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Portugal vs Croatia Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Portugal can overcome weakened Croatia in the UEFA Nations League

  • Portugal host Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday
  • Match kicks off in Porto at 7:45pm BST
  • Portugal are the Nations League champions and have won 7 of their last 8 matches
  • Portugal are missing Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Croatia midfielders Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić are unavailable
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Can Croatia dtop Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Nations League? (Getty Images)

Portugal host Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday. Portugal are full strength and should be too good for a depleted Croatia side in Porto.

Portugal Form


Portugal won the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League. They won Group 3 that included Italy and Poland before beating Switzerland and Netherlands in the finals.

Fernando Santos’ side qualified for the European Championship after finishing second in Group B. The Seleção lost 2-1 in Ukraine but bounced back to win 6-0 against Lithuania and 2-0 in Luxembourg.

Portugal have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, winning won by 2+ goals in five of their last six European Championship qualifiers.

Portugal Team News


Midfielders William Carvalho, Pizzi and João Mário and were not called up. Winger Rafa Silva is another player to miss out.

Portugal’s squad contains no major surprises with central defender Domingos Duarte called up and a chance to make his international debut. 

Captain and influential forward Cristiano Ronaldo has 164 caps and 99 international goals. He has a foot infection and won't feature in Saturday's match.

Portugal Squad


Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício, Anthony Lopes, Rui Silva
Defenders: Pepe, José Fonte, Raphaël Guerreiro, Rúben Dias, João Cancelo, Nélson Semedo, Mário Rui, Domingos Duarte
Midfielders: João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Danilo Pereira, André Gomes, Bruno Fernandes, Renato Sanches, Rúben Neves, Sérgio Oliveira
Forwards: André Silva, Gonçalo Guedes, João Félix, Diogo Jota, Trincão

Croatia Form


Croatia qualified for the European Championship after finishing top of Group E.
Zlatko Dalic’s side finished three points above Wales and four points above Slovakia.

The Blazers lost 2-0 in Hungary in their second match, but recovered to win four of the next six matches with two draws. Croatia won 3-0 against Hungary, drew 1-1 in Wales before a 3-1 win against Slovakia.

Croatia Team News


Centre-back Marin Pongracic has been forced to withdraw with injury before making his international debut.

Midfielders Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić have withdrawn from the squad after reaching an agreement with head coach Zlatko Dalic. Their absences denies Croatia 233 international caps. 

Central midfield responsibility will fall to Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Milan Badelj and Mario Pašalić. Attacking options include Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić and Ante Rebić.

Croatia Squad


Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković, Simon Sluga, Ivo Grbić
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Šime Vrsaljko, Tin Jedvaj, Borna Barišić, Duje Ćaleta-Car, Mile Škorić, Dario Melnjak, Filip Uremović
Midfielders: Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Milan Badelj, Mario Pašalić, Nikola Vlašić
Forwards: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Ante Rebić, Josip Brekalo, Bruno Petković, Ante Budimir, Antonio Čolak

Portugal vs Croatia Head to Head


Portugal have a 3-0 advantage against Croatia with two draws in five matches. Portugal won 1-0 in extra time to advance in the Euro 2016 round of 16.

The last clash was in a 2018 friendly, the match ending 1-1 at the Estádio Algarve.

Portugal vs Croatia Odds


Portugal are 2.00 favourites at Unibet with Croatia listed at 4.50 at betfair. A draw can be backed at 3.60 with bet365.

Portugal vs Croatia Match Up


Portugal have a full strength side available, Croatia are missing 233 international caps with midfielders Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić unavailable.

Portugal vs Croatia Stats


  • Portugal are undefeated in 13 of their last 14 competitive matches.
  • Portugal have won 7 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Portugal have won by 2+ goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
  • Portugal have kept 3 clean sheets in 3 of their last 4 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
  • Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 99 international goals.
  • Croatia have lost their last 2 away matches (UEFA Nations League).
  • Croatia are missing experienced midfielders Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić.

Portugal vs Croatia FAQ

Where can I watch the Portugal vs Croatia live stream online?

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Where is Portugal vs Croatia being played?

Portugal vs Croatia is being played at Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal.

When is Portugal vs Croatia being played?

Portugal vs Croatia is being played at 19:45 BST on Saturday 5 September 2020.

What competition are Portugal vs Croatia playing in?

Portugal vs Croatia are playing in UEFA Nations League.

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Verdict

The absences of midfielders Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić is a big blow for Croatia. Portugal are great value to win in Porto.

Best Bet: Portugal Win Full Time Result @100 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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