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Portugal vs Croatia Predictions and Betting Tips

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There is no UEFA Nations League action for these two teams just yet, so they are playing a friendly match in Portugal. See our Portugal vs Croatia predictions and betting tips below as the World Cup finalists get back to action.

The big talking point from this fixture is that Cristiano Ronaldo has not been selected, as he reportedly considering his international future. That would be a big blow to Portugal but now might be a good time to rebuild without Ronaldo ahead of the European Championships in two years time.

 

Portugal vs Croatia Predictions

Croatia went all the way to the final of the 2018 World Cup where they lost to France, but the Croatians were very proud of their efforts and they’ll look to build on that World Cup run as they now build up to the European Championships. Modric and Perisic are back in the squad here and that will give them a real chance of beating Portugal. The Portuguese will be without Jose Fonte here so their defence could lack experience, especially if Pepe doesn’t play. We’re going for a Croatia win to start our Portugal vs Croatia predictions this week. The best odds are 21/10 with Betfred where you get a £30 sign-up bonus when you register.

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Portugal vs Croatia Anytime Goalscorer Prediction

Mario Mandzukic has retired from International footbal so it could be down to the likes of Modric and Perisic to chip in with more goals from midfield. Kalinic is still out of favour following his hissy fit in the World Cup when he refused to go on as a substitute so they are short of options up front. Ruben Never is another player to consider from the Portugal team for an anytime scorer but we’re sticking with Ivan Perisic for our anytime goalscorer bet in the Portugal vs Croatia match. The best odds for him to score are 7/2 with Paddy Power.

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Correct Score Prediction for Portugal vs Croatia

Our pundit’s correct score expert predicted a Croatia win here and we can back that up with a correct score bet to try and get a winning bet with some bigger odds. Portugal don’t have a great record in friendlies and have only won two of their last six, failing to score in three of those. Without Ronaldo they could struggle for goals so we’re going for a tight away win here and betting on Croatia to win 1-0 to complete this week’s Portugal vs Croatia predictions for this international friendly.

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Portugal vs Croatia Betting Preview

It is Portugal who are favourites for this match at odds of 6/4, the draw is 23/10 and one of our selections is the 21/10 for Croatia to win. We’re expecting a close match here so we wouldn’t advise a bet on both teams to score, but under 2.5 goals could be a wise selection at odds of 8/15, although that’s a bit short unless it’s going in an over/under 2.5 goals bet.

Perisic is the goalscorer bet for this match but if you want to be brave and bet on him to score first you’ll get 9/1. He was the driving force behind Croatia in attack at the World Cup and hopefully he will continue that form into the Nations League and then Euro 2020 for Croatia. There is certainly nothing to put you off this bet or you could take the 9/2 for Modric to score anytime, given the inexperienced Portugal backline there could be some rash tackles and Modric will be on penalty duty.

Read More: See all our UEFA Nations League predictions and betting tips.

 

Portugal vs Croatia Betting Tips

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