Nations League holders Portugal visit Croatia on the final day of the group stage. The hosts were expected to provide stiff competition for the top two, but have lost three from four and have been badly hit by a combination of retirements, suspension and injury. Elsewhere, the Seleção are battling it out with Didier Deschamps’ troops and must better France’s result against Sweden to advance to the last four.
Where and when: Stadion Poljud, Split – 17 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Croatia vs. Portugal: Sky Sports Red Button
Last time: The Seleção thumped Croatia 4-1 in Porto courtesy of Joao Cancelo, Diogo Jota, Joao Felix and Andre Silva.
Croatia v Portugal Predictions and Preview
Zlatko Dalić is without key performers Ante Rebic and Andrej Kramaric. The Hoffenheim number 27 averages two goals a league match this season, while Rebic is only just back in the first-team fold after recovering from a dislocated elbow sustained in September.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Bruno Fernandes to score first||19/2||Offer|
|Portugal to win 2-0||11/1||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mario Pasalic complete a formidable quartet in the middle of the park and the Blazers are 8/1 to clinch victory.
Fernando Santos has a welcome selection dilemma on his hands after the European champions’ thrashing of Andorra in midweek. Pedro Neto, Paulinho and Francisco Trincão deputised for Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva and both debutants netted.
Felix will definitely join the Juventus talisman in attack after a stunning start to the season with club side Atletico Madrid. The young talent moved for in excess of £100m the previous summer but struggled to settle, scoring just six efforts all term.
Fast forward 12 months, and the Viseu native has five from just seven league appearances and is leading Los Rojiblancos title charge with Barcelona and Real Madrid in disarray.
Felix is 6/1 to break the deadlock, while 102-goal Ronaldo can be found at 7/2. The 35-year-old is closing in on another milestone and is just seven away from equalling Ali Daei’s international record.
Bernardo Silva’s place is probably most at threat after only featuring four times for Manchester City in 2020-21. The silky playmaker can operate anywhere across the front line and the midfield three and his versatility should see him get the nod over Neto over the new faces in Santos’ squad. Portugal are 7/5 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Croatia: Pasalic hit double figures for Atalanta last campaign and will have licence to support Perisic and Budimir. The Hadjuk Split youth graduate is 13/5 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Portugal: Diogo Jota is putting serious pressure on Roberto Firmino after seven strikes from his first 11 games and Jurgen Klopp cannot ignore his form for much longer. The ex-Wolves ace is 13/2 to bag last.
Long shot: Portugal are one of the most dependable teams in world football and are always guaranteed to fare well at major tournaments. More importantly, the Seleção are no longer over reliant on Ronaldo and the legendary skipper is surrounded by extremely talented team-mates. A 4-0 success against a nation in transition is 14/1.