By Tony Nguyen
5th September 2018
- Thursday 6th September
- Kick-off: 19:45
- Stadium: Estadio do Algarve
- Live on Sky Sports Main Event
European champions Portugal take on World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia in a blue-riband friendly ding-dong before both sides get their UEFA Nations League campaigns underway next week. Read on for three of our best Portugal vs Croatia predictions:
Portugal vs Croatia predictions: Ronaldo absence key to Croatia finally beating the hosts?
William Hill’s Portugal vs Croatia odds have the Selecção das Quinas as 6/4 favourites, despite the absence of multiple Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo from the squad. A draw between the teams is priced at 21/10, whereas a victory for Zlatko Dalic’s side is tipped 19/10.
The Blazers come face-to-face with one of their international bogey sides in Almancil, having ended up on the losing end without scoring in all four of their past meetings with Portugal.
However, with the man from Madeira out of the picture, our Portugal vs Croatia predictions hinge upon them snapping that sorry streak.
Over the last two seasons, Fernando Santos’ side have contested 10 matches without Ronaldo in the squad, drawing four and losing three.
Portugal’s manager Fernando Santos will be without star man Cristiano Ronaldo
The wins in that sequence were against lightweights Saudi Arabia, Gibraltar and Cyprus, while they were beaten by moderate nations of the calibre of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.
With Croatia a better side than the latter trio and the Croatia/draw double chance too short to get excited about at 1/2, backing them for victory at a 19/10 pick is the first of our Portugal vs Croatia predictions.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Croatia 0-1 Portugal (after extra time), Croatia 0-1 Portugal, Portugal 2-0 Croatia, Croatia 0-3 Portugal.
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Prediction: Croatia to win @19/10 odds
Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric may have been expected to retire after the World Cup final, but both men are available to Dalic and should ensure the visitors can boss the midfield.
Chances of sufficient magnitude to fashion a victory should come Croatia’s way as a result of Ivan Perisic, who has bagged three times across the national side’s last five outings, they have a man capable of converting chances, which points towards a Blazers win as the likely outcome.
Scorer – Portugal to score – No @2/1
The same goalscoring prowess cannot be said of likely Portugal starting front pair Goncalo Guedes and Andre Silva, who both drew blanks in Russia.
Portugal to score – No, is the second of our Portugal vs Croatia predictions at a handsome 2/1 odds, offering more pragmatic punters a preferable pick to the slightly-shorter-priced away win.
Best Bet: Both teams to score – No @8/11
This outcome has copped in six of Croatia’s last eight international friendlies. It can be backed as one of our Portugal vs Croatia predictions, tipped at odds of 8/11.
Portugal vs Croatia stats
- The Blazers have conceded two goals in two of the last three away friendlies they played
- The Selecção das Quinas have won only two of their last six friendly matches, drawing three and losing one.
- Portugal’s have scored at least 1.5 goals in eight of their last 11 friendlies
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