Portugal will have a chance to secure the first place in their group, against New Zealand, in the last fixture of this round. But we are not so sure that this will be an easy task. Especially after New Zealand’s performance against Mexico. Now the Kiwis have no pressure, and they are in a position to relax and play their game. Of course, Selecao is a major favorite, and we will present you this encounter and suggest a few possible outcomes.
Once again Cristiano Ronaldo showed his skills and decided the game. The best player on earth scored an early goal and brought much needed three points to his national team. In this match, Portugal reminded on the last year’s European Championship, when they played tight and close games with low scoring and low tempo.
Exactly how they want it. Though, we have to add, that they had several more chances, but the concentration of the strikers was absent when they needed it the most.
It was the first game which ended under 2.5 goals after eight straight which ended over 2.5 goals.
Also, this was the 4th game in a row in which Portugal stayed unbeaten and 3rd during that span without allowing a goal.
New Zealand Preview
The Kiwis have a lot to regret after the game with Mexico. They had a lead after the first half-time, but eventually, they just couldn’t handle the pressure and lost in the end. To be honest, they didn’t disappoint, and they had many chances in this match. We won’t be wrong when we tell you that they deserved at least one point from this encounter. It is obvious that they lack experience in situations like this, and that they’re not used to play under these circumstances. It has been particularly obvious in the last 10 minutes, when they got provoked by a dirty play from the Mexicans.
After 5 straight games, they still didn’t keep a clean sheet, and this was only the second game in the last 10 which ended with 3 or more goals.
Unfortunately for New Zealand fans, this was also a 3rd straight defeat.
Portugal vs New Zealand Head to Head
This fixture will be the first ever between these two sides in history.
Portugal vs New Zealand Prediction
We might witness some changes in Portugal squad because coach Fernando Santos will try to experiment with other player. Also, he would like to keep his biggest stars away from potential injuries and fatigue. The Kiwis will play an open game without any calculations so we might expect an event with lots of goals. Over 2.5 is for certain, and we believe that over 3.5 is worth trying.