Portugal vs Croatia Betting Tips
The previous friendlies of the Portuguese national team were rather passable. Wins against Egypt and Algeria are devalued by two draws against Belgium and Tunisia and a defeat by the Netherlands. The draw and lost game took place each away. Last year, the Portuguese won six out of ten home games, played two draws and in two games they lost out in the field. The five away games were won by them. In total, they scored 35 goals in 14 games and in new games, the Portuguese team won nine times to zero. If you compare the two coaches, Fernando Santos and Zlatko Dalic, you can see that Santos sends his Portuguese defensively to the field and his men can use the ball twice in almost every game. Dalic favors an offensive formation of his starting eleven and also his players could finish on average twice. Portugal are a little more focused on the fast counterplay, which could make the upcoming game exciting. World Player Christiano Ronaldo will be missing in the upcoming match. After his move to the Italian record champions Juventus Turin he wants to concentrate entirely on his new employer and therefore renounce the next two internationals. If you look at a test match more closely, you learn that the Portuguese team was very close in the defense, but especially in the second half was really in motion. In our opinion, they should make sure that the creative moment forward does not come up short.
Croatia, who defeated 4-2 in the World Cup final against France, were able to win two wins and two defeats in their previous friendly matches. They lost 2-0 to Peru and Brazil and defeated Mexico and Senegal 1-0 and 2-1, respectively. After reaching the runner-up title in Russia, coach Zlatko Dalic announced that he would continue to serve the Croatian national team. Painful, however, should be the resignation of the penalty kicks and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. The 33-year-old had convinced not least because of his heroics in the two penalties during the knockout rounds of the World Cup. He made himself famous when he held four penalties. From his side you can hear that he wanted to end his career with a World Cup. Likewise, Mario Mandzukic announced his departure from the national team. If you look at the friendly against Senegal, you realize that not much happened in the first half, only in the second half of the game were both teams more active. Despite the defensive position of the Croats they came to more possession and were able to use of three shots on goal two. Similarly, it was in the match against Brazil, where they were offensively positioned, only they succeeded in doing so no goal. Portugal acts identical to the Croats the first half. It can be expected that both teams will have approximately the same possession and it will be a game on equal terms. The only question is to what extent the Croatian offensive against the well-standing defense of the Portuguese, can arrive. Above all, one may also be curious how the Croats will deal with the fast counterplay of the Portugal Elf. In the match against Brazil could convince at least the collective defense of the Croatian defense. Like the work with the ball, that should give confidence. For a bet tip might be interesting that Croatia last year could win only eight out of eight away games and played a draw. In twelve games in total, they scored 17 goals. At home they could win all games. Against Portugal they were four times in total field from which they could win a single game. They did not succeed. The last time they faced each other in 2016. In the European Championship knockout round in Portugal, Portugal won 1-0 in extra time. The tip of the scales could be coach Zlatko Dalic, he eventually led his team to the World Cup final and under him they played so far 14 games of which they could win ten and one ended with a draw. In our opinion, expect a thrilling game, at least as far as the second half is concerned.
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For me, it is questionable why Portugal is favored in this game, according to bookmakers. Certainly, they have always won against Croatia so far, but under Dalic they never played his directing against the Portuguese. Although both teams are good for at least two goals, the bookmakers assume that under 2.5 goals will fall
Bet Tips: Portugal wins