Portugal vs Croatia
UEFA Nations League
Date: Saturday, 5 September 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio do Dragao (Porto).
All eyes will be on the Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo booting up for his national team. Since Croatia is missing the service of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in the middle, their visit will not be as fruitful as they expect it to be.
The Portuguese team had their difficulties in the Euro qualifiers. But thanks to back-to-back wins over Lithuania and Luxembourg, with a combined 8-0 scoreline from the two matches, the host could fix a place in the UNL fixture.
Croatia, on the other hand, has displayed a decent form with a six-game unbeaten run in their overall schedule of late. The visitor has lost both the last two away games in UNL last season and will visit on the back of a 2-1 win at home against Georgia in an international friendly.
Portugal vs Croatia Head-to-head (h2h)
- The host is unbeaten in all their meetings since 1996.
- Their previous encounter resulted in a 1-1 draw.
- Only one of their five matches has seen both teams score.
- The visitor has scored only one goal so far in their clashes.
Portugal vs Croatia Prediction
In their most recent meeting, the teams had shared the spoils in an international friendly. But with the lack of playmakers like Modric and Rakitic in the lineup, Zlatko Dalic’s men have a rare chance in toppling the Portuguese defense in the encounter.
With a strong leader like Cristiano, the home team is moving towards an easy win. Besides, the Croats have scored only one goal in their overall five h2h meetings since 1996. So, the tip for over 1.5 goals will probably be the best bet in the game along with the home win in full-time.
Portugal vs Croatia Betting tips
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.40 (2/5).
Full-time result: Portugal @ 1.80 (4/5).