Portugal vs Croatia – UEFA Nations League – Portugal are the title holders of the UEFA Nations League
Portugal vs Croatia – and they will start their 2020-21 campaign in the Group 3 of League A, hosting Croatia this Saturday.
Portugal defeated the Netherlands in last edition’s final. How will the men managed by Fernando Santos behave this time?
Portugal won this competition in the first edition of the UEFA Nations League, beating Switzerland in the semi-finals of the competition before beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.
It is fair to say that Portugal’s main focus is the preparation for next summer’s European Championship, but surely they want to leave a good impression in this competition once again.
The team led by Fernando Santos won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions. The last one was against Luxembourg in November of 2019, when the Portuguese won by 2 goals to nil.
Portugal managed to qualify for the next European Championship after finishing in second place of Group B and being the title holders, having beaten France in the final of 2016 in Paris.
In this game, Portugal’s coach should put his best XI, with Cristiano Ronaldo about to get his 165th cap, and seeking the 100th goal for the national side.
The promising youngster from Barcelona, Trincão, was called and can also be part of the team, while the goalkeeper of Granada, Rui Silva, and the defender Domingos Duarte, may also make their debuts for Portugal’s national side. Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Ruben Neves should also start.
Croatia also secured their presence in the next European Championship, after finishing first in Group E
They bagged 17 points in 8 matches being a very strong team throughout qualifying.
The Croatians have not lost a single time in their last six official matches.
The Vatreni arrive at this match in good shape, and there is no doubt that they are a team that should be taken seriously in the world football panorama.
Zlatko Dalic said in the press conference that this competition is important, but he stated that the main goal of the Croatian national team are the next qualifiers for the World Cup and the European Championship.
It is important to say that the Croatians have lost four of their last five games against Portugal, which is not a good record for them.
In the previous edition of this Nations League, they were not able to entertain their supporters, as they only managed to win 1 game in their four matches against Spain and England.
For this game, Croatia will not count with some big names, such as Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who were not called for the games against Portugal and France.
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Portugal vs Croatia – Prediction:
This is a very hard match to predict a winner because both teams are very strong. Both know they have the quality to win so I think it will be a very balanced match.
My guess is that both sides will have enough arguments in the offensive end in order to score goals.
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