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Portugal vs Poland Predictions

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  • Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques

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European champions Portugal had a pretty good weekend, as they secured top spot in their Nations League group, before being named as hosts for the knockout rounds. They’ll play in June’s semi-final, likely to be at Porto’s Dragao, following a 0-0 draw in Italy. They have wrapped up their business with a game to spare, and they come into this one aiming to round off 2018 on a high. They had a solid World Cup campaign, but after springing into new life this Autumn, the Portuguese should push for a win here.

The hosts are aiming to win their group with 10 points, setting up a promising 2019 campaign for them. They will start their defence of their European title, while they’ll compete in and host the inaugural Nations League finals. With England and Switzerland joining them, the Portuguese should have some confidence in their chances of going all the way and lifting the trophy. However, before they focus on title chances and their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, they need to take care of Poland first.

The visitors have had a dreadful few months, dropping out of the World Cup at the first hurdle, before their Nations League relegation was confirmed last month. They have lost to Portugal and Italy already, and now they finish up in this trip to Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques. The visitors will make the trip without key forward Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich man is being left out with nothing on the line, and that impacts their chances of securing three points in this one.

Portugal head into this clash following a strong result in Italy, showing some decent defensive resolve. They’ll look to get on the front-foot a little more at home, and they can afford to take more risks. They’ve changed without Cristiano Ronaldo, starting with a 4-3-3 system. It’s a fluid approach which gives them options in attack and in possession, and that’s boosted them since some dull displays in Russia.

Poland have lost their last three matches, while they’ve lost five games in eight since the start of the World Cup. Their poor form should continue against an improving Portuguese outfit, with the home side winning three of their last four. A weakened Poland look set to continue their bad run in this trip, and their defence should struggle against Portugal again, given how easily the European champions racked up three goals in the reverse fixture. As a result, we’re backing a home win in this encounter.

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