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Portugal vs Czech Republic Predictions

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Portugal -1

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Portugal 3-0

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Nunes Matheus Luiz To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Portugal have won five of their last six home games, each time by greater than a one-goal margin.
  • Czech Republic have lost three of their last six away games, two by significant margins, 4-0 and 3-0.
  • Midfielder Matheus Nunes has one goal for Portugal in less than 90 minutes of competitive action.

Portugal can pass Czechs into submission

Portugal can push ahead in their quest to finish top of Nations League A Group 2 with what should be another comfortable home victory when they host the Czech Republic on Thursday. Selecao slapped upstarts Switzerland down convincingly on Sunday with a four-goal romp that showed them to be still as good as anyone on their day if their opponents can’t disrupt their rhythm.

The Czech Republic will arrive off the back of a 2-2 home draw with Spain that was almost a win, but for Inigo Martinez’s late leveller. However, only Luis Enrique knows why he left three of his most physical players on the bench for a Prague test that was always going to be turned into a battle by the home side – and a match which the Spanish could easily have won.

Portugal can certainly make it six wins from their last seven home games here and their match odds of 2/5 reflect how much dominance they should have. There are two ways of bolstering those odds further with varying degrees of risk – backing the hosts to lead at half-time too – or taking them -1 on the handicap with us favouring the latter option here.

Šilhavý’s resources being stretched thin 

Five of those last six wins on home soil have been by greater than a one-goal margin and, with such a deep squad, Santos can make a few changes and keep Portugal fresh for the contest. Jaroslav Šilhavý doesn’t have the same luxury here and his resources are being stretched thin over this international break in which the team will play four times.

We’re confident that Portugal, who could include Cristiano Ronaldo from the start again, will be in full control by the time the final whistle sounds in Lisbon and believe a 3-0 margin of victory is the most likely outcome for correct score bettors.

The Czech Republic have lost two of their last six away contests by three goals or more, 4-0 in Italy and 3-0 in Belgium, so it would be no surprise to see them – again without leading striker Patrick Schick – capitulate without so much as whimper when Portugal pass them into submission. Matheus Nunes, who scored against Turkey in March and has yet to play 90 minutes of competitive football for his country, is an interesting anytime goalscorer option at generous odds too.

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