The hosts have a chance to secure the knock-out stage of the competition already in the second round, and if they do that, it will be a huge surprise. But first, they have to defeat the best team in Europe, Portugal. Seleccao had a setback against Mexico in the first round. Their mission against Sbornaya is to win, and anything less than three points would be recognized as a complete failure.
Once again Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow will be the venue of a fantastic clash, and we can’t wait for this game to start. In the next few paragraphs we will try to help you with your betting and provide a few pieces of information.
The Russian national team did a solid job against the Kiwis, but they have a much tougher test now. Portugal is an opponent who isn’t going to allow to be inferior on the field. Sbornaya had some bright moments against New Zealand, and eventually, put down a 2 goal margin win, which could have been more convincing. This was the 3rd game in the last 4, in which Russia scored two or more goals. That is a proof of improvement, and that the Russians are raising their form. In the last four games, Sbornaya scored in each, while keeping clean sheets in two.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the boys suffered a little bit of shock against Mexico. Hector Moreno’s injury time equalizer undoubtedly affected the team, and we are going to see what is the reaction. Portugal team came in Russia with the strongest possible squad, eager to win this trophy, and they will do everything necessary to overcame this setback. Encounter with Russia is the most important game for them, and if they do not win, the Europan champion will be in an awkward situation. We have to add, though, that Portugal often opens some major competition slow and afterward improve. Maybe this is the same situation.
The game against Mexico was 9th in the previous 10 in which the Seleccao scored at least two goals. Pretty impressive for Fernando Santos’ team.
Russia vs Portugal head to head
Before this game, Russia and Portugal played 6 times. Selecao has 3 victories, Russia 2 and we had one game without a winner.
When playing in Russian Federation, things are however different. Portugal never won. They have two losses and one draw. It seems that the Russian winter isn’t suitable for the Portuguese.
Luckily for them, this competition is played during summer.
Russia vs Portugal Prediction
This game will be full with tactical assignments and midfield duels. Portugal has a small advantage because they are after all a European Champions. And they have Cristiano Ronaldo.
We do not think that it is going to be a high-scoring affair and that a moderate number of goals will be involved, meaning, between 2 and 3.
As we said, Portugal is the favorite, but their win would be our second pick, the first one are goals mentioned above.