Portugal vs Croatia Soccer Predictions and Betting : The champions of the inaugural UEFA Nations League – Portugal, face off against the finalists of the 2018 FIFA World CUP – Croatia, in the opener of the group 3 match of League A in the UEFA Nations League.
This is one of the toughest groups in the competition as it has World Cup champions France and a strong Sweden as the other teams in the group. So, it becomes really important to get off to a good start if they have to progress ahead in the competition.
With that in mind, the Portuguese and the Croatians won’t leave any stone unturned to come off with a victory in the match.
Portugal vs Croatia Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
Portugal vs Croatia Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent Stats
Portugal had a stellar opening UEFA Nations League tournament. Inspired and led by Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal won the tournament when they defeated the Netherlands team in the finals. At the age of 35, this might be one of the last international tournament of one of the greatest player to ever play the beautiful game, and he’ll be keen to add another one to his list of titles.
Portugal also has had a decent run of form lately, they have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, suffering the only defeat against a 10 men Ukraine side. They are a strong team going forward as they scored 17 goals and conceded only 3 in the process.
Croatia, on the other hand, had a disappointing time in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. They were unable to replicate their form from the World Cup and finished last in the group that consisted of England and Spain. They were able to win only one match in the tournament, while they had one draw and lost the other 2 matches.
A look at the recent form and we can see that they’re unbeaten in their last 5 matches where they have won 3 and drawn 2.
Portugal vs Croatia Soccer Predictions and Betting : Defensive and Offensive Stats (Stats of Last League Season)
The Portuguese team has some of the best-attacking players in the world right now. Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction, but once again he’s had an excellent domestic campaign with Juventus, where he scored 31 goals in the league. Moreover, he’s at 99 goals for his national side and will look to reach a century of goals as soon as possible.
In midlfield, they have the creative genius duo of Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes and his city rival –Wolverhampton’s stricker Ruben Neves.
Bruno had an excellent start to his Premier League career where he scored 8 and goals and gave 7 assists in only 14 games, while Silva also chipped in with 7 assists for his City side. Add to that Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix – and Croatia will have a tough time to contain this Portuguese side.
Croatia, on the other hand, has a very experienced midfield. They have the creativity and stability of game veteran and the 106 game veteran Ivan Perisic and Inter star Marcelo Brozovic.
The attack is spearheaded by Champions League winning Bayern Munich star Ivan Perisic. He played a crucial part in Bayern’s Champions League campaign, scoring 3 goals and one against Barcelona when the Bayern side defeated them 8-2.
Portugal’s Defence will be spear headed by Manchester City’s Ruben Dias Cancelo and Barcelona’s Nélson Semedo. For Croatia, their Defence will be under control of Tin Jedvaj who plays for German side Bayer Leverkusen. He will be assisted by Duje Ćaleta-Car who plays as a centre-back for Ligue 1 club Marseille.
Portugal vs Croatia Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head to Head Stats
Portugal are yet to be beaten in last five encounters between the two teams. Out of last 5 matches, Portugal won 4 and drew on one occasion with Croatia. The most recent encounter between the two team was in June 2019. The match ended in 1-1 goals.
Portugal vs Croatia Soccer Predictions and Betting Analysis
As per Fctables, Portugal is the favourite to win the match. They are giving the Portuguese side 48% chance of winning the match, whereas the chances of winning for Croatia is at 24%.
If we look at betting website Bet365 we can see that the odds for a Portuguese victory is at 1.90 whereas the odds for a win for Croatia is at 4.0, whereas a draw is at 3.60.
According to oddschecker Portugal are the favourites to win the match, the most popular bet for a Portuguese win is at 1/1 and the odd for a Croatia win is at 7/2.
Footballpredictions.com also predicts win for Portugal in upcoming clash with Croatia. The platform predicts the match to end in 2-0 goals in favor of Portugal.
1XBet places the betting odds for Portugal’s win at 1.64 while the betting odds for Croatia is placed at 2.76.
The odds and predictions seems to favor Portugal in the Saturday’s clash against Croatia. However, Croatia too has an unbeaten last 5 match streak therefore though underdogs, Croatia may pull out a surprise in match against Portugal.