Portugal (@12.0) vs Italy (@1.005)
12-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Italy will win

Portugal – Italy Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 11:15

Andre Silva is a promising option up front with 12 goals in his 27 international appearances, and their overall squad does look good. The talisman captain isnt in this squad as he makes his decision, while both Nani and Ricardo Pereira have been left out of the squad. Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes look like the future of the Portugese attack along with Andre Silva, while William Carvalho, Renato Sanches, and Ruben Neves provide a lot in midfield.

He began the new process to earn Azzurri their status among European heavyweights once again, but it will be a long journey given teams recent displays. The former Manchester City manager took charge of the national squad after a massive failure Italians experienced by not qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. Its quite a complicated bit achievable scenario for the team led by Roberto Mancini.

Giorgio Chiellini Set to win his 100th cap, as captain, and will want to mark the occasion with a clean sheet having helped Juventus keep plenty this season. Lorenzo Insigne The Napoli forward has been in the goals this season, with ten so far, including three in the Champions League. Leonardo Bonucci Alongside his fellow Juventus centre-back, the experienced defender will be key in Italys bid to nullify the Portuguese attacking threat.

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35 year old Pepe is still a first choice centre back, and in their 1-1 draw with Croatia last time out they partnered him with the 21 year old Ruben Dias from Benfica. Things are less promising at the back though. This selection shows a real concern in the centre back department, and thats something that a resurgent Mario Balotelli will be looking to exploit.

Bernardo Silva His fine start to the season with Manchester City continued with two assists in their defeat of rivals Man United last weekend.Andre Silva Back in the goals and scored the winner the last time these two teams met.Ruben Dias With Pepe suspended, the Benfica man will need to step up to lead the defence having started both UEFA Nations League matches so far.

They managed to beat Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Armenia, all by the same result, 2:0. Their defense is really strong in all matches in this group, we saw under 2.5 goals. Apart from losing the match against their next opponents, the Scandinavians played superbly in this qualifying cycle so far. Also, in 13 out of the last 14 matches in all competitions, under 2.5 goals were scored. So, the upcoming game might be similar.

Andre Silva scored the winner against Italy in September while, last month, Silva and namesake Bernardo scored either side of an own goal in a 3-2 win in Poland. Portugal followed that up by beating Scotland 3-1 in a friendly, with Helder Costa, Eder and Bruma scoring. Portugal have bounced back well from a disappointing World Cup last-16 exit, with a 1-1 draw with Croatia followed by three consecutive wins since the summer.

Both only managed three wins in the last 10 matches. However, they didnt impress, winning just once in the group stage and losing to Uruguay in the 1/8 finals. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, but Portugal did. The form of both teams, before this match at Benficas Estadio do Sport field in Lisbon, is not great. Portugal and Italy have played each other 25 times in their footballing history. Portugal had five draws and two defeats while Italy have drawn four and lost three games. Italy has a point to prove which makes them a dangerous opponent. In their last six head to head encounters, Italy has won five times and Portugal just once, in their last match, beating Italy at home 1:0 three years ago. Italy has won a whopping 18 out of those 25 games, with Portugal being triumphant in only five games. Portugal will have to work hard to win this home game.

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Italy has won a whopping 18 out of those 25 games, with Portugal being triumphant in only five games. The form of both teams, before this match at Benficas Estadio do Sport field in Lisbon, is not great. Portugal will have to work hard to win this home game. However, they didnt impress, winning just once in the group stage and losing to Uruguay in the 1/8 finals. Both only managed three wins in the last 10 matches. Portugal and Italy have played each other 25 times in their footballing history. In their last six head to head encounters, Italy has won five times and Portugal just once, in their last match, beating Italy at home 1:0 three years ago. Italy has a point to prove which makes them a dangerous opponent. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, but Portugal did. Portugal had five draws and two defeats while Italy have drawn four and lost three games.

Expert Verdict: Portugal have won two from two so far in the UEFA Nations League and can guarantee top spot if they win away to Italy. Roberto Mancini's side got back to winning ways in their most recent match, in Poland, but Portugal are difficult to beat at the best of times - and it is the visitors who are favourites for this one.