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Slovenia vs Portugal Predictions, Tips and Odds: Will Martinez’s perfect start continue?

Slovenia vs Portugal Predictions, Tips and Odds: Will perfect run continue?

Portugal will be hoping to continue their perfect run under Roberto Martinez when they travel to face Slovenia this week.

Slovenia vs Portugal predictions

Slovenia vs Portugal: Predictions

Bet Prediction Bookmaker odds
BTTS? Yes 19/20 with 10bet
Correct Score Slovenia 1-3 Portugal 11/1 with Sky Bet
First Goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo 12/5 with Bet365

The stats behind our Slovenia vs Portugal predictions:

  • Portugal conceded two goals in their win over Sweden last week.
  • Portugal have scored at least three goals in seven of their 11 games under Roberto Martinez.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in six of his past nine games for Portugal.

A perfect start

What a difference a year makes. When Portugal bowed out of the 2022 World Cup, losing 1-0 in the quarter-finals to Morocco, they looked a little lost. Fernando Santos had taken Portugal as far as he could, and he would always have the Euro 2016 success.

Roberto Martinez was the man drafted in to replace Santos, and they look a completely refreshed side. Martinez led Portugal all through qualifying, and the 2016 European champions had a perfect record. They recorded 10 wins from 10 against Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland and Slovakia, conceding just two goals on the way. They also beat Sweden 5-2 in their first friendly of 2024 last week, just the second game in which they had conceded.

Of course, many will point at the opposition in their group, but you can only beat what’s in front of you. And there will be the all-important momentum gained from this winning run, ahead of a Euro 2024 group stage that seems very much manageable. Portugal kick off this summer’s tournament against Czech Republic, before facing Turkey and then one of Georgia or Greece.

Slovenia are also starting their preparation for Euro 2024 after an impressive qualifying campaign. Placed in a group alongside Denmark, Finland, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland and San Marino, Slovenia only finished second on their head-to-head record against the Danes. But they still finished four points from of third-placed Finland, sealing automatic qualifying to their first European Championship since 2000.

Slovenia vs Portugal match tip

Over 3.5 goals @ 2/1 by Sky Bet

Portugal have been very fun to watch under Roberto Martinez so far. In their 11 games, 45 goals have been scored, with Portugal netting 41 and conceding just four. That’s an average of 4.1 goals per game, while Portugal themselves have scored at least three goals in seven of their 11 matches under Martinez.

Slovenia vs Portugal odds

SLOVENIA VS PORTUGAL
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*Odds correct as of 08:45 on March 26. 18+ only. BeGambleAware.

As you’d expect, Portugal are the odds-on favourites for this game. Before even looking at form, just the stature of these two teams will see Portugal expected to come out on top. But when you do throw in Portugal’s perfect record, it makes the win much more fancied.

Slovenia vs Portugal team news

Portugal will be without Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Joao Palhinha, Nelson Semedo, Toti Gomes, Rafael Leao, Bruno Fernandes and Goncalo Ramos for this game. Martinez is making the most of his squad, allowing the aforementioned players to return to their clubs early, after participating in the 5-2 win over Sweden.

Slovenia will have the likes of Benjamin Sesko and Andraz Sporar trying to breach the Portuguese defence, while Jan Oblak attempts to keep the sheet clean at the other end of the pitch.

How to watch Slovenia vs Portugal Live

Portugal’s trip to Slovenia takes place on Tuesday 26th March at 7:45pm, but won’t be broadcast live in the UK.

Slovenia vs Portugal head-to-head

This will be the first ever meeting between these two nations.


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