New Zealand vs Portugal
Date: Saturday, 24th June 2017
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg).
New Zealand play for pride in their final group game of the 2017 FIFA Confederations cup fixture against Portugal.
The All Whites are eliminated from the tournament after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Mexico on Wednesday. The head-coach Anthony Hudson will be kicking himself after his team failed to make the early advantage count. The Leeds United striker Chris Wood put the Oceania Champions in front 3 minutes before the break, which is New Zealand’s first goal in the competition in over 555 minutes of play. It was the second half brilliance from Javier Aquino which tailored the two goals for Mexico.
It was an early goal from Ronaldo that earned Portugal a 1-0 vital victory over Russia on Wednesday’s crucial tie. The 8th minute headed goal is Portugal’s first goal in Russian soil against the host nation and the first win in 4 attempts after 2 losses and 1 draw in the previous 3.
The Seleccao must be happy with their display as defending was an area on concern in the 2-2 draw against Mexico. Against Russia, they not only kept a clean sheet, but also let no shot on target. In the offense, Portugal had a number of chances, the score-line would have been wide if not for the heroics of Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
The victory put Portugal in a commanding position to qualify from the group, but they must ensure maximum points against a team like New Zealand. Currently, they are level on points with Mexico, but they are placed second in the table due to an inferior goal difference.
New Zealand vs Portugal: Head-to-head
This will be the first head-to-head meeting between the two sides.
New Zealand vs Portugal: Prediction
Portugal showed their lethal side in the 1-0 win against Russia. The final scoreline do not tell the whole story, but the number of scoring chances they created during the 90 minutes is a positive sign. Moreover, they were much assured in the defensive department as compared against the opening day fixture against Mexico.
New Zealand are too defensive in their approach, which could play in the hands of the European Champions. The team strength is also a big mismatch on paper, and one must expect Portugal to grab a comfortable win on Saturday.
New Zealand vs Portugal: Bet Tips
Portugal to win first-half at 1.40 odds by Betfair.
The top recommended bet for this match is the first half to produce 2 or more goals. Over 1.5 first half goals can be grabbed for 2.00 odds at Bet365.
We can also back Cristiano Ronaldo to score 2 or more goals in this match.