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

Published at :June 3, 2024 at 2:14 PM
Modified at :June 3, 2024 at 2:14 PM
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Syed Talib Haider


UEFA Euro 2024 will kick off on Friday 14 June

Portugal will host Finland at the Estadio Jose Alvalade this Tuesday for an international friendly. Portugal topped their qualifying group with a perfect record. As they prepare for the Euro 2024, they will face Finland, who are not competing in the Euros.

Historically, Portugal have dominated this fixture with five wins out of ten meetings. The last five encounters have been tightly contested, with Portugal winning two, Finland one, and two ending in draws. Finland, who finished third in their Euro qualifying group and lost in the play-offs, aim to challenge Portugal and improve their record.

Kick-off

Tuesday: 4th June 2024, 7:45 PM BST

Wednesday: 5th June 2024, 12:15 AM IST

Location: Estadio Jose Alvalade

Form

Portugal: W-W-W-W-L

Finland: L-L-W-L-W

Players to watch

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Despite being 39, Cristiano Ronaldo remains hungry for more. Martinez considers him a key part of the national team, and the striker will return to the starting lineup. Ronaldo is set to win his 207th cap for Portugal.

Teemu Pukki (Finland)

Teemu Pukki is known for more than just his goal threat; his runs behind defences are crucial. He manoeuvres his movements to stay onside and times his runs well, exploiting any defence. And his exploits with Minnesota in the MLS have not gone unnoticed. Now, he must do the same for his national side.

Match facts

  • Finland’s sole victory over Portugal came in a 4-1 friendly win in 2002.
  • Portugal have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last 2 matches, losing the last game 2-0

Portugal vs Finland: Betting tips and odds

  • Tip 1 – Portugal to score in both halves
  • Tip 2 – Portugal to finish the match with a clean sheet
  • Tip 3 – Portugal to win this match

Injury and team news

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to win his 207th cap for Portugal on Tuesday evening, expected to start in the attack. Head coach Martinez will experiment with his lineup over the next three matches, but a strong XI is likely, with Rafael Leao and Diogo Jota in attack. Manchester United duo Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes should start following their FA Cup triumph, while 41-year-old Pepe might feature in central defence.

For Finland, Teemu Pukki, still going strong at 34, aims to add to his 40 international goals. Joel Pohjanpalo, with 15 international goals, is expected to join him in the final third, while Robin Lod seeks his 67th cap in midfield. Aberdeen’s Richard Jensen might start in defence, and captain Lukas Hradecky, fresh off a Bundesliga-winning season with Bayer Leverkusen, will guard the goal.

Head-to-head

Matches: 10

Portugal: 5

Finland: 1

Draws: 4

Predicted lineups

Portugal’s predicted lineup (4-3-3)

Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Dalot; Fernandes, Palhinha, Bernardo; Leao, Ronaldo, Jota

Finland’s predicted lineup (4-4-2)

Hradecky; Alho, Tenho, Ivanov, Jensen; Lod, Peltola, Suhonen, Nissila; Pukki, Pohjanpalo

Match prediction

Touted to win the Euro championships, Portugal are looking strong. On the other hand, Finland, who are not even competing in the competition might have it difficult against the host on Tuesday. We predict a victory for the home side.

Prediction: Portugal 3 – 0 Finland

Telecast

India: Sony Sports Network, Sony Liv

UK: Premier Sports 2

USA: ESPN, Fox Sports

Nigeria: No Telecast

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