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Portugal vs Croatia Predicted lineup, betting tips, odds, injury news, H2H, telecast | International Friendlies 2024

Published at :June 7, 2024 at 1:32 PM
Modified at :June 7, 2024 at 1:32 PM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee


Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to play from the start of this match.

Portugal have become a well-balanced team under the leadership of Roberto Martínez who seems to be starting to get the best out of everyone. They are unbeaten in the last eleven home matches and face an in form Croatia side which includes Cristiano Ronaldo’s old friends Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic.

The 2016 Euro winners secured an impressive 4-2 win over Finland in the last match, in the absence of Ronaldo. They now face Croatia and later Ireland in these friendlies before heading out to take on the Czech Republic in their opening match of Euro 2024.

Croatia have performed incredibly in the last five matches to collect four wins and one draw. They defeated North Macedonia in the last match thanks to a brace from Lovro Majer and a goal from Mario Pašalić.

The Chequered Ones now face an in form Portugal side in their final friendly before heading to Germany to take on Spain in their opening match of Euro 2024. Croatia are drawn into Group B alongside Spain, Italy and Albania. They have to be at their best to have any chance of qualifying from this group. 

Kick-Off:

Saturday, 8 June at 10:15 PM IST

Location: Estádio Nacional

Form: 

Portugal (in all competitions): W-L-W-W-W

Croatia (in all competitions): W-W-D-W-W

Player to Watch

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 

Cristiano Ronaldo had an outstanding campaign with Al Nassr despite not winning any official trophy. Overall, he made 51 appearances for the team this season, scoring 50 goals while adding another 13 assists. Ronaldo seems to be getting better and better with age as he is not showing any sign of slowing down. He has turned into a predator inside the box often finding himself in scoring positions. 

Luka Modric (Croatia) 

Luka Modric had an incredible campaign with Real Madrid where he won the LaLiga and the Champions League. He made 32 appearances for the team scoring two goals and assisting another six. His influence on and off the field has been crucial for the team. Modric will be turning 39 this year. Nevertheless, he still has what it takes to win the match individually for Croatia

Match Facts

  • Portugal are unbeaten in the last 11 home games
  • Croatia are unbeaten in the last five matches
  • Portugal are unbeaten in the last five matches against Croatia

Portugal vs Croatia: Betting tips and Odds

  • Tip 1: Portugal to win this match – 4/6 with Skybet
  • Tip 2: Both teams to score – 10/11 with William HILL
  • Tip 3: Cristiano Ronaldo to score the first goal – 3/1 with Bet365

Injury and Teams News

For Portugal, Roberto Martinez will likely start Ronaldo in this match after giving much-needed rest to him. Diogo Costa, Bernardo Silva and Diego Dalot will also be aiming to play from the start of this match.

Meanwhile, Croatia will likely recall Joško Gvardiol back to the starting eleven after giving him a rest in the last match. 

Head-to-Head

Total Matches: 5

Portugal: 4

Croatia: 0

Draw: 1

Predicted Lineup for Portugal vs Croatia

Portugal Predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Costa (GK); Dalot, A. Silva, Dias, Cancelo; Fernandes, Palhinha, B. Silva; Jota, Ronaldo, Leao

Croatia Predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Livakovic (GK); Juranovic, Vida, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Kovacic, Majer; Kramaric, Perisic,Petkovic

Match Prediction for Portugal vs Croatia

The Navigators have become a force under the leadership of Martinez who seems to have found a winning formula for the team. He now faces an in form Croatia side who on their day can defeat any team in the world. However, the home team will be slight favourites given they are at home and have not lost to Croatia in the last five matches. 

Prediction: Portugal 2-1 Croatia

Telecast for Portugal vs Croatia

India – SonyLIV

UK – Premier Sports 2

US –  FOX Sports, ESPN

Nigeria – N/A

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