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Portugal vs Croatia Predictions, Tips and Odds: Big guns collide

Portugal vs Croatia Predictions, Tips and Odds: Two Big Guns Collide Ahead of Euro 2024

Portugal and Croatia bring their Euro 2024 preparations to an end with a friendly in Oeiras on Saturday.

Portugal vs Croatia predictions

Portugal vs Croatia: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 10/11 with BetGoodwin
Correct Score Portugal 2-1 Croatia 7/1 with BetUK
First Goalscorer Bruno Fernandes 11/2 with Unibet

The stats behind our Portugal vs Croatia predictions:

  • Both teams have scored in the last two meetings between these nations.
  • Portugal have never lost to Croatia in seven previous meetings.
  • Bruno Fernandes has scored nine goals in his last 10 international caps, including two against Finland last time out.

One last test for two Euro 2024 heavyweights

Euro 2016 champions Portugal will head into this summer’s tournament fully intent on regaining their crown. Roberto Martinez still has some defensive misgivings to work out, but he has a squad with incredible attacking talent at his disposal, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota but a handful of their big names. A Seleção das Quinas showed both sides of their respective coin on Tuesday as they went 3-0 up against Finland before allowing two quickfire Teemu Pukki goals, with Fernandes then adding his second of the night to deliver a 4-2 win.

But up next is a much bigger test in Croatia. Although they’ve not always been considered among the elite international sides, their record speaks for itself with two third-place medals and a runner-up spot in the World Cup — picking up one of each since 2018 alone — as well as coming second in the most recent UEFA Nations League. Croatia haven’t fared quite as well at the Euros, never going beyond the quarter-finals, but the pedigree is there for all to see and if Luka Modric can roll back the years once more, they’ll be a threat at this summer’s tournament.

For both nations, this is a chance to face the sort of quality you simply must beat if you’re to go all the way in a major international tournament.

Portugal vs Croatia match tip

Joao Palhinha to be shown a card @ 11/2 with Bet365

Even though this is a friendly, sometimes players can give their all when going into tackles. One man who likes a tackle is Joao Palhinha, who made 152 in the Premier League last season, more than any other player. He also received 13 yellow cards, with only three players receiving more across Europe’s top seven leagues.

Portugal vs Croatia odds

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*Odds correct as of 16:00 on June 7. 18+ only. GambleAware.

Home advantage makes Portugal favourites here, but this should be a close match between two high-quality international sides.

Portugal vs Croatia team news

Cristiano Ronaldo was rested against Finland but may be brought back into the fold here. Bruno Fernandes may also start after scoring twice from the bench.

Nikola Vlasic is a doubt due to a groin injury but Croatia should field a strong side otherwise.

How to watch Portugal vs Croatia live

Portugal vs Croatia kicks off on Saturday at 5:45pm (UK time), with the game broadcast live in the UK on Premier Sports 2.

Portugal vs Croatia head-to-head

  • 17 November 2020 – Croatia 2-3 Portugal – UEFA Nations League
  • 5 September 2020 – Portugal 4-1 Croatia – UEFA Nations League
  • 6 September 2018 – Portugal 1-1 Croatia – Friendly
  • 25 June 2016 – Croatia 0-1 Portugal – Euro 2016
  • 10 June 2013 – Croatia 0-1 Portugal – Friendly
Croatia have never beaten Portugal in seven previous attempts, losing six times and picking up just one draw.

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