By Maryam Naz
12th October 2018
Scotland and Portugal collide in an international friendly at Hampden Park for which both sides will be without talismanic goalscorers – unfortunately for the hosts, the Selecao recently remembered how to win without theirs.
Scotland vs Portugal predictions: Team news
After missing the September internationals, Cristiano Ronaldo has once again not been called up to Fernando Santos’ squad.
However, the degree to which that is a blow for his countrymen and a boost to Scotland is countered by last month’s win over Italy in the absence of the Juventus star.
It was only the fourth success in Portugal’s last 11 matches without Ronaldo before this month and the first in that sequence to come against a respectable opposition, with Saudi Arabia, Gibraltar and Cyprus the other sides vanquished without him on that run.
Leigh Griffiths’ withdrawal from Alex McLeish’s options, is unlikely to unduly overjoy their visitors, but we’ve mad it our pick to limit the already modest attacking options at Scotland’s disposal.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Portugal 2-0 Scotland, Portugal 5-0 Scotland, Scotland 0-0 Portugal, Portugal 2-1 Scotland, Scotland 0-0 Portugal, Scotland 4-1 Portugal
Scotland vs Portugal: the match odds
The Selecao are 10/11 favourites in the match betting against hosts that snapped a three-game home losing streak with an energetic win over Albania in September.
McLeish’s side are trading at odds of 16/5 for victory after Thursday’s defeat to Israel, while the draw that copped the last two times the sides clashed in Scotland is a 12/5 selection on the betting tips.
Both were goalless stalemates and based on recent performances our Scotland vs Portugal predictions lead in the direction of another low-scoring encounter on Sunday evening.
Scotland vs Portugal match betting: score, best bets, double result prediction
Predicted score: no team to score, picked @ 8/11
Not for these two, the madcap friendly scorelines brought about by experimenting with fresh players and less being at stake should the matches be lost.
Just one of the Scots’ last 13 friendlies has seen goals from both sides, while all bar the first of the visitors’ five non-competitive road games since Santos took the helm have rewarded backers of the first of our Scotland vs Portugal predictions.
In such circumstances, the under 2.5 goals wager might raise its miserable head, but with a forecast of 4/7 in this fixture, we’ll stick with our tip thanks very much.
Best bet: Portugal/Under 2.5 goals, tipped @ 3/1
Where the unders might come in useful is bolstering our Portugal win betting designs, with 21/20 not persuasive enough a price to back a side with four wins from nine friendlies outside their homeland under the current manager.
Six of those results, including wins over Argentina, Italy and Luxembourg, rewarded under 2.5 goals tips.
The hosts’ horrendous results in friendlies over the past two years suggest that the Selecao can deliver on the win part of the second of our Scotland vs Portugal predictions.
Andrew Robertson and his troops have lost seven of their last nine just-for-fun encounters, failing to score in any of those defeats, yet only shipping more than twice to France (three) and Belgium (four).
Oliver McBurnie has also been prolific for the Scots, but whether he can score against a robust Portuguese side is suspect.
Double result predictions: Draw/Portugal, odds @ 19/5
Six of the Selecao’s last eight friendlies outside their homeland were goalless at the interval, with the outliers seeing them go in at half-time in Luxembourg with a 1-0 lead and trail Holland 3-0 in Switzerland.
The reason the 0-0 half-time correct score isn’t the last of our Scotland vs Portugal predictions is the price – odds of 6/5 are too short.
Backing the visitors in our betting tips to assert their superiority after the break is far more rewarding.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.