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Prediction: Czech Republic vs Portugal

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 22 Sep 2022

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Prediction: Portugal win

Best Odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: 888sport

We’re on the final stretch before the 2022 FIFA World Cup and this year, as a result of the tournament taking place in winter, preparation is going to look a little different for all 32 clubs involved. The next step forward in the midst of this chaotic schedule will be the final set of Nations League games, with a meeting going down between Czech Republic and Portugal this week – two teams in very different positions.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic managed to put up a great fight at the Euros but as was the case for so many teams who competed in that competition, they weren’t able to sustain that momentum through World Cup qualifying. It certainly gives them more time to focus on Euro 2024 but given the heart they showcased across the continent, it’ll be quite bittersweet for their fans to watch from the sideline this winter.

Team News

There’s no major team news to report for the hosts who have everyone fit that was initially called up to be part of the squad.

Portugal

Portugal are set for a real turnover in talent and at this moment in time, they’ve got a great blend going between their veteran stars and youngsters who are just waiting to break through to the next level. They had to make their way through the play-offs but they came through that test with flying colours, and it genuinely feels like they could be seen as dark horses when we head to Qatar.

Team News

Cristiano Ronaldo is back in the mix as one of the world’s greatest ever players embarks on his final mission to try and capture that famous trophy.

Factors to Consider

  • Portugal lead 3-1 across their four meetings with Czech Republic in the Euros and Nations League.
  • Czech Republic are 3rd in League A Group 2 of the Nations League with four points.
  • Portugal are 2nd in League A Group 2 of the Nations League with seven points.
  • Czech Republic have won one, drawn two and lost three of their last six games.
  • Portugal have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six games.

Conclusion

We don’t expect to see much of a classic here with the Portuguese focusing on what kind of system they want to play heading into such a big tournament. The Czechs aren’t exactly going to be particularly motivated, even with this being a Nations League game, which is why we’re going to predict a 1-0 win for the visitors – probably as a result of a Ronaldo penalty.

Prediction: Portugal win

Best Odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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