Portugal vs Saudi Arabia
Date: Friday, 10th November 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Estadio do Fontelo (Viseu).
Portugal and Saudi Arabia start their preparations for World Cup with a friendly on Friday night.
The Portuguese team cliched the automatic qualification for the major tournament with a win against Switzerland in the final group game. They were playing second fiddle to the Swiss team throughout the campaign and win only put them ahead on a superior goal-difference.
Fernando Santos is taking the November friendlies as the perfect opportunity to test as many fringe players. Thus, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Quaresma, Fabio Coentrao, and Rui Patricio are all left out. Portugal conclude this round of fixtures by welcoming USA next Tuesday, 14th November.
Saudi Arabia were the dark horses in this edition’s Asian World Cup qualifiers. This is a massive achievement for the team after finishing ahead of Australia in the qualification group to make it to the final tournament for the first time since 2006.
The former Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza who took over the reigns midway through the qualification campaign was dealt with some major blows when the team lost back-to-back games to Australia and UAE. However, they defeated Japan in the final group game to finish second in the group, which means the team is back on track.
Portugal vs Saudi Arabia: Head-to-head
The only official meeting between the two sides was in a friendly back in 2006, won by Portugal on a comfortable 3-0 scoreline.
Portugal vs Saudi Arabia: Predictions
Portugal are playing with a fringe side, but the incoming players know that this is a rare opportunity to impress the head-coach. So, they will be hungrier that the Saudi Arabian team to mark the occasion with a win. Moreover, the home advantage will play a vital part in the final outcome.
However, Bauza is bringing most of the core players that played a key role in the team’s qualification for the world cup. Therefore, we must expect the Green Falcons to give a good fight in a losing course.
Portugal vs Saudi Arabia: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score @ 2.80
Saudi Arabia +1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.43 odd.
Portugal to win and Both teams to Score @ 3.80.
Correct Score Prediction: 2-1 @ 10.50.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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