Portugal is back in action with another important UEFA Nations League fixture this week as they lock horns with the Czech Republic on Thursday. You can live-bet on the UNL action by using our sportsbook.
Portugal: Strong Favorites
The Portuguese had a slow start to their campaign. They were kept to a 1-1 draw by Spain but now have taken the first position after beating Switzerland 4-0 on home soil with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace.
Before the new edition of the Nations League kicked off, many doubted the chances of the team since Spain also was in the same group. However, the Spaniards seem to be going through a period of shaky performances. After an unsteady qualification campaign to the World Cup, this is the opportunity for Portugal to find their rhythm before the World Cup starts in November.
Ronaldo made it 117 goals and 188 international fixtures for Portugal and he’s once again the player to watch on Thursday. If you’re betting online, you should back him to find the back of the net. Portugal has lost just one of their 14 Nations League encounters since the tournament’s inception and will welcome the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Pepe may not be able to handle three starts in the space of eight days, so Domingos Duarte could be presented with an opportunity to join Raphael Guerreiro in the defensive line. Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao are expected to be back in the starting lineup after sitting on the bench against Switzerland. The hosts have been in impressive form and will need to work hard to maintain their spot at the top of the group.
Czech Republic: Unbeaten in League A
The Czech Republic will enter this clash on the back of a well-deserved 2-2 home draw with Spain that was almost a win, but Inigo Martinez scored a late equalizer for the Spaniards. An opening-day win over Switzerland means that the Czech Republic sits second with four points from their first two fixtures. Their coach admitted after the draw with Spain that he wouldn’t have imagined that his side would boast such a tally at this point.
Should the Czech Republic be able to pull off the upset and deliver a win this Thursday, they might just get the chance to make it to the knockouts of the tournament — or at least secure their League A spot for the next edition of the competition. They are well organized and compact defensively and they will definitely have a defensive approach and try to strike on the break. The Czechs will surely not afford to offer Manchester United forward Ronaldo the same freedom he enjoyed at the weekend against Switzerland.
Patrik Schick is injured at the moment and has been ruled out of this fixture. The Czechs will need to field their best team to stand a chance in this fixture. They also lost left-back Jaroslav Zeleny to injury in the first half against Spain. His replacement, Jakub Jankto, was also forced off during the halftime interval.
The aggressive and positive approach the Czech Republic produced against Spain should work to a similar effect against Portugal but, given their injury issues, it’s risky to include the visitors in our soccer picks and parlays.
Portugal vs Czech Republic Head-to-Head
Portugal has a good record against the Czech Republic, having won two out of the three matches between the two sides. The previous meeting between the two teams took place in 2012 and ended in a 1-0 victory for Portugal. Portugal has only lost one of their last six international matches and has played out two draws during that period. The Czech Republic have drawn two of their last three outings in all competitions and, like Portugal, they have only lost one of their last six fixtures. Both teams have contributed on the scoresheet in three of Portugal’s last five fixtures while each of the Czech Republic’s last three games has also seen both teams score.
Portugal vs Czech Republic Game Information
- Game: Portugal (0-0-1) vs the Czech Republic (1-0-0)
- Location: Estadio Jose Alvalade (Lisbon, Portugal)
- Day/Time: Thursday, June 9, 2:45 p.m. ET
- Portugal vs Czech Republic Live Stream: fubo.tv
Portugal vs Czech Republic Betting Lines
|Portugal||-1½ +120||-250||2½ -140o||1½ -170o / 1½ +140u|
|Czech Republic||+1½ -150||+725||2½ +110||½ -125o / ½ -105u|
Portugal vs Czech Republic Predictions
As expected, the hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites at -250 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
We’re confident that Portugal, which could include Ronaldo from the start again, will dominate this clash from the first till the final whistle. Portugal can certainly make it six wins from their last seven home fixtures. The hosts are rock-solid on home soil. They covered the spread in each of their last five fixtures in front of their fans, scoring 17 goals in the process.
Given the Czech Republic’s injury issues and Portugal’s home record, we expect a comfortable home win in a high-scoring affair. In terms of goals, the over is the way to go but for our official pick, we are going with Portugal to cover the spread.