Portugal – Croatia: which choice to make?
Portugal won the last two home games dry, but will Croatia be able to crack the hosts’ defense on September 5 – we have prepared our forecast. What to expect from teams?
The Portuguese national team very powerfully failed the last draw of the League of Nations – Fernando Santos ‘ team was in a difficult group with Italy and Poland, but managed to finish first, ahead of the Italians by three points. In the playoffs, Portugal beat Switzerland in the semifinals 3: 1 without any problems and ended up in the final.
In the final match, Portugal scored just one goal, but it was enough to defeat the Netherlands.
In the selection for the European Championship, the Portuguese immediately had problems – in two starting fights they lost points, having painted two draws with Ukraine (0: 0) and Serbia (1: 1). However, the unsuccessful start did not leave Portugal without a ticket to the continental tournament – she finished second, losing the leadership to Ukraine, the third Serbia remained three points away.
Croatia in the last draw of the League of Nations played objectively poorly, but there were objective reasons for this – England and Spain were present in the group. As a result, Zlatko Dalich’s team took the last place, although everything was decided in the last match with the British, a victory in which could send the “checkers” to the playoffs.
In qualifying for the European Championship, Croatia found itself in the same group with Wales, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan, fully justifying its status as a favorite. The checkers finished first with 17 points, ahead of the second Slovakia by three points. In the last match, Croatia beat Georgia 2: 1, extending the unbeaten streak to six matches.
Portugal have scored fewer than two goals in only one of their last six games
Croatia have scored in each of their last 13 matches
Only in one of the last five matches Croatia have not conceded
09/06/18 Portugal Croatia 1.1
The Portuguese national team is not the main favorite of the group – for sure this status is more deserved by the World Champion France. Given that the group is very difficult and each of the teams will strive to be the first, Portugal has no room for error in home matches, the hosts will obviously play attacking football and strive only for victory.
Considering how powerfully Portugal plays at home, it will be almost impossible for Croatia to stay dry, but the checkers are able to give their answer, in the front line they have very high-quality performers, so it makes sense to count on an effective match.
We believe there will be goals in the match. The forecast – both will score . In 1xBet such an outcome is offered with odds of 1.98