Portugal vs Ukraine
Europe – Euro Qualifiers
Date: Friday, 22nd March 2019
Kick-off at 19.45 UK/ 20.45 CET
Venue: Estádio da Luz (Lisabon).
The defending champions are back, and so is their hero. After his fantastic performance in the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo is back to tie boots for his country. The team topped their group in the Nations League, competing with the likes of Poland and Italy. They would be hoping to lift the Nations League title as well, to complement their victory in the last edition of the Euros.
Ukraine did some good work in the Nations League, and rightfully achieved promotion to the League A. But it needs to be noted that they were included in a group with Slovakia and Czech Republic – historically not considered as major players in the sport.
With the home advantage, the Portuguese are definitely the favorite for this tie.
Portugal vs Ukraine Head-to-head (h2h)
- These teams have met twice in the last 25 years.
- Both games came in 1996, as part of World Cup qualifiers.
- Both games resulted in home wins.
- Portugal found the back of the net in the two fixtures.
- At home, Portugal has a 100% winning record.
Portugal vs Ukraine Prediction
The hosts have the confidence and the esteem of being the defending champions. And with the return of Cristiano to their mix, the team is even more strong, and to top it all off, they are at home.
Even with the presence of some tough opponents, Portugal managed to top their group in the Nations League and has qualified for the next stage. Quite frankly, the team is on a roll. They will surely want to ensure qualification to the main event of the Euros as soon as possible and try to replicate Spain’s back-to-back wins in the competition a decade back.
Ukraine may be a good team, but here they are surely trumped by the quality on the other side. Moreover, the team scored just four goals in their last five matches. Portugal meanwhile was unbeaten in 40 of their last 45 games.
Expect a home win this Friday, and with them finding the back of the net in 22 of their last 24 home ties, it’s only reasonable to expect at least two goals, when they are considered favorites.
Portugal vs Ukraine Betting Tips
Portugal to Win @ 1.40 (2/5)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Portugal @ 1.75 (3/4).