs Portugal: Bet Tips
Portugal or Draw @ 1.72 (8/11)
Italy Under 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.50 (1/2).