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Prediction: Portugal vs Finland

Jamie Jones in Free Soccer Predictions 4 Jun 2024

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Prediction: Portugal to win 2-0

Best Odds: 5/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Portugal and Finland will lock horns with each other in a friendly international match this week. The game between Roberto Martínez’s side and Markku Kanerva’s team will be held at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon and is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 pm UK time on Tuesday.

Portugal

Portugal are one of the sides who are aiming to win the UEFA Euro 2024 finals in Germany this summer. Roberto Martínez’s side have been draw in Group F alongside Turkey, Georgia and the Czech Republic. They will now embark on warm-up games to build up their fitness and sharpness for the competition.

A Seleção das Quinas will be determined to put on a good show against Finland. Although the performance will matter more than the result, Portugal will not want to slip up against a side who will not play at the UEFA Euro 2024 finals.

Portugal suffered a 2-0 loss to Slovakia in their last friendly at the end of March. They will face Croatia and the Republic of Ireland in their final two warm-up fixtures ahead of Euro 2024 after the game against 

Team News:

Portugal are likely to line up in a 4-3-3 formation against Finland. Costa will be in goal and will have Cancelo, Pepe, Dias and Dalot in front of him in defence. Fernandes, Palhinha and Bernardo will be the three midfielders. Leao, Ronaldo and Jota are likely to be the three forwards.

Finland

Finland are not a major footballing power in Europe, and it is not a surprise that they will not play at UEFA Euro 2024. Yes, they qualified for Euro 2020, but it was always going to be hard for them to do the same this time around.

Markku Kanerva’s side lost to Wales in the semi-finals of the playoffs for the UEFA Euro 2004 finals. They will have no competitive football until the UEFA Nations League game against Greece at the start of September.

Team News:

Finland are likely to line up in a 4-4-2 formation against Portugal. Hradecky will be in goal for Finland and will have Alho, Tenho, Ivanov and Jensen in front of defence. Lod, Peltola, Suhonen and Nissila will be deployed in midfield. Pukki and Pohjanpalo are likely to be the two forwards.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Portugal have won 5 of their 6 friendly matches.
  • Portugal have won 5 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.
  • Finland have lost 3 of their last 6 friendly games.
  • Finland have won 3 of their last 6 games in all competitions.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 128 goals in 206 matches for Portugal.

Conclusion

Portugal have a better team than Finland and should be able to win this particular international friendly match with ease.

Prediction: Portugal to win 2-0

Best Odds: 5/1

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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